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field work in southern Arizona

Joseph L. Ganey

Research Wildlife Biologist
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff
Arizona
United States
86001

Phone: 928-556-2156
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Curriculum vitae (203 KB PDF)


Current Research

• Occupancy and reproduction of Mexican spotted owls twelve plus years after the rodeo-Chediski fire
• Effects of high-severity wildfire on Mexican spotted owls • Multi-scale habitat relationships of Mexican spotted owls
• Monitoring dynamics of snag and log populations in southwestern mixed-conifer and ponderosa pine forests.
• Evaluating fire effects on bird and small mammal communities
• Developing sampling designs and optimizing resources for monitoring programs
• Assessing large-scale effects of wildfire and climate change on bird and vegetation communities in the Sky Islands, Arizona

Research Interests

• Multi-scale habitat relationships of native wildlife • Linking demography and habitat at multiple scales • Ecology of southwestern forests • Conservation of threatened and endangered species • Development and refinement of efficient monitoring methods • Ecology and demography of the Mexican spotted owl • Dynamics of snags in southwestern forests • Effects of climate change on native wildlife and their habitats.

Past Research

Selected papers across research areas:
Wan, H-Y., S. A. Cushman, and J. L. Ganey. 2019. Improving habitat and connectivity model predictions with multi-scale resource selection functions from two geographic areas. Landscape Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00788-w.
Sanderlin, J. S., W. M. Block, B. E. Strohmeyer, J. L. Ganey, and V. A. Saab. 2019. Precision gain versus effort with joint models using detection/non-detection and banding data. Ecology and Evolution 9:804-817.
Wan, H-Y., S. A. Cushman, and J. L. Ganey. 2018. Habitat fragmentation reduces genetic diversity and connectivity of the Mexican spotted owl: a simulation study using empirical resistance models. Genes 9, 403; doi:10.3390/genes9080403.
Ganey, J. L., H. Y. Wan, S. A. Cushman, and C. D. Vojta. 2017. Conflicting perspectives on spotted owls, wildfire, and forest restoration. Fire Ecology 13(3). Doi: 10.4996/fireecology.130318020.
Ganey, J. L, J. M. Iniguez, J. A. Sanderlin, and W. M. Block. 2017. Developing a Monitoring Program for Bird Populations in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, Using Citizen Observers: Initial Stages. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-368. 30 pp.
Ganey, J. L. 2016. Recommendations for snag retention in southwestern mixed-conifer and ponderosa pine forests: history and current status. Wildlife Society Bulletin 40:192-201.
Ganey, J. L., W. M. Block, J. S. Sanderlin, and J. M. Iníguez. 2015. Comparative nest site use of painted redstarts and red-faced warblers in the Madrean Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona. Western North American Naturalist 75:291-300.

Why This Research is Important

Land managers require high-quality scientific information to meet the many challenges inherent in managing public lands. This includes information on basic ecology of native species at various spatial and temporal scales, information on the dynamics of the systems those species inhabit, and information on how various management actions affect those dynamics. Managers also need more efficient monitoring methodologies, as well as ways to integrate monitoring data in management planning. These needs are critical for managing public lands for sustainability and conservation of biodiversity in an era of changing climates and increasing demand on natural resources. This research addresses these information needs, providing information that allows for improved management and conservation of natural resources.

Education

  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, B.S. Wildlife Management 1981
  • Northern Arizona University, M.S. Biology 1988
  • Northern Arizona University, Ph.D. Zoology 1991

Professional Experience

  • Research Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
    1991 - Current

Awards & Recognition

  • Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award., 2018
    Presented to the international team working to conserve the Mexican spotted owl, led by Dr. Ganey. International Forestry Program, Washington Office, USFS. Washington, D.C.
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station 2017 Conservation Education Award. , 2018
    Team award to the Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program, including Dr. Ganey.
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station Technology Transfer Publication Award, 2011
    Annual award for outstanding publication in technology transfer.
  • USDI Conservation Service Award for extraordinary service in the conservation of Americas wildlife., 1999
    This is the highest award given by the Department of Interior to persons not employed by the Department.
  • Wildlife Habitat Relationships Award. , 1996
    Presented for outstanding contributions to Arizona's wildlife habitat resources.

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Publications

Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Wan, H-Y., S. A. Cushman, and J. L. Ganey. 2019. Improving habitat and connectivity model predictions with multi-scale resource selection functions from two geographic areas. Landscape Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00788-w.

  • Wan, H-Y., S. A. Cushman, and J. L. Ganey. 2019. Recent and projected wildfire trends across the ranges of three spotted owl subspecies under climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7:37. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00037.

  • Sanderlin, J. S., W. M. Block, B. E. Strohmeyer, J. L. Ganey, and V. A. Saab. 2019. Precision gain versus effort with joint models using detection/non-detection and banding data. Ecology and Evolution 9:804-817.

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2016-185
Ecology of Mexican Spotted Owls in the Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico

Forest Service scientists identify owl habitat health, allowing managers to focus restoration treatments outside of owl nest areas.

2016


RMRS-2017-194
Mexican spotted owls, forest restoration, fire, and climate change

The Mexican spotted owl is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and is vulnerable to habitat loss from wildfire and c ...

2017


RMRS-2016-187
Monitoring Bird Communities with Citizen Science in the Sky Islands

The Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona have bird species found nowhere else in the U.S., which leads to a vibrant state and local ecotourism in ...

2016


RMRS-2012-02
Scientists Study Endangered Mexican Spotted Owl

Research provides information useful to managers charged with conserving and restoring Mexican spotted owls and their habitat

2012


FPL-2016-197
Southwestern Forests: The Importance of Snags and Logs

Snags (standing dead trees) and logs are a critical component of ecosystems. They contribute to decay dynamics and other ecological processes in ...

2016


RMRS-2013-128
Study Looks Into Nesting Habitats of Threatened Mexican Spotted Owls

Scientists worked with land managers to study nesting habitats of the Mexican spotted owl in New Mexico. Findings provide a template for preser ...

2013


Last updated on : 05/01/2019