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Greater Sage-Grouse research

Brian E. Dickerson

Wildlife Biologist
8221 Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City
South Dakota
United States

Phone: 605-716-2197
Fax: 605-374-6627
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Current Research

I am currently assisting research scientists in a number of projects. In the Black Hills of South Dakota we are estimating populations of Black-backed woodpeckers, determining woodpecker forage availability in wildfire and mountain pine beetle disturbed habitats, and monitoring change in understory vegetation with regard to timber harvest activities (special emphasis on invasives). In the sand hills region of Nebraska we are analyzing vegetation data from the 1950's and 1960's to current data after finding permanent plots in a Research Natural Area that has been protected from grazing and fire management.

Research Interests

I am interested in research that produces results that managers can use to better conserve our natural resources.  Anything that brings me outside and allows me to be a part of answering the questions that our land managers need answered is what drives me.   

Past Research

Past studies at the Rocky Mountain Research Station: Black-backed woodpecker resource selection, and Greater sage-grouse habitat ecology with respect to wind energy development.

As a graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos I studied urbanization effects of a common freshwater turtle species.

As an undergraduate at Texas A&M University I was fortunate to be part of a mini-research course through the Study Abroad program that took place in Swaziland, Africa. My group studied roost use by bat species we caught that resulted in a publication.

Why This Research is Important

All research is important in that it allows us to make better informed decisions about how we use our natural resources.


  • Texas State University-San Marcos, M.S. Wildlife Ecology 2010
  • Texas A&M University, B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Management 2009

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society, Member (2009 - Current)
    I started my involvement with The Wildlife Society through the student chapter at Texas A&M University. I joined The Widlife Society and the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society as well. Now I live in South Dakota and have become a member of the South Dakota Chapter and Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society. I currently hold an Certified Wildlife Biologist® certification with this organization.

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Research Highlights


Greater Sage-grouse Demographics Prior to Wind Energy Development

Wind energy is an alternative form of energy production that is generally accepted by the public as an answer to nonrenewable forms of energy pr ...


Last updated on : 10/04/2021