Curriculum Vitae for Greg Forcey

Professional experience, publications, education, and skills for Dr. Greg Forcey

Curriculum Vitae for Greg Forcey
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregforcey

Current Position

Principal Scientist and Certified Wildlife Biologist® with Normandeau Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm involved with research, management, conservation, and consulting, specializing in onshore and offshore energy consulting

Summary

I am a Principal Scientist and Project Manager dedicated to helping clients reduce the impacts of development on wildlife. My current work focuses on wind, solar, transmission, and distribution projects and researching how to best reduce impacts on birds and bats. My biggest passion is using technological tools to answer ecological questions:

  • Remote sensing of marine wildlife in the offshore environment to understand temporal and spatial trends in wildlife population dynamics
  • Remote sensing of bird and bat activity in the rotor swept zone of offshore wind turbines
  • Developing smart curtailment systems for wind turbines to shut down in the presence of birds or bats, with the objective of reducing mortality

While I enjoy the high-tech side of science, project management and client relations are also a central focus of my work:

  • I believe there is always a solution to a problem or challenge.
  • I enjoy working in teams and using each person’s talents to solve a problem.
  • I listen more than I talk.

Regardless of the wildlife issues or research, you may be interested in, I’m confident I can help you arrive at a solution. If I don’t have the expertise you need, I’ll help you find someone who does, either within our company or externally, so you’ll always have the best available resources to complete your project. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me, and we’ll talk soon.

Education

Degree Institution Year Major GPA
Ph.D. North Dakota State University 2006 Zoology 3.86/4.0
MS West Virginia University 2002 Wildlife and Fisheries Resources 4.0/4.0
BS Pennsylvania State University 2000 Wildlife and Fisheries Science 3.73/4.0

Professional Experience

Position Organization Dates Employed
Principal Scientist Normandeau Associates, Inc. 2018-Present
Data Analyst University of Florida 2016-2018
Senior Scientist Normandeau Associates, Inc. 2011-2018
Ecologist Pandion Systems, Inc. 2006-2011
Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant North Dakota State University 2002-2006
M.S. Graduate Research Assitant West Virginia University 2000-2002
Seasonal Wildlife Technician Pennsylvania Game Commission 1999
Field Research Assistant Pennsylvania State University 1998

