McGowan, Conor

Conor McGowan, Asst. Research Professor

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Education: B.S., Wake Forest University, 2000, Biology; M.S., North Carolina State University, 2004, Zoology; Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2008, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.
Teaching Responsibilities: Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management, modeling for natural resource management
Research Interests: Applied ecology, endangered species management and conservation, adaptive management, population modeling, ornithology (particularly shorebirds and coastal birds).
AuthorsYearTitlePublishing InfoLink
McGowan C.P.2013A structured approach to incidental take decision making, Environmental Management 51:241–250.
McGowan CP2015Comparing models of Red Knot population dynamics.The Condor: ornithological applications, The Condor 117, 494-502.
McGowan CP, Lyons JE, Smith DR. 2015Developing Objectives with Multiple Stakeholders: Adaptive Management of Horseshoe Crabs and Red Knots in the Delaware Bay.Environmental Management 55:972–982.
McGowan, C. P. M.C. Runge, M.A. Larson,2011Incorporating parametric uncertainty into population viability analysis models.Biological Conservation 144: 1400-1408.
McGowan, C.P. and M. R. Ryan.2010Arguments for using population models in incidental take assessments for endangered species.Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2: 183-188.
McGowan, C.P.,2012Demography. in: T. Simons, E. Nol, R. Beotcher (eds.) The American Oysterchatcher, in R. Poole The Birds of North America On-Line.
McGowan, C.P., and B. Gardner. 2013Validating the assumptions of the catch-curve survival estimator.Waterbirds 36: 82-87.
McGowan, C.P., D. R. Smith, J. Sweka, J. Martin, J. Nichols., et al.2011Multispecies model for adaptive management of horseshoe crabs and red knots in Delaware Bay.Natural Resource Modeling 24, 117-156.
McGowan, C.P., D. R. Smith, J.D. Nichols, J.E. Lyons, J. Sweka, et al. 2015Implementation of a framework for multi- species, multi-objective adaptive management in Delaware Bay. Biological Conservation 191: 759-769
McGowan, C.P., D.A. Catlin, T. Shaffer, C.L. Gratto Trevor, and C. Aron2014Establishing endangered species recovery criteria using predictive simulation modeling,Biological Conservation 177, 220–229.
McGowan, C.P., J.E. Hines, J.D. Nichols, J.E. Lyons, D.R. Smith, K. Kalasz, L.J. Niles, A. Dey, N.A. Clark, P.W. Atkinson, C.D.T. Minton, W. Kendal.2011Demographic consequences of migratory stopover: linking red knot survival to horseshoe crab spawning abundance.Ecosphere 2: art 69.
McGowan, C.P., M. R. Ryan, M.C. Runge, J.J. Millspaugh, J. Cochrane.2011The role of demographic compensation theory in incidental take assessments for endangered species.Biological Conservation 144, 730-737.
Smith D.R., C. P. McGowan, J. P. Daily, J.D. Nichols, J. A. Sweka, and J. E. Lyons. 2013Evaluating a Multi-species Adaptive Management Framework: Must Uncertainty Impede Effective Decision-making?Journal of Applied Ecology 50 (6), 1431-1440.
Yorke, E. H. Yorke, C. E. Judy, T. C. Saveraid, C.P. McGowan, F. and C. Caldwell2014Distal Border Fragments of the Equine Navicular Bone: Significance in current clinical lameness.Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 55 (1), 35-44.

Research interests

My work focuses on conservation and management decision support science. I work primarily on endangered species and birds, especially shorebirds, using the tools of population and ecological modeling to predict the effects of management actions on populations of interest.

Current Projects

  • Multispecies adaptive management in Delaware Bay
  • Incidental take and endangered species recovery
  • Piping plover population viability
  • White tailed deer and coyote management in south Alabama
  • Grassland bird habitat management in the East Gulf Coastal Plain
  • American Black Duck integrated population and habitat management

Graduate Students
Ally Keever, MS – working on deer and coyote management in southern Alabama

Jennifer Price, PhD – State wide white-tailed deer monitoring and population modeling

Emily Merritt, MS – Horseshoe Crab mark-recapture based abundance estimation

Patrick Farrell, MS – Grassland bird habitat associations in the East Gulf Coastal Plain

Claudia Penaloza, Post-doc – Black Duck survival modeling and population modeling


Alyssa Butler, MS – worked on Horseshoe Crab Tag loss and survival estimation

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