Gunnison Sage-grouse Research
During 2011 & 2012, I conducted two studies related to the social context of the proposed listing of the Gunnison Sage-grouse as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
In the first study, I was interested in what local experts, both formally trained biologists and long-term local observers, knew about grouse ecology and conservation. I recently presented this research at the Society for Range Management meeting and the project has been published in Human-Wildlife Interactions journal (on right).
In the second project, I was interested in how local agricultural land owners perceive the listing decision and how they plan to respond if the Gunnison Sage-grouse is listed. I presented the results at the Applied Anthropology meeting in Denver March 2013. I am also planning to submit this project to a peer-reviewed journal (TBA).
In addition, I drafted the results into a report that I submitted during the comment period to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
I appreciate the funding and support I have received for supplies and travel expenses from Gunnison County, Gunnison City, and the Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District. Butch Clark generously donated lodging, and my time for this project was volunteered.
I also want to thank all of the participants in both of these projects who generously donated their time, shared their knowledge, and taught me about this species and its conservation context. I also would like to thank Jim Cochran, who tirelessly connected me with the right people and reviewed numerous drafts of materials. Thanks are also due to my committee who has been remarkably flexible in allowing me to pursue this personal passion, Robbie Le Valley who provided advice on early drafts of the survey, Nathan Sayre who has reviewed drafts and provided helpful comments, and Peter Fix for providing expertise and advice in survey design and analysis.
Presentation in Gunnison