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Forcey, G. M., K. Gilland, and C. Denny. 2016. A GIS-based model to predict electrocutions of bald eagle and wood stork in Florida. Pages 331–343 in Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management, 11th International Symposium. Utility Arborist Association, 20–23 September 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Robinson-Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, and L. A. Hooton. 2015. Developing an automated risk management tool to minimize bird and bat mortality at wind facilities. Ambio. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0707-z.
  • Forcey, G. M., W. E. Thogmartin, G. M. Linz, P. C. McKann, S. M. Crimmins. 2015. Spatially explicit modeling of blackbird abundance in the Prairie Pothole Region. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:1022–1033.
  • Forcey, G. M., W. E. Thogmartin, G. M. Linz, P. C. McKann. 2014. Land use and climate affect black tern, northern harrier, and marsh wren abundance in the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States. Condor: Ornithological Applications 116:226–241.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Lavallee, C. Newman, and C. Sutter. 2014. A spatial habitat model to predict exposure of bald eagles to distribution poles in central Florida. Pages 141–148 in Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 10th International Symposium. Utility Arborist Association, 30 September–3 October 2012, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Forcey, G., J. Newman, J. Lindsay, and C. Newman. 2012. Spatial modeling monk parakeet distributions on electric utility structures in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida. Pages 221–229 in Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 9th International Symposium. International Society of Arboriculture, 27–30 September 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., W. E. Thogmartin, G. M. Linz, W. J. Bleier, P. C. McKann. 2011. Land use and climate influences on waterbirds in the Prairie Potholes. Journal of Biogeography 38:1694–1707.
  • Burger, J., C. Gordon, L. Niles, J. Newman, G. Forcey, and L. Vliestra. 2011. Risk evaluation for federally listed (roseate tern, piping plover) or candidate (red knot) bird species in offshore waters: A first step for managing the potential impacts of wind facility development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. Renewable Energy 36:338–351.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier. 2008. Modeling wetland blackbird populations as a function of waterfowl abundance in the prairie pothole region of the United States and Canada. Environmental Bioindicators 3:124–135. (This paper was voted best paper overall for 2008 in Environmental Bioindicators.)
  • Petersen, M. L., G. M. Linz, G. Forcey, W. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier. 2008. Evaluation of stop-level vs. route-level Breeding Bird Survey counts for modeling the influence of land use and climate on breeding blackbird abundance in North Dakota. Pages 122–124 in Proceedings of the 23rd Vertebrate Pest Conference. Vertebrate Pest Council, 17–20 March 2008, San Diego, California, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier. 2007. Influence of land use and climate on wetland breeding birds in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:421–436.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. T. Anderson, F. K. Ammer, and R. C. Whitmore. 2006. Comparison of two double-observer point count approaches for estimating breeding bird abundance. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1674–1681.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2004. Influences of land use patterns on blackbird abundance in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota. Pages 368–403 in Proceedings of the 16th International Sunflower Conference. International Sunflower Association, 29 August–2 September 2004, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. T. Anderson. 2002. An assessment of avian fauna on the Camp Dawson Collective Training Area, Kingwood, West Virginia. Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences 74:39–55.
  • Anderson, J. T., G. M. Forcey, J. D. Osbourne, and A. B. Spurgeon. 2002. The importance and use of wildlife management plans: an example from the Camp Dawson Collective Training Area. Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences 74:8–17.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. T. Anderson. 2002. Variation in bird detection probabilities and abundances among different point count durations and plot sizes. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 56:331–342.

Book Chapters

  • Forcey, G. M., and W. E. Thogmartin. 2017. Effects of habitat and climate change on blackbird populations. Pages 101–118 in G. M. Linz, M. L. Avery, and R. A. Dolbeer, editors. Ecology and management of blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M. 2013. Maps for Bats. Geoworld Magazine. April 2013, pp 22-25.

Skills

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Field: Deploy Trimble GPS units running Windows Mobile and ESRI ArcPad 10 to field technicians; design project files to collect point, line, and polygon field data; utilize ArcPad 10 Application Builder to build custom applications and data forms for field data collection; explain ArcPad 10 operation to non-technical users
Cartographic: Download field data from mobile GPS units; edit feature classes and attribute tables; create consistent and standardized symbology and nomenclature for map features; develop and print publication-quality maps for reports
Data Management: Generate descriptive statistics; assign or convert map projections and coordinate systems; create new vector and raster layers in geo-databases; organize, manage, and update spatial data in geo-databases; convert data between raster and vector formats; evaluate spatial data for quality control and quality assurance
Analysis: Geocode address locations; merge and join attribute tables with other spatial datasets; perform surface interpolation; create new grids with raster algebra; reclassify raster data; clip and merge multiple data layers; perform hot spot and correlation analyses on spatial data; use ArcGIS ModelBuilder to automate repetitive tasks and maintain efficient workflow
Software: ArcView 3.x, ArcGIS 8.x-10.x, ArcPad 6.x-10.x, Spatial Analyst extension, xTools, ET Geowizards, CrimeStat, FRAGSTATS
GIS Integration: Integrate GIS data with statistical and spreadsheet software such as WinBUGS and Microsoft Excel; perform regression analyses using GIS data

Computer

Operating Systems: Windows 7-Windows 10, macOS, iOS
Word Processing: Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat
Presentation and Poster Creation: Microsoft PowerPoint
Data Entry and Management: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, SAS, R
Image Manipulation: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom
Digital Media Management: Photo Mechanic, Adobe Bridge
Website Creation: Adobe Dreamweaver
Reference Management: Zotero, Papers, Bookends, Endnote, Mendeley
Version Control: Git and Github

