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Smith, Brian W.

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In 1999, Brian received his M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying Burrowing Owls and artificial burrow systems in southwestern Idaho.


Thesis Abstract

Thesis Research & Resulting Publications

From 1999 to 2002, Brian was a Research Assistant for the Division of Forestry at West Virginia University while working on his Ph.D.

Brian worked for the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) from 2002 to 2007, serving first as their Small Game/Farm Bill Program Coordinator and then as their Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator.

In 2006, Brian received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University, studying Ruffed Grouse survival.

From 2007 to 2012, he worked for the American Bird Conservancy as the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Coordinator.

Currently, he is working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the Deputy Chief of Migratory Birds for Region 6, based out of Lakewood, CO.


Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:

Katzner, T., B.W. Smith, T.A. Miller, D. Brandes, J. Cooper, M. Lanzone, D. Brauning, C. Farmer, S. Harding, D.E. Kramar, C. Koppie, C. Maisonneuve, M. Martell, E.K. Majica, C. Todd, J.A. Tremblany, M. Wheeler, D.F. Brinker, T.E. Chubbs, R. Gubler, K. O’Malley, S. Mehus, B. Porter, R.P. Brooks, B.D. Watts, and K.L. Bildstein. 2012. Status, biology, and conservation priorities for North America’s Eastern Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos) population. The Auk 129(1):168−176.

Bakermans, M. H., J. L. Larkin, B. W. Smith, T. M. Fearer, and B. C. Jones. 2011. Golden-winged Warbler habitat best management practices for forestlands in Maryland and Pennsylvania. American Bird Conservancy. The Plains, Virginia. 26 pp.

Smith, B.W., B.C. Jones, J. Edwards, C. A. Harper, P. Devers, C. Dobony, S. Haulton, J. Tirpak, J. Fettinger, W. Giuliano, and D. Buehler. 2011. Brood ecology. In. D.F. Stauffer, ed., Ecology and management of Appalachian Ruffed Grouse. Hancock House Press.

Smith B.W., D. Whittaker, and J. Edwards. 2011. Dispersal. In. D.F. Stauffer, ed., Ecology and management of Appalachian Ruffed Grouse. Hancock House Press.

Palmer-Ball, B., and B.W. Smith. 2010. Winter home range of a Golden Eagle in eastern Kentucky. The Kentucky Warbler 86:55-62.

Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Management Board. 2008. Implementation plan for the Appalachian Mountains joint venture: a foundation for all-bird conservation in the region. B.W. Smith (ed.). Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, Frankfort, KY.