I am currently a master’s student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where my research focus is the historical ecology of prairie grouse in the Nebraska Sandhills. I use old data to explore the relationship between greater prairie-chicken and sharp-tailed grouse abundance and distribution with an emphasis on how environmental drivers may shape population trends in the context of space and time.
I will be pursing my PhD at Utah State University studying Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep with the goal of constructing a spatially-explicit population viability analysis to inform the recovery and management of this endangered species.
I am generally interested in applied ecological questions related to environmental drivers of population demography. I enjoy trying to connect changes in a species’ environment to changes in abundance and distribution through mechanisms that operate on vital rates. Put simply, I like to explore what is happening to populations and why to help resource managers make better-informed decisions.
I’m a native of Wisconsin and hold a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I spent my time as an undergraduate studying the nest site selection of northern bobwhite quail in agricultural environments, as well as den site selection of wintering porcupines. After graduation, I lived abroad in Tokyo, Japan working as an English as a second language instructor and eating copious amounts of sushi and ramen before returning to the US for graduate school. My personal interests include outdoor recreation, marathon running, painting, spending time with my family and sexual trauma advocacy work.
Keeping Prairie Grouse on the Prairie with Danielle Berger
Danielle Berger, doctoral student at Utah State University and an upcoming speaker for the CGS Fall Seminar Series, discusses using the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s historical prairie grouse monitoring data to assess long-term historical population trends.