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Fish & Wildlife

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-6434

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136
Courtney Conway

Courtney Conway

Office: CNR 103E
Phone: 208-885-6176
Email: cconway@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1141

College of Natural Resources
Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences; Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology
Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Leader

Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio
With UI Since 2011

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Wildlife management
    • Conservation biology
    • Behavioral ecology
    • Life history evolution
  • Biography
    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.
  • Selected Publications
    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.
  • Research Projects
    • 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.
  • Awards and Honors
    • "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.