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Colleen M. Handel

Title: Research Wildlife Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7181
Fax: (907) 786-7021
Email: cmhandel@usgs.gov

orcid.org/0000-0002-0267-7408

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Education and/or Training

Ph.D.2002University of California Davis, Davis, CA Ecology
M.S.1982 University of California Davis, Davis, CA Ecology
B.A.1974Harvard University, Cambridge, MABiological Sciences

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Population ecology of passerines and shorebirds, behavioral ecology, population monitoring, and sampling design.

Professional Experience

1996 - PresentResearch Wildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1993 - 1996 Research Wildlife Biologist, NBS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1978 - 1993 Research Wildlife Biologist, USFWS, Alaska Fish and Wildlife Research Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1977 - 1978Research/ Teaching Assistant, University of California Davis, Davis, California
1975 - 1978Biological Science Technician, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska
1975 - 1975Biological Science Aide, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai, Alaska
1974 - 1974Botany and Ornithology Instructor, Murray Rhode School, Newton Public High Schools, Newton, Massachusetts
1972 - 1972Assistant Curator, Farlow Herbarium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1972 - 1972Research Assistant, Concord Field Station, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Ornithologists' Union (Elected Member, Associate Editor)
Association of Field Ornithologists
Colonial Waterbird Group
Cooper Ornithological Society
Ecological Society of America
Pacific Seabird Group
Society for Conservation Biology
Wader Study Group
Wildlife Society
Wilson Ornithological Society

Websites of Interest

Shorebird Research at the Alaska Science Center
Beak Deformities
Alaska Landbird Resource Information System/ Boreal Partners in Flight

Publications

Total pubs: 61

Thompson, S. J., C. M. Handel, and L. B. McNew. 2017. Autonomous acoustic recorders reveal complex patterns in avian detection probability. Journal of Wildlife Management 81(7):1228-1241. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21285 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M. and J. R. Sauer. 2017. Combined analysis of roadside and off-road breeding bird survey data to assess population change in Alaska. Condor 119(3):557-575. doi:10.1650/CONDOR-17-67.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Marques, T. A., L. Thomas, M. Ké:ry, S. T. Buckland, D. L. Borchers, E. A. Rexstad, R. M. Fewster, D. I. MacKenzie, J. A. Royle, G. Guillera-Arroita, C. M. Handel, D. C. Pavlacky, Jr., and R. J. Camp. 2017. Model-based approaches to deal with detectability: a comment on Hutto (2016a). Ecological Applications 27(5):1694-1698. doi:10.1002/eap.1553 [Details] [Full Publication]

Wilkinson, L. C., C. M. Handel, C. R. Van Hemert, C. Loiseau, and R. N. M. Sehgal. 2016. Avian malaria in a boreal resident species: long-term temporal variability, and increased prevalence in birds with avian keratin disorder. International Journal of Parasitology 46(4):281-290. doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.12.008 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R. and C. M. Handel. 2016. Elements in whole blood of Northwestern Crows (Corvus caurinus) in Alaska: No evidence for an association with beak deformities. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52(3):713-718. doi:10.7589/2015-10-287 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R. and C. M. Handel. 2016. Blood serum chemistry of wild Alaskan Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) with Avian Keratin Disorder. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52(4):927-930. doi:10.7589/2016-02-034 [Details] [Full Publication]

Zylberberg, M., C. R. Van Hemert, J. P. Dumbacher, C. M. Handel, T. Tihan, and J. L. DeRisi. 2016. Novel picornavirus associated with avian keratin disorder in Alaskan birds. mBio 7(4):e00874-16. doi:10.1128/mBio.00874-16 [Details] [Full Publication]

Stralberg, D., S. M. Matsuoka, C. M. Handel, E. M. Bayne, F. K. A. Schmiegelow, and A. Hamman. 2016. Biogeography of boreal passerine range dynamics in western North America: past, present, and future. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.02393 [Details] [Full Publication]

Thompson, S. J., C. M. Handel, R. M. Richardson, and L. B. McNew. 2016. When winners become losers: Predicted nonlinear responses of arctic birds to increasing woody vegetation. PLoS One 11(11):e0164755. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164755 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M. and C. R. Van Hemert. 2015. Environmental contaminants and chromosomal damage associated with beak deformities in a resident North American passerine. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34(2):314-327. doi:10.1002/etc.2799 [Details] [Full Publication]

