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Quresh Latif

Researcher Ecologist
1648 South 7th Avenue
United States

Phone: 406-994-3002
Fax: 406-994-5916
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Current Research

  • Applying and evaluating habitat suitability models and occupancy models to describe and understand cavity nesting and other forest bird distributions in relation to large-scale disturbance and forest management activities (for example project, see
  • Differences in avian community responses to natural forest disturbance and management treatment with varying historic disturbance regime.
  • Simulation-based evaluation of statistical power and sampling design for regional occupancy-based monitoring of white-headed woodpeckers in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Development of GIS-based tools to apply habitat suitability and fire control models for informing forest & fire management (collaborations with Human Dimensions).
  • Factors influencing snag persistence and implications for disturbance-associated woodpeckers following mountain pine beetle outbreak.
  • Research Interests

  • Application of ecological models to inform conservation and management of sensitive species.
  • Coupling data analysis with simulations to improve inferences made from ecological models.
  • Hierarchical modeling and integrated data analysis for robust ecological inference.
  • Methodological and analytical approaches to monitoring populations and communities.
  • Causes and consequences of habitat selection in animals.
  • Past Research

  • Review of literature examining ecological consequences of mountain pine beetle outbreaks for wildlife (co-authored manuscript published).
  • Arthropod community dynamics in relation to mustard invasion in the Coachella Valley, CA (co-authored manuscript published).
  • Nest site selection and nest predation dynamics for Yellow Warblers in the Mono Lake basin (dissertation research; 4 manuscripts published in various journals).
  • Modeling seasonal detection patterns to inform population monitoring of burrowing owls (manuscript published).
  • Education

    • University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Dissertation topic: Nest-site selection and predation dynamics for an open-cup nesting songbird, the Yellow Warbler. 2009
    • University of California, Davis, B.S. Wildlife ecology and conservation 1998

    Professional Experience

    • Associate Editor, Journal of Wildlife Management
      2016 - Current
      Oversee peer review for manuscripts on various topics in wildlife population ecology, modeling, and management.
    • post-doctoral researcher, Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
      2011 - Current
      This position involves developing species distribution models and occupancy models for forest woodpeckers and bird communities. I work with various types of habitat suitability models to analyze environmental relationships with species occurrence and estimate species distributions. I also develop occupancy models in both Bayesian and frequentist frameworks to analyze habitat relationships and population trends for individual species or bird community responses to large-scale disturbance (fire, mountain pine beetle outbreak, and logging). In the course of this work, I have developed familiarity and expertise with statistical analysis in R, development of Bayesian models in WinBUGS, and projection of model outputs using GIS software. I have advised design of a long-term effectiveness monitoring study as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) to examine wildlife responses to forest management treatments. I have also provided guidance, advice, feedback, and training in implementation of analytic techniques to graduate students. In addition to research, I am developing and populating Access databases to organize, store, and improve data accessibility.
    • post-doctoral researcher, Center for Conservation Biology, U.C. Riverside
      2010 - 2011
      This position involved the study of species of conservation concern under the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. I focused much of my time on analyzing burrowing distributional data using both occupancy models and presence-only distribution modeling techniques. I also conducted surveys of animal and plant species, including endangered species, in aeolian sand habitats for population and community monitoring under the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Survey techniques employed included surveying vertebrates by censusing their tracks, pitfall trapping for sampling arthropods, quadrat sampling for plant surveys, and measurement of sand compaction using a sand penetrometer. I also developed and populated a database to store the data from these surveys and developed analytic approaches to answer research questions of concern for adaptive management of protected species. Data analyses were carried out using various software: R, ArcGIS, Presence, and MaxEnt.

    Awards & Recognition

    • Certificate of Merit, 2014
      Awarded for developing relational databases for more than twenty years of data collected for the Birds and Burns Network across the Interior West and for regional monitoring of White-headed Woodpeckers in the Inland Northwest. $750.
    • Travel Award, 2009
      Student Travel Award for the ESA annual meeting
    • Travel Award, 2009
      Student Travel Award for the AOU/COS joint meeting
    • Research Grant, 2008
      Distinguished Fellowship in Biology (UCR Biology Department)
    • Research Grant, 2007
      Mono Basin Bird Chautaqua Grant (Mono Lake Committee)
    • Research Grant, 2007
      Dissertation Research Grant (UC Riverside)
    • Equipment Grant, 2002
      Partners in Flight grant for nest-monitoring video camera systems

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    Research Highlights


    Contemporary Fire Effects on Birds Dependant on Historical Fire Regime

    Wildfire strongly shapes landscape structure and animal communities in dry forests of western North America. Forest Service research documents r ...


    Using habitat requirements of woodpeckers to design post-fire salvage logging

    Can we conduct economically-beneficial forest management while maintaining wildlife populations in recently burned forests? Study shows trade-of ...


    Last updated on : 03/18/2020