Meet the Fisheries and Wildlife Faculty

Dylan Kesler

Dylan Kesler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Fisheries and Wildlife


  • Ph.D., 2005, Oregon State University


  • Kesler conducts research on the interface of science and conservation utility. Results address why populations decline, and then provide insights that can be used to stop extinction. Areas of interest include conservation biology, translation and reintroduction, dispersal, population biology, and endangered species recovery. Please visit my web site for additional information.

Research Summary

  • Studies of resource use and movements in Tuamotu Kingfishers, Micronesian Kingfishers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and Greater Prairie-Chickens focus on the factors underlying social behavior, space use, population demographic processes, and dispersal. Results are being used to evaluate and design conservation rescue programs, including translocations and reintroductions for all four species.
  • Ongoing work on Black-backed Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, and shorebirds on Alaska's North Slope evaluates the effects of resource configuration and landscape structure on breeding site selection, dispersal movements, and population connectivity. Results will help identify alternative conservation strategies for mitigating future landscape changes on endangered bird populations.
  • On Wake Island, work is aimed at identifying factors affecting survival in Sooty Tern chicks, including conservation management for invasive rats.

Selected Publications

Please visit my web site for a list of publications.

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