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Lance B. McNew

Title: Research Wildlife Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7075
Fax: (907) 786-7021
Email: lmcnew@usgs.gov


Education and/or Training

Ph.D.2010Kansas State University, Manhattan, KSEcology
M.S.2003Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, ILWildlife Biology
B.S.2001Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, ILZoology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

The focus of my research addresses how human alteration of habitats directly and indirectly impacts the population dynamics and spatial ecology of birds and mammals. I am especially interested in developing and testing models that evaluate spatially-explicit demography to assess how ecological mechanisms that drive wildlife populations and communities vary over space and time.

Professional Experience

2012 - PresentResearch Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK
2010 - 2012Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2006 - 2010Graduate Research Assistant (PhD), Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2005 - 2006Wildlife Researcher, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2003 - 2005Deer Research Biologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Bloomington, IN
2001 - 2003Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.), Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Ornithologists' Union
The Wildlife Society
Galliformes Specialist Group
Prairie Grouse Technical Council
International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Honors and/or Awards

Honors and Awards

Exceptional Performance Time Off Award, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, 2012.
Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship, The Wildlife Society, 2009.
Student Travel Grant, The Wildlife Society, 2003, 2009.
Outstanding Wildlife Student Scholarship, Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources, 2002.
Errett and Mazie Warner Award in Zoology. Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 2001.
Lowenstein Merit Award for Math and Science. Wabash Valley College, 1999.

Certifications

Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, 2011.
Certified Wildland Firefighter, National Wildfire Coordinating Group, 2004

Significant Recent Publications

McNew, L. B., L. M. Hunt, A. J. Gregory, S. M. Wisely, and B. K. Sandercock. In press. Effects of wind energy development on nesting ecology of greater prairie-chickens in fragmented grasslands. Conservation Biology

Winder, V.L., L.B. McNew, A.J. Gregory, L.M. Hunt, S.M. Wisely, and B.K. Sandercock. In press. Space use of female greater prairie-chickens in response to wind energy development. Ecosphere.

Blanco-Fontao, B., B. K . Sandercock, J. R. Obeso, L. B. McNew, and M. Quevedo. 2013. Effects of sexual dimorphism and landscape composition on the trophic behavior of Greater Prairie-chickens. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79986. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079986.

McNew, L., C. Handel, J. Pearce, T. DeGange, L. Holland-Bartels, and M. Whalen. 2013. Changing Arctic ecosystems—The role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal–Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3054, 2 p.

McNew, L. B., A. J. Gregory, and B. K. Sandercock. 2013. Spatial heterogeneity in habitat selection: nest site selection by prairie-chickens. Journal of Wildlife Management (In press). doi: 10.1002/jwmg.493

Sandercock, B. K., S. M. Wisely, L. B. McNew, A. J. Gregory, and L. M. Hunt. 2013. Environmental impacts of wind power development on the population biology of Greater Prairie-chickens. Final Technical Report, U.S. Department of Energy Award Number DE-EE0000526. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2172/1080446

Winder, V., L. B. McNew, L. M. Hunt, A. J. Gregory, S. M. Wisely, and B. K. Sandercock. 2013. Effects of wind energy development on seasonal survival of Greater Prairie-chickens. Journal of Applied Ecology: doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12184.

McNew, L. B., A. J. Gregory, S. M. Wisely, and B. K. Sandercock. 2012. Demography of Greater Prairie-chickens: regional variation in vital rates, sensitivity values, and population dynamics. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(5):987-1000. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.369 [pdf 397k]

McNew, L. B., T. J. Prebyl, and B. K. Sandercock. 2012. Effects of rangeland management on the site occupancy dynamics of prairie-chickens in a protected prairie preserve. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(1):38-47. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.367 [pdf 214k]

McNew, L. B, and W. J. White. 2012. First case of renesting after the loss of a brood by Greater Prairie-chicken. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(1):185-187. Doi: 10.1676/11-135.1 [pdf 53k]

McNew, L. B., A. J. Gregory, S. M. Wisely, and B. K. Sandercock. 2011. Reproductive biology of a southern population of Greater Prairie-chickens. Pages 209-221 in B. K. Sandercock, K. Martin, and G. Segelcacher, editors. Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Grouse. Studies in Avian Biology (vol. 39). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. [pdf 397k]

McNew, L. B., A. J. Gregory, S. M. Wisely, and B. K. Sandercock. 2011. Human-mediated selection on life-history traits of Greater Prairie-chickens. Pages 255-266 in B. K. Sandercock, K. Martin, and G. Segelcacher, editors. Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Grouse. Studies in Avian Biology (vol. 39). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. [pdf 397k]

Gregory, A. J., L. B. McNew, T. J. Prebyl, B. K. Sandercock, and S. M. Wisely. 2011. Hierarchical modeling of lek habitats of greater prairie-chickens. Pages 21-32 in B. K. Sandercock, K. Martin, and G. Segelcacher, editors. Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Grouse. Studies in Avian Biology (vol. 39). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. [pdf 367k]

McNew, L. B., A. J. Gregory, S. M. Wisely, and B. K. Sandercock. 2009. Estimating the stage of incubation for nests of Greater Prairie-chickens using egg flotation: a float curve for grousers. Grouse News 8:12-14. [pdf 235k]

McNew, L. B., and B. Blanco-Fontao. 2008. World grouse in peril: Summary of the 11th International Grouse Symposium. Grouse News 36:22-25.

McNew, L. B., C. K. Nielsen, and C. K. Bloomquist. 2007. Use of snares to live-capture beavers. Human-Wildlife Interactions 1(1):107-112. [pdf 331k]

McNew, L. B., and A. Woolf. 2005. Dispersal patterns and survival of juvenile beavers (Castor Canadensis) in southern Illinois. American Midland Naturalist 154:217-228. [pdf 124k]

McNew, L. B., T. A. Nelson, and S. T. McTaggart. 2003. Prevalence of Giardia intestinalis in Illinois beavers. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 96:113-118.

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