Invited Speakers

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John Carroll

From the Ground Up: The Grouse Group and International Conservation of Galliformes


John Carroll is Director and Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. He is interested in agriculture impacts on biodiversity and human-wildlife conflict. He has undertaken research and management of Galliformes in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Most recently John and his students studied helmeted guineafowl in bush areas in eastern Botswana. John is Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Galliformes Specialist Group and is particularly interested in working toward much more global collaboration among scientists and conservationists interested in all our species around the world.
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Jack Connelly

Declining Populations and Habitat: What have we Learned after 75 Years of Sage-Grouse Research?


After spending >30 years as a state research biologist, Jack Connelly is now mostly retired and hiding out in the mountains of southeast Idaho. He spends much of his free time wandering these landscapes with bird dogs, bow, or flyrod and his grandson Jake. Occasionally Jack's peaceful existence is disturbed when a colleague catches him in a weak moment and persuades him to give a presentation or in some other way be a little more professionally productive. Normally these efforts deal with greater sage-grouse, a species that Jack has been involved with for >40 years.
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Jeffrey Beck

Grouse Response to Human-Derived Impacts in the Anthropocene


Jeff Beck is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming. His research interests broadly encompass wildlife habitat ecology and management with a focus on linking resource selection and fitness of wildlife populations in disturbed rangeland systems. Research in his lab has centered on understanding the direct and indirect impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on grouse and ungulates, and evaluating the efficacy of conservation practices and policy for wildlife in sagebrush habitats. Stakeholders he has worked with extensively include private landowners, energy industry, and state and federal wildlife and land management agencies.
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Larkin Powell

Inferring Selection of Resources: A Journey Through Time, Space, and Innovation


Larkin Powell is a professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also serves as the Director of the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit and the Mission Area Leader for the Applied Ecology faculty in SNR. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on wildlife management and research, and his research program focuses on landscape dynamics, animal demography and movements, and decisions made by private landowners in the Great Plains and throughout the world.
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David Baines

Managing the Famous Grouse – knowing when enough is enough


David Baines is the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's Director of Upland Research in the UK. He has worked for the Trust since 1989, having graduated with a PhD from Durham University. He was based in Scotland for 10 years studying population dynamics of black grouse, capercaillie and the invertebrates needed by their chicks in relation to grazers and browsers. Now based in northern England, key studies undertaken include a large-scale experiment on the impact of generalist predators on ground-nesting birds, black grouse species recovery, grouse-raptor conflict resolution, and the roles of endo- and ecto-parasites in destabilising grouse dynamics.
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Jennifer Forbey

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Overdue: Marrying Mechanism with Patterns to Advance Grouse Ecology


Jennifer Forbey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA. Her lab uses analytical chemistry, physiology, ecology, and remote sensing to predict mechanisms and consequences of the chemical interactions between plants and vertebrate herbivores from cells, to individual organisms, to landscapes. She has applied these approaches to understand sage-grouse interacting with sagebrush in Western USA and ptarmigan and their interactions with birch and willow in Scandinavia. Her projects seek to explain seasonal, biogeographical, and co-evolutionary patterns of plants and vertebrate herbivores and help contribute to the management of these species.
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Erik Blomberg

Where Have We Been and Where are We Going? Grouse Population Ecology Past, Present, and Future


Dr. Erik Blomberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. He has spent nearly 15 years conducting research on grouse ecology throughout the United States, including work on greater sage-grouse, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse, and spruce grouse. More broadly, research in his lab is focused on wildlife population ecology, life history theory, habitat relationships, connections among these subject areas, and their collective relevance to species' conservation. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in wildlife population dynamics, demographic estimation, and ecology and management of game birds.
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Noppadol Paothong

Save the Last Dance and the Icon of the West


Noppadol Paothong is an award-winning nature/conservationist photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2006 and an Associate Fellow with the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). His work appears regularly in national publications including Audubon, National Wildlife Magazine, Sierra Club, Discovery Magazine and many others. Noppadol specializes in rare and endangered species with focus on grassland grouse and their fragile habitat. In addition, he has dedicated over 16 years to documenting the North American grassland grouse which resulted in two large format grand prize winners of the Indie Book Awards 2018; Save the Last Dance (2012) and Sage Grouse, Icon of the West (2017). He has received numerous national and international honors for his work including "Best of the Best," Picture of the year, and Missouri Photojournalist of the year.

For more info please visit: www.iconofthewest.com
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