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Mike Knowles

240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins
United States

Phone: 970-498-2571
Fax: 970-498-1212
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Current Research

I use a variety of software (e.g., SAS, ArcGIS, COMDYN4) and data sources (e.g., National Land Cover Data (NLCD), Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), NatureServe) to create, analyze and maintain data sets used in a wide variety of research efforts. Currently, my primary effort is the status and trends of wildlife in fulfillment of the RPA Assessment.

Research Interests

Expanding my knowledge of software and their capabilities, increasing my efficiency in completing tasks and expanding the research opportunities available to the research scientist.

Past Research

  • RPA Wildlife Assessments and Updates since 1984.
  • Identifying potential suitable habitat for the Ivory-billed woodpecker across its historic range.
  • Montreal Process sustainable forestry initiative indicator reports.
  • Projecting biodiversity response to changes in landscape composition and habitat conditions in forest ecosystems.

Why This Research is Important

It expands the knowledge of how wildlife resources respond to changing environmental conditions, including shifts in land use and land management, human populations and housing, fragmentation of native vegetation, and climate change.


  • Colorado State University, B.S. Wildlife Biology 1984
  • Duke University, M.E.M. Resource Ecology 1992

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Last updated on : 12/14/2020