Statistics

Statistical software: JMP, R, SAS, WinBUGS, OpenBUGS
R Packages: base, dplyr, ggplot2, Hmisc, lme4, rstanarm, stat, tidyr
Statistical analyses:

  • Descriptive statistics, ANOVA, ANCOVA, logistic and multiple regression, multiple non-parametric tests, mixed-effects models, hierarchical models
  • Information-theoretic approaches to model building and fitting
  • Bayesian approaches to model fitting, including Markov chain Monte Carlo

Communication

Written: Budgets, proposals, reports, peer-reviewed publications, posters, management plans
Oral: Scientific presentations, presenting information to non-technical audiences
Internet: Web pages, mailing lists, discussion forums, social media

Field

  • Eastern and central U.S. bird and mammal field identification
  • Point count, line transect (by land and boat), mist-netting, and spot mapping techniques for surveying birds
  • Ground telemetry equipment and techniques
  • Eastern tree and shrub identification
  • Trimble, Garmin, and Magellan GPS units
  • Photographic documentation of sightings and specimens
  • Gopher Tortoise handling and relocation
  • Certified Alpha-Chlorolose Trainer/Applicator (USDA)
  • Manual transmission vehicles, loaders, dump trucks, ATV’s, and chainsaws
  • Able to lift >100 pounds
  • Valid Florida State Driver’s License

Presentations

  • Robinson Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, and J. Clerc. 2021. BOEM Aerial Digital Surveys Offshore North and South Carolina: Overview of Bird Results. American Marine Bird Collaborative, Annual Meeting. 7–9 December 2021, Virtual.
  • Robinson Willmott, J., and G. M. Forcey. 2021. Innovation and Environmental Compliance – From Ideas to Implementation to Meet the Speed of OSW. Business Network for Offshore Wind's International Partnering Forum, 22–26 August 2021, Richmond, Virginia, USA (Invited Panel).
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Robinson-Willmott. 2021. Are models an effective tool for evaluating collision risk at wind facilities? 76th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Virtual Conference, 26–28 April 2021, Virtual.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Robinson-Willmott. 2020. Evaluating model-based approaches to assess collision risk at wind facilities. AWWI 13th Annual Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, 1–4 December, Virtual.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Robinson-Willmott. 2020. Assessing Collision Risks at Wind Facilities Using Model-Based Approaches. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. 28 September–2 October, Virtual.
  • Forcey, G. M., W. E. Thogmartin, and G. M. Linz. 2020. A review of potential climate change impacts on blackbird distributions in North America. Bird Damage Management Conference, 11–13 February 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. (Invited Plenary Presentation)
  • Robinson-Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, and S. Clough. 2019. Inter-annual variations in bird distribution, density, and flight activity over 2 years of NY Bight survey data. The Waterbird Society Annual Meeting, 6–9 November 2019, Princess Anne, Maryland, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Robinson-Willmott, and S. Clough. 2019. Using marine bird vulnerability indices with high-resolution digital aerial survey data to inform offshore wind siting. Joint Meeting of the American Fisheries Society and Wildlife Society, 29 September–3 October 2019, Reno, Nevada, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M. 2019. A spatial tool for predicting electrocution risk to birds: new developments and optimizations. Avian Powerline Interaction Committee spring meeting, 1–2 April 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M. and J. Robinson-Willmott. 2018. Sharing and visualizing results from ongoing digital aerial surveys using the ReMOTe data portal. AWWI 12th Annual Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, 27–30 November 2018, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Robinson-Willmott, and S. Clough. 2018. Are current monitoring approaches adequate for identifying causes of seabird population changes? Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative (AMBC) Marine Spatial Planning Working Group Meeting, 15 November 2018, Woodbury, New York, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., L. Hooton, and C. Sutter. 2016. Reductions in bat mortality at wind facilities vary depending on operational curtailment strategy. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., K. Gilland, and C. Denny. 2016. Mapping bald eagle and wood stork electrocution risk in the Florida peninsula. Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., C. Denny, and K. Gilland. 2015. Using spatially explicit models to predict bald eagle and wood stork electrocutions in Florida. Avian Power Line Interaction Committee fall meeting, Jupiter, Florida, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., C. Denny, and K. Gilland. 2015. A GIS-based model to predict electrocutions of bald eagle and wood stork in Florida. Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 11th International Symposium, 20–23 September 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Robinson-Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, and C. Sutter. 2014. Using remote acoustic and thermal sensing detectors to reduce mortality at onshore and offshore wind facilities (ATOM). Wind Wildlife Research Meeting X, 2–5 December 2014, Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., C. Denny, and K. Gilland. 2014. Using spatially explicit models to predict bald eagle and wood stork electrocutions in Florida. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Newman, J. Lindsay, and C. Newman. 2013. Spatial modeling monk parakeet distributions on electric utility structures from 2001-2007 in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida. Avian Interactions with Powerlines Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., C. Newman, and C. Sutter. 2012. Using spatial models to predict relative collision risks of horned larks and hoary bats at wind farms in the central United States. Wind Wildlife Research Meeting IX, 28–30 November 2012, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • Hooton, L., A. Costello, C. Sutter, and G. Forcey. 2012. The Influence of Specific Atmospheric Variables on Fall Bat Activity Varies Among Geographic Regions and Species. Wind Wildlife Research Meeting IX, 28–30 November 2012, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • Hooton, L., A. Costello, C. Sutter, and G. Forcey. 2012. The influence of specific atmospheric variables on fall bat activity varies among geographic regions and species. 42nd Annual North American Society for Bat Research Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Hooton, L., A. Costello, C. Sutter, and G. Forcey. 2012. The influence of specific atmospheric variables on fall bat activity varies among geographic regions and species. The Wildlife Society 19th Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Forcey, G., C. Newman, C. Sutter, and D. Catrett. 2012. A spatial habitat model to predict exposure of bald eagles to distribution poles in central Florida. Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management, 10th International Symposium, 30 September–12 October 2012, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Forcey, G. 2011. Evaluating large scale collision risks of songbirds and tree-bats with wind turbines using spatial habitat modeling. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Research Webinar.
  • Gordon, C., K. Karsten, A. Hale, G. Forcey, S. Turner, J. Grzybowski, B. Suson, J. Kuba, H. Greeney. 2011. Reproductive success of black-capped vireos and other shrub-nesting passerines in relation to distance from wind turbines. 129th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, 24–29 July 2011, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
  • Forcey, G. 2010. A habitat-based wind-wildlife risk tool with application to the upper great plains region. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Wind Wildlife Research Meeting VIII, 19–21 October 2010, Lakewood, Colorado, USA.
  • Forcey, G., C. Gordon, J. Burger, and L. Niles. 2010. Evaluating piping plover and red knot use of the AOCS during migration using the Avian Knowledge Network. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Wind Wildlife Research Meeting VIII, 19–21 October 2010, Lakewood, Colorado, USA.
  • Gordon, C., K. Karsten, A. Hale, G. Forcey, S. Turner, J. Grzybowski, B. Suson, J. Kuba, and H. Greeney. 2010. Reproductive success of black-capped vireos and other shrub-nesting passerines in relation to distance from wind turbines. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Wind Wildlife Research Meeting VIII, 19–21 October 2010, Lakewood, Colorado, USA.
  • Forcey, G., C. Gordon, J. Burger, and L. Niles. 2010 Evaluating piping plover and red knot use of the AOCS during migration using the Avian Knowledge Network. AWEA North American Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition, 5–7 October 2010, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M. 2010. A habitat-based wind-wildlife risk tool with application to the upper great plains region. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Wildlife Workgroup Call. (Webinar)
  • Forcey, G. M., J. Newman, and J. Lindsay. 2009. Spatial modeling monk parakeet distributions on electric utility structures from 2001-2006 in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida, USA. Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 9th International Symposium, 27–30 September 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. R. Newman, J. R. Lindsay, and C. M. Newman. 2009. Spatial modeling Monk Parakeet distributions on electric utility structures from 2001-2006/2007 in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida. Florida Ornithological Society Fall Meeting, 2–4 October 2009, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
  • Forcey G. M. 2008. Using spatial data to study wind turbine effects on wildlife. AWEA/Audubon workshop on spatial data and its implications on wind-wildlife interactions. Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier. 2006. Evaluating regional land use and climate influences on waterbird populations in the Prairie Pothole Region. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, 23–27 September 2006, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier. 2006. Examining influences of landscape-level environmental variables on passerines in the United States portion of the Prairie Pothole Region. Northern Plains Biological Symposium, 7 April 2006, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M. 2005. Websites for biologists: using the internet to communicate your research. Northern Plains Biological Symposium, 4 March 2005, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. T. Anderson. 2002. An evaluation of two new point count approaches for conducting avian surveys. 58th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, Portland, Maine, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. T. Anderson. 2002. A comparison of two different double-observer approaches for conducting bird point counts. West Virginia Academy of Sciences, 77th Annual Meeting, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. T. Anderson. 2002. Faunal assessment on the Camp Dawson Collective Training Area, Kingwood, West Virginia: A Focus on Avifauna. West Virginia Academy of Sciences, 77th Annual Meeting, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. T. Anderson. 2002. The efficacy of using two observers when conducting point counts for birds. West Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Stonewall Jackson State Park, West Virginia, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. T. Anderson, and F. K. Ammer. 2001. A comparison of bird abundance within habitat types using two different point count methodologies. 57th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., J. T. Anderson, and F. K. Ammer. 2001. A comparison of bird abundance within habitat types using two different point count methodologies. West Virginia Academy of Sciences, 76th Annual Meeting, West Liberty, West Virginia, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., D. W. Brauning, and D. R. Diefenbach. 2000. Grassland birds on reclaimed strip mines in western Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA.