McNew, L. B. and C. M. Handel. 2015. Evaluating species richness: biased ecological inference results from spatial heterogeneity in species detection probabilities. Ecological Applications 25:1669-1680. doi:10.1890/14-1248.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Marcot, B. G., M. T. Jorgenson, J. P. Lawler, C. M. Handel, and A. R. DeGange. 2015. Projected changes in wildlife habitats in Arctic natural areas of northwest Alaska. Climatic Change 130(2):131-144. doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1354-x [Details] [Full Publication]

Hanna, Z. R., C. Runckel, J. Fuchs, J. L. DeRisi, D. P. Mindell, D. P. Mindell, C. R. Van Hemert, C. M. Handel, and J. P. Dumbacher. 2015. Isolation of a complete circular virus genome from an Alaskan Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). Genome Announcements 3(5):e01081-15. doi:10.1128/genomeA.01081-15 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R., J. M. Pearce, and C. M. Handel. 2014. Wildlife health in a rapidly changing north: Focus on avian disease. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(10):548-556. doi:10.1890/130291 [Details] [Full Publication]

Matsuoka, S. M., C. L. Mahon, C. M. Handel, P. Sólymos, E. M. Bayne, C. Fontaine, and C. J. Ralph. 2014. Reviving common standards in point-count surveys for broad inference across studies. Condor: Ornithological Applications 116(4):599-608. doi:10.1650/CONDOR-14-108.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Gill, R. E., Jr, D. C. Douglas, C. M. Handel, T. L. Tibbitts, G. Hufford, and T. Piersma. 2014. Hemispheric-scale wind selection facilitates bar-tailed godwit circum-migration of the Pacific. Animal Behaviour 90:117-130. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.01.020 [Details] [Full Publication]

Amundson, C. L., J. A. Royle, and C. M. Handel. 2014. A hierarchical model combining distance sampling and time removal to estimate detection probability during avian point counts. The Auk 131(4):476-494. doi:10.1642/AUK-14-11.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

D'Alba, L., C. R. Van Hemert, K. A. Spencer, B. J. Heidinger, L. Gill, N. P. Evans, P. Monaghan, C. M. Handel, and M. D. Shawkey. 2014. Melanin-based color of plumage: Role of condition and of feathers' microstructure. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54(4):633-644. doi:10.1093/icb/icu094 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R., A. G. Armien, J. E. Blake, C. M. Handel, and T. M. O'Hara. 2013. Macroscopic, Histologic, and Ultrastructural Lesions Associated With Avian Keratin Disorder in Black-Capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Veterinary Pathology 50(3):500-513. doi:10.1177/0300985812469637 [Details] [Full Publication]

Gill, R. E., Jr, C. M. Handel, and D. R. Ruthrauff. 2013. Intercontinental migratory connectivity and population structuring of Dunlins (Calidris alpina) from western Alaska. Condor 115(3):525-534. doi:10.1525/cond.2013.120127 [Details] [Full Publication]

McNew, L. B., C. M. Handel, J. M. Pearce, A. R. DeGange, L. E. Holland-Bartels, and M. E. Whalen. 2013. Changing Arctic Ecosystems - The role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal-Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations. USGS Fact Sheet 2013-3054, 2 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Warnock, N., C. M. Handel, R. E. Gill, Jr, and B. J. McCaffery. 2013. Residency times and patterns of movement of postbreeding Dunlin on a subarctic staging area. Arctic 66(4):407-416. doi:10.14430/arctic4327 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R., C. M. Handel, and T. M. O'Hara. 2012. Evidence of accelerated beak growth associated with avian keratin disorder in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(3):686-694. [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R., C. M. Handel, J. E. Blake, R. M. Swor, and T. M. O'Hara. 2012. Microanatomy of Passerine hard-cornified tissues: beak and claw structure of the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). Journal of Morphology 273(2):226-240. doi:10.1002/jmor.11023 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ruthrauff, D. R., T. L. Tibbitts, R. E. Gill, Jr, M. N. Dementyev, and C. M. Handel. 2012. Small population size of Pribilof Rock Sandpipers confirmed through distance-sampling surveys in Alaska. Condor 114:544-551. [Details]

