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College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534


Web: College of Natural Resources


Jocelyn Aycrigg

Jocelyn Aycrigg, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor


414 Phinney Hall





  • Ph.D. in Natural Resources, 2009: University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
  • M.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology, 1993: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York
  • B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, 1987: University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Research Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Spatial ecology
  • Large landscape conservation
  • Wildlife population ecology
  • Wildlife management
  • Population modeling

Aycrigg, J., C. Groves, J. A. Hilty, J. M. Scott, P. Beier, D. A. Boyce, D. Figg, J. Hall, H. Hamilton, G. Machlis, K. Muller, K. V. Rosenberg, M. Shaffer, and R. Wentworth. 2016.  Completing the system: opportunities and challenges for a National Habitat Conservation System.  BioScience 66:774-784.

Aycrigg, J. L., J. Tricker, R. T. Belote, M. S. Dietz, L. Duarte, and G. H. Aplet.  2016.  The next 50 years: opportunities for diversifying the ecological representation of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  Journal of Forestry, Special Wilderness Issue 114:396-404.

Aycrigg, J., G. Beauvais, T. Gotthardt, F. Huettmann, S. Pyare, M. Andersen, D. Keinath, J. Lonneker, M. