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Department of
Fish & Wildlife

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-6434

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136
Edward Garton

Edward O. (Oz) Garton

Office: CNR 105F
Phone: (208) 885-7426
Email: ogarton@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136

College of Natural Resources
Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences
Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Statistics

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1977

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Population Dynamics and Management of Avian and Mammalian Populations
    • Experimental Design and Analysis
    • Modeling and Simulation of Population and Community Processes
    • Ecology of Large Mammals
    • Avian Feeding Ecology
  • Selected Publications

    High-Impact Work

    • Garton, Edward O., Jon S. Horne, Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, and  John T. Ratti.  2011.  (in press).  Research and Experimental Design.  Chapter 1 In Silvy, Nova (ed.).  Techniques For Wildlife Investigations and Management. Seventh edition, Vol. I Wildlife Research Methods. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, MD.
    • Garton, Edward O., John W. Connelly, Jon S. Horne, Christian Hagen, Anne Moser and Michael A. Schroeder.  2011 (in press).  Greater Sage-Grouse Population Dynamics and Probability of Persistence. Pp. 293–382 in S. T. Knick and J. W. Connelly (editors), Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and its Habitats. Studies in Avian Biology Series (vol. 38), University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. [Note: pre-release version available at   http://sagemap.wr.usgs.gov/Docs/SAB/Chapter16.pdf]
    • Horne, Jon S., Edward O. Garton, and Janet L. Rachlow.  2008.  A synoptic model of animal space use: simultaneous analysis of home range, habitat selection, and inter/intra-specific relationships.  Ecological Modelling 214:338-348.
    • Moser, Brian W. and Edward O. Garton.  2007.  Effects of telemetry location error on space-use estimates using a fixed-kernel density estimator.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 2421-2426.
    • Lewis, Jesse S., Janet Rachlow, Edward O. Garton, and Lee A. Vierling.  2007.  Effects of habitat on gps collar performance: using data screening to reduce location errors.  Journal of Applied Ecology 44:663-671.

    Seminal Publications

    • Samuel, M.D., D.J. Pierce, and E.O. Garton. 1985. Identifying areas of concentrated use within the home range. Journal of Animal Ecology 54:711-719.Horne, Jon S., Edward O. Garton, Stephen S. Crone, and Jesse L. Lewis. 2007. Analyzing animal movements using Brownian bridges. Ecology 88:2354-2363.
    • Samuel, M.D., E.O. Garton, M.W. Schlegel, and R.G. Carson. 1987. Visibility bias during aerial surveys of elk in northcentral Idaho. Journal of Wildlife Management 51:622-630.
    • Ackerman, B., F. Leban, M. Samuel & E. Garton. 1990. User´s Manual for Program Home range. Forest, Wildlife and Range Experiment Station, Technical Report 15, Univ. Idaho.
    • Horne, Jon S. and Edward O. Garton. 2006. Likelihood cross-validation vs. least squares cross-validation for choosing the smoothing parameter in kernel home range analysis. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:641-648.

    Recent Publications

    • Horne, Jon S., Timothy Craig, Kyle Jolly, Merben R. Cebrian, Glenn W. Stout and Edward O. Garton. 2014. Population characteristics and habitat selection of two non-migratory caribou herds in Central Alaska, 1994-2009. Rangifer 34(1):1-19
    • Aycrigg, Jocelyn and Edward O. Garton. 2014. Linking Metapopulation Structure to Elk Population Management in Idaho: A Genetic Approach. Journal of Mammalogy 95(3):597-614..
    • Meyer, Kevin A., Edward O. Garton and Daniel J. Schill. 2014. Bull trout trends in abundance and persistence probabilities in Idaho. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:202-214
    • Wells, Adam G., Colby C. Blair, Edward O. Garton, Clifford C. Rice, Jon S. Horne, Janet L. Rachlow, and David O. Wallin. 2014. The Brownian bridge synoptic model of habitat selection and space use for animals using GPS telemetry data. Ecological Modelling 273: 242– 250
    • Baumgardt, J. A., C. S. Goldberg, K. P. Reese, J. W. Connelly, D. D. Musil, E. O. Garton, and L. P. Waits. 2013. A method for estimating population sex ratio for sage-grouse using noninvasive genetic samples. Molecular Ecology Resources doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12069
    • Shea, R.S., E.O. Garton, and I.J. Ball. 2013. The History, Ecology and Management of the Rocky Mountain Population of Trumpeter Swans (1931-86). North American Swans 34(1). The Trumpeter Swan Society, Plymouth, MN.
    • Manning, Jeff and Edward O. Garton. 2012. A piecewise linear modeling approach for testing competing theories of habitat selection: an example with mule deer in northern winter ranges. Oecologia published online 01 December 2012 DOI 10.1007/s00442-012-2532-4
    • Ruprecht , Joel S., David E. Ausband, Michael S. Mitchell, Edward O. Garton and Peter Zager. 2012. Homesite attendance based on sex, breeding status, and number of helpers in gray wolf packs. Mammalogy 93:1001-1012.
    • Wells, Adam, Janet Rachlow, Edward O. Garton, and Clifford Rice. 2012. Mapping vegetation communities across home ranges of mountain goats in the North Cascades for conservation and management. Applied Vegetation Science 15:560-570. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2012.01193.x.
    • Garton, Edward O., Jon S. Horne, Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, and John T. Ratti. 2012. Research and Experimental Design. Chapter 1, pp 1-40 In Silvy, Nova (ed.). Techniques For Wildlife Investigations and Management. Seventh edition, Vol. I Wildlife Research Methods. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, MD.
    • Manning, Jeff and Edward O. Garton. 2012. A sightability model for correcting visibility and availability biases in standardized surveys of breeding burrowing owls in southwest agroecosystem environments. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(1):65–74; 2012; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.234
    • Manning, Jeff and Edward O. Garton. 2011. Reconstructing historical snow depth surfaces to evaluate changes in critical demographic rates and habitat components of snow-dependent and snow-restricted species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00144.x
    • Hurley, Mark A., James W. Unsworth, Peter Zager, Mark Hebblewhite, Edward O. Garton, Debra M. Montgomery, John Skalski and Craig L. Maycock. 2011. Demographic response of mule deer to experimental reduction of coyotes and mountain lions in Southeastern Idaho. Wildlife Monographs 178:1-33.; DOI: 10.1002/wmon.4
  • Research Projects
    • 2/2010-present Analysis and modeling of space use by ungulates in Alaska

    • 8/2008-present Greater sage grouse extinction risk

    • 9/2007-present Spatial dynamics of mountain goats in Cascade Mountains

    • 8/2006-2010 Risk assessment framework for threatened and endangered species on Department of Defense lands

    • 5/2004-2007 Population dynamics and management of Kodiak bears

    • 5/2002-present Greater sage-grouse population ecology

    • 1/2002-present Interactions between elk and deer metapopulations in Idaho

    • 9/2001-2005 Landscape models for terrestrial wildlife in Interior Columbia Basin

    • 1/2000-2005 Assessing risk of selenium contamination to bird populations in SE Idaho

    • 6/2000-present Modeling habitat and populations of elk and neotropical birds on landscapes

    • 5/2000-2009 Lewis woodpecker nesting ecology

    • 4/2000-9/2007 Beach buffer importance for wildlife populations in SE Alaska

  • Awards and Honors
    • Fulbright Fellowship to Kenya

    • Outstanding Researcher Award, College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences

    • Outstanding Teacher Award, Associated Students of University of Idaho

    • Outstanding Wildlifer Award, Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society

    • Outstanding Professional Paper Award, Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society

    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence

    • Arthur S. Einarsen Award, Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society