Van Hemert, C. R., C. M. Handel, and D. M. O'Brien. 2012. Stable isotopes identify dietary changes associated with beak deformities in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). The Auk 129(3):460-466. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.12037 [Details] [Full Publication]

D'Alba, L., C. R. Van Hemert, C. M. Handel, and M. D. Shawkey. 2011. A natural experiment on the condition-dependence of achromatic plumage reflectance in Black-capped Chickadees. PLoS One 6(10):e25877. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025877 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M., L. M. Pajot, S. M. Matsuoka, C. R. Van Hemert, J. Terenzi, S. L. Talbot, D. M. Mulcahy, C. U. Meteyer, and K. A. Trust. 2010. Epizootic of beak deformities among wild birds in Alaska: An emerging disease in North America?. The Auk 127(4):882-898. doi:10.1525/auk.2010.10111 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R. and C. M. Handel. 2010. Beak deformities in Northwestern Crows: Evidence of a multispecies epizootic. The Auk 127(4):746-751. doi:10.1525/auk.2010.10132 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2010. Wayward youth: Trans-Beringian movement and differential southward migration by juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Arctic 63(3):273-288. [Details] [Full Publication]

Gill, R. E., Jr, T. L. Tibbitts, D. C. Douglas, C. M. Handel, D. M. Mulcahy, J. C. Gottschalck, N. Warnock, B. J. McCaffery, P. F. Battley, and T. Piersma. 2009. Extreme endurance flights by landbirds crossing the Pacific Ocean: Ecological corridor rather than barrier?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276(1656):447-457. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.1142 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M., S. A. Swanson, D. A. Nigro, and S. M. Matsuoka. 2009. Estimation of avian population sizes and species richness across a boreal landscape in Alaska. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 21(3):528-547. doi:10.1676/08-067.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Matsuoka, S. M. and C. M. Handel. 2007. Nesting ecology of boreal forest birds following a massive outbreak of spruce beetles. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(1):51-63. doi:10.2193.2005-460 [Details] [Full Publication]

McCaffery, B. J., C. M. Handel, R. E. Gill, Jr, and D. R. Ruthrauff. 2007. The blind men and the elephant: Concerns about the use of juvenile proportion data. Stilt 50:194-204. [Details] [Full Publication]

Ruthrauff, D. R., T. L. Tibbitts, R. E. Gill, Jr, and C. M. Handel. 2007. Inventory of montane-nesting birds in Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks and Preserves. Final Report to the National Park Service, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 101 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M., L. M. Pajot, S. L. Talbot, and G. K. Sage. 2006. Use of buccal swabs for sampling DNA from nestling and adult birds. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34(4):1094-1100. doi:10.2193/0091-7648(2006)34[1094%3AUOBSFS]2.0.CO%3B2 [Details] [Full Publication]

Van Hemert, C. R., C. M. Handel, M. N. Cady, and J. Terenzi. 2006. Inventory of landbirds in Kenai Fjords National Park. National Park Service Final Report. [Details] [Full Publication]

Tibbitts, T. L., D. R. Ruthrauff, R. E. Gill, Jr, and C. M. Handel. 2005. Inventory of montane-nesting birds in the Arctic Network of National Parks, Alaska. Arctic Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, USDI National Park Service NPS/AKARCN/NRTR-2006/02, 156 p. [Details]

Ralph, C. J., E. H. Dunn, W. J. Peach, and C. M. Handel. 2004. Recommendations for the use of mist nets for inventory and monitoring of bird populations. Studies in Avian Biology 29:187-196. [Details]

Handel, C. M. 2002. Breeding ecology of the black turnstone: hedging bets in a variable subarctic environment. Dissertation, University of California, Davis, USA. [Details]

Matsuoka, S. M., C. M. Handel, and D. R. Ruthrauff. 2001. Densities of breeding birds and changes in vegetation in an Alaskan boreal forest following a massive disturbance by spruce beetles. Canadian Journal of Zoology 79(9):1678-1690. doi:10.1139/z01-130 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2001. Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala). No. 593 in A. Poole and F. Gill, (eds.). The Birds of North America, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Details]

