Life history evolution
I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana. I work on applied questions to aid wildlife managers make informed decisions, and I also work on basic questions to better understand the ecological processes that affect behavior and demography of animal populations.
Decker, K., C. J. Conway, J. J. Fontaine. 2012. Nest predation, food, and female age explain seasonal declines in clutch size. Evolutionary Ecology 26:683-699.
Conway, C. J. 2011. Standardized North American Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocols. Waterbirds 34:319-346.
Smith, M. D., and C. J. Conway. 2011. Collection of mammal manure and other debris by nesting burrowing owls. Journal of Raptor Research 45:220-228.
Conway, C. J., and J. P. Gibbs. 2011. Summary of intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting detection probability of marsh birds. Wetlands 31:403-411.
Holroyd, G., C. J. Conway, and H. Trefry. 2011. Breeding Dispersal of a Burrowing Owl from Arizona to Saskatchewan. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:378-381.
Boyle, W. A., C. J. Conway, and J. L. Bronstein. 2011. Why do some, but not all, tropical birds migrate? A comparative study of diet breadth and fruit preference. Evolutionary Ecology 25:219-236.
Bartok, N., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Factors affecting the presence of nesting burrowing owls in an agricultural landscape. Journal of Raptor Research 44:286-293.
Macías-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, A. Munguia-Vega, and M. Culver. 2010. Novel microsatellite loci for the Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia. Conservation Genetics Resources 2:67-69.
Conway, C. J., C. P. Nadeau, and L. Piest. 2010. Fire helps restore natural disturbance regime to benefit rare and endangered marsh birds endemic to Colorado River. Ecological Applications 20:2024-2035.
Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Importance of montane riparian forest and influence of wildfire on nest-site selection of ground-nesting birds. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:729-738.
Conway, C. J., and C. P. Nadeau. 2010. The effects of conspecific and heterospecific call-broadcast on detection probability of marsh birds in North America. Wetlands 30:358-368.
Ogonowski, M. S., and C. J. Conway. 2009. Migratory decisions in birds: extent of genetic versus environmental control. Oecologia 161:199-207.
Garcia, V., and C. J. Conway. 2009. What constitutes a nesting attempt? Variation in criteria causes bias and hinders comparisons across studies. The Auk 126:31-40.
Hutto, R. L., C. J. Conway, V. A. Saab, and J. R. Walters. 2008. What constitutes a natural fire regime? Insight from the ecology and distribution of coniferous forest birds in North America. Fire Ecology 4:115-132.
Conway, C. J., and C. Kirkpatrick. 2007. Forest fire suppression as a cause of population decline in Buff-breasted Flycatchers. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:445-457.
Boyle, W. A., and C. J. Conway. 2007. Why migrate? A test of the evolutionary precursor hypothesis. American Naturalist 169:344-359.
Conway, C. J., and K. L. Pardieck. 2006. Population trajectory of burrowing owls in eastern Washington. Northwest Science 80:292-297.
Conway, C. J., and S. Droege. 2006. A Unified Strategy for Monitoring Changes in Abundance of Birds Associated with North American Tidal Marshes. Studies in Avian Biology 32:382-397.
Conway, C. J., V. Garcia, M. D. Smith, L. A. Ellis, and J. Whitney. 2006. Comparative demography of burrowing owls within agricultural and urban landscapes in southeastern Washington. Journal of Field Ornithology 77:280-290.
Conway, C. J., and J. P. Gibbs. 2005. Effectiveness of call-broadcast surveys for monitoring marsh birds. The Auk 122:26-35.
Conway, C. J., and T. E. Martin. 2000. Evolution of passerine incubation behavior: influence of food, temperature, and nest predation. Evolution 54: 670-685.
Conway, C. J., and T. E. Martin. 2000. Effects of ambient temperature on avian incubation behavior. Behavioral Ecology 11: 178-188.
Conway, C. J., G. V. N. Powell, and J. D. Nichols. 1995. Overwinter survival of Neotropical migratory birds in early-successional and mature tropical forests. Conservation Biology 9:855-864.
- Effectiveness of prescribed fire as a management tool to increase populations of rare marsh birds. Location: lower Colorado River basin.
- Effects of drought on abundance and persistence of riparian bird communities. Location: southern Arizona.
- Optimal design of wetland restoration projects to maximize benefit for marsh birds. Location: southern California.
- Causes and consequences of different migratory strategies for burrowing owls in North America. Location: western North America.
- Effectiveness of Forest Restoration Treatments on Demography of a Federally Listed Ground Squirrel. Location: central Idaho.
- Modeling Habitat Suitability of Marsh Birds in North America. Location: North America.
"Top-cited Paper Award" from the Association of Field Ornithologists; award for a paper published in 2006 that was cited over the past 5 years more than any other paper published in 2006 in the society’s journal (Journal of Field Ornithology). 2010.
"Outstanding Course Award" in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, 1 May 2010.
Outstanding Science Award, USGS-CRU Program, U.S. Department of Interior, 2008.
- Service Excellence Award, USGS-CRU Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2007.