Posters

  • Forcey, G. M., and J. Robinson-Willmott. 2019. Using NYSERDA survey data to apply indices of bird sensitivity to offshore wind developments. Business Network for Offshore Wind's International Partnering Forum, 8–10 April 2019, New York, New York, USA.
  • Robinson-Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, and S. Clough. 2018. Using a real-life case study to apply indices of bird sensitivity to offshore wind developments. AWWI 12th Annual Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, 27–30 November 2018, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
  • Robinson-Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, G. Lampman, S. Clough, and A. Pembroke. 2018. Seasonal variability in occurrence of marine animals in the New York Bight using ultra-high resolution aerial imagery. State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Development, 13–14 November 2018, Woodbury, New York, USA.
  • Robinson-Willmott, J., G. M. Forcey, and S. Clough. 2018. An application of bird sensitivity indices to offshore wind development. AWEA Offshore Windpower, 15–16 October 2018, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Hooton, L., C. Sutter., and G. M. Forcey. 2016. Comparison of operational curtailment strategies for reducing bat mortality at wind facilities. Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI, 29 November–2 December 2016, Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., and J. Robinson-Willmott. 2016. Influence of black-capped vireo nest predation and parasitism with distance to wind turbines. AWEA Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, 22–23 March 2016, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
  • Forcey, G., C. Newman, and C. Sutter. 2012. Using spatial models to predict golden eagle and eastern red bat mortality at wind farms in the central United States. The Wildlife Society 19th annual conference, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Forcey, G., C. Newman, and C. Sutter. 2012. Predicting horned lark and silver-haired bat collision mortality at wind farms using geostatistical models. Windpower 2012 Conference and Exhibition, 3–6 June 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Forcey, G., C. Newman, and C. Sutter. 2010. Predicting wind turbine collision mortality using spatial models of avian and bat habitat and exposure. National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Wind Wildlife Research Meeting VIII, 19–21 October 2010, Lakewood, Colorado, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., C. Sutter, and J. Newman. 2008. Adapting ecological risk assessment to evaluate impacts of wind turbines on wildlife. AWEA Windpower, 1–4 June 2008, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier. 2006. Modeling blackbird abundance in the Prairie Pothole Region using a hierarchical spatial model. National Sunflower Research Forum, 2006, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2004. Influences of land use patterns on blackbird abundance in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota. International Sunflower Conference, 29 August–2 September 2004, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
  • Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier. 2004. Large-scale climate and land cover influences on blackbird populations in the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States and Canada. National Sunflower Association Research Forum 2004, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.

