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Martin G. Raphael

Martin G. Raphael

Emeritus Senior Scientist
3625 93rd Ave SW
United States

Phone: 360-753-7662
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Current Research

My current work is exploring the population ecology of the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests on limbs of large coniferous trees in coastal zones of the Pacific Northwest. I also am investigating habitat relationships of the northern spotted owl and American marten.

Research Interests

  • Wildlife ecology and habitat relationships
  • Population dynamics
  • Ecology and management of threatened, endangered, or sensitive wildlife

Past Research

My past work focused on the ecology of cavity-nesting birds, efficacy of riparian buffer systems on sensitive wildlife, and habitat relations of vertebrates associated with older forests.

Why This Research is Important

My work helps inform land managers about potential effects of alternative land management options on wildlife and provides information to help guide development of new management options. My research helps to advance the science of wildlife management.


  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A. Social Sciences 1968
  • University of California Berkeley, B.S. Conservation of Natural Resources 1972
  • University of California Berkeley, Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology 1980

Professional Organizations

  • Cooper Ornithological Society, President (2015 - Current)
  • Association of Field Ornithologists, Board Member (2014 - Current)
  • The Wildlife Society, Associate Editor (2004 - 2007)
    Journal of Wildlife Management
  • Ecological Society of America, Associate Editor (1994 - 1997)
    Ecological Applications
  • The Wildlife Society, Associate Editor (1987 - 1991)
    The Wildlife Society Bulletin

Awards & Recognition

  • Recovery Champion, 2012
    US Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species award for contributions to Northern Spotted Owl recovery team
  • Wings across the Americas award, 2009
    Research and partnership award for studeis of the ecology and population dynamics of Marbled Murrelet in the Pacific Northwest
  • Honor Award, 2001
    USFS Chief's honor award for superior science for sustained contributions of wildlife research applied to critical land management issues in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Outstanding publication, the Wildlife Society, 1997
    For Demography of the Northern Spotted Owl, Studies in Avian Biology No. 17
  • Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Department of Justice, 1995
    For outstanding performance and invaluable assistance in support of the Environment and Natural Resources Division

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Research Highlights


Maps of Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Look 50 Years Ahead

Station scientists developed detailed wall-to-wall maps of marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl habitat, both current and 50 years into the ...


Marbled murrelet populations are declining in the Northwest Forest Plan area

The marbled murrelet, a seabird, is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The 1996 Northwest Forest Plan is the guiding plan fo ...


Scientists Study Marbled Murrelet Populations and Nesting Habitat Under the Northwest Forest Plan

The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation of the murrelet is an objective of the Northwe ...


Last updated on : 09/30/2021