Handel, C. M. 2000. Boreal partners in flight: working together to build a regional research and monitoring program. Pages 143-150 in R. Bonney, D. N. Pashley, R. J. Cooper, L. Niles (eds.), Strategies for bird conservation: the Partners in Flight planning process. Proceedings: 1995 Partners in Flight International Workshop, 1-5 October, 1995 Cape May, NJ, USA. [Details]

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2000. Mate fidelity and breeding site tenacity in a monogamous sandpiper, the Black Turnstone. Animal Behaviour 58:471-481. doi:10.1006/anbe.2000.1505 [Details] [Full Publication]

Matsuoka, S. M., C. M. Handel, and D. D. Roby. 1997. Nesting ecology of Townsend's Warblers in relation to habitat characteristics in a mature boreal forest. Condor 99(2):271-281. [Details] [Full Publication]

Matsuoka, S. M., C. M. Handel, D. D. Roby, and D. L. Thomas. 1997. The relative importance of nesting and foraging sites in selection of breeding territories by Townsend's Warblers. The Auk 114(4):657-667. [Details] [Full Publication]

Gill, R. E., Jr, C. A. Babcock, C. M. Handel, W. R. Bulter, Jr., and D. G. Raveling. 1996. Migration, fidelity, and use of autumn staging grounds in Alaska by Cackling Canada Geese (Branta canadensis minima). Wildfowl 47:42-61. [Details]

Lanctot, R. B., R. E. Gill, Jr, T. L. Tibbitts, and C. M. Handel. 1995. Brood amalgamation in the Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis): process and function. Ibis 137:559-569. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr, C. M. Handel, and G. W. Page. 1995. Western North American shorebirds. Pages 60-65 in E. T. LaRoe III, G. S. Farris, C. E. Puckett and P. D. Doran, (eds.). Our Living Resources 1994: A report to the nation on the distribution, abundance and health of U.S. plants, animals and ecosystems. US Deptartment of Interior, National Biological Service, 530 p. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr, R. W. Butler, P. S. Tomkovich, T. Mundkur, and C. M. Handel. 1994. Conservation of North Pacific shorebirds. Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 59:63-78. [Details]

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 1992. Roosting behavior of premigratory Dunlins (Calidris alpina). The Auk 109:57-72. [Details]

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 1992. Breeding distribution of the Black Turnstone. Wilson Bulletin 104:122-135. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr, R. B. Lanctot, J. D. Mason, and C. M. Handel. 1991. Observations on habitat use, breeding chronology and parental care in Bristle-thighed Curlews on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Wader Study Group Bulletin 61:28-36. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr and C. M. Handel. 1990. The importance of subarctic intertidal habitats to shorebirds: a study of the central Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Condor 92:709-725. [Details]

Vacca, M. M. and C. M. Handel. 1988. Factors influencing predation associated with visits to artificial goose nests. Journal of Field Ornithology 59(3):215-223. [Details]

Handel, C. M. and C. P. Dau. 1988. Seasonal occurrence of migrant whimbrels and bristle-thighed curlews on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Condor 90:782-790. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr, C. M. Handel, and L. A. Shelton. 1983. Memorial to a Black Turnstone: An exemplar of breeding and wintering site fidelity. North American Bird Bander 8:98-101. [Details]

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 1983. Yellow birds stand out in a crowd. North American Bird Bander 8:6-9. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr and C. M. Handel. 1981. Shorebirds of the eastern Bering Sea. Pages 719-738 in D. W. Hood and J. A. Calder, (eds.). The eastern Bering Sea shelf: oceanography and resources. Vol. 2. University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, USA. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.61718 [Details] [Full Publication]

Handel, C. M., M. R. Petersen, R. E. Gill, Jr, and C. J. Lensink. 1981. An annotated bibliography of literature on Alaskan water birds. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Report (formerly FWS/OBS) 81/12, 515 p. [Details]

Gill, R. E., Jr and C. M. Handel. 1980. First record of the Common Cuckoo from mainland North America. Condor 82:472. doi:10.2307/1367581 [Details] [Full Publication]

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