Professional Affiliations

  • Alachua County Emerging Leaders, Historian (2011-2012)
  • Alachua County Emerging Leaders, Social Director (2007-2011)
  • American Ornithologists’ Union
  • Association of Field Ornithologists
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • The Wildlife Society
    • Chair of the Spatial Ecology and Telemetry Working Group of the Wildlife Society (2006-2008)
    • Chair-Elect of the Renewable Energy Working Group of the Wildlife Society (2013-2014)
    • Chair of the Renewable Energy Working Group of the Wildlife Society (2014-2016)
  • Wilson Ornithological Society
  • North Dakota State University Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association (Served as Secretary in 2003 and Vice President in 2004)
  • West Virginia University Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Historian in 2001-2002)
  • Xi Sigma Pi (Vice “Forester” in 2001-2002)
  • West Virginia University Graduate Student Association (Treasurer in 2001-2002)

Professional Development

  • Integrating NEPA into U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Activities
  • Unmarked package for R: Online training on data analysis of unmarked animals
  • Learn R: Online training on the R statistical software provided by USGS
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • ESRI Online Training: ArcGIS I, ArcGIS II, Learning ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • Landscape Scripting Language
  • Strategic Project Management
  • NEXRAD and Merlin Radar Training
  • Natural Communities of the Florida Panhandle

Service

  • Anonymous Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals
    • Ecology
    • Ecological Applications
    • Condor
  • Volunteer Abstract Reviewer for National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Research Meeting (2010, 2012).
  • Alachua County Champions for Charity Kickball Tournament (2007-2012)
  • Junior Achievement Bowling Fundraiser (2010)
  • Gainesville Christmas Bird Count (2006)
  • Gainesville Junior High Science Fair Judging (2006)
  • North Dakota Science Olympiad (2004, 2006)
  • North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society (2004)
  • North Dakota Governor’s School (2003-2004)
  • Webmaster for Graduate Student pages at North Dakota State University (2003-2006)
  • Pennsylvania Christmas Bird Counts (1996-2002)
  • Pennsylvania International Migratory Bird Counts (1995-2000)
  • Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Birding Cup (2000)
  • Birds in Forested Landscapes Project (1997)
  • Project Feederwatch (1995-1996)
  • Project Tanager (1995-1996)

Teaching

  • Assistant Field Trip Leader (2009), Santa Fe College: Taught students bird identification skills at Paynes Prairie State Preserve
  • Biology Teaching Assistant (2000-2002), West Virginia University: Instructed laboratories on seed germination, osmosis, statistical analyses, microscope use, Drosophila genetics, population genetics, photosynthesis, transport mechanisms, sea urchin reproduction, and segmental regeneration; graded laboratory reports and assisted students in improving their scientific writing; rated an excellent instructor by the majority of students
  • Guest Lecturer (2001), West Virginia University: Presented a lecture on Aldo Leopold’s contributions to wildlife conservation

Honors and Awards

  • Alachua County Emerging Leaders President’s Award for Leadership (2011)
  • NDSU Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Ph.D. Student (2004, 2005)
  • Penn State University Dean’s List (7 semesters)
  • Fisher Photography Award of Excellence (2000)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta-The Honor Society of Agriculture (1999-2000)
  • Horace T. Woodward Scholarship (1999)
  • Ferguson-Cope Forestry Award (1998, 1999)
  • Irvin C. Reigner Endowment Scholarship (1997)
  • Wilber W. Ward Memorial Scholarship (1996)
  • Lycoming Audubon Scholarship (1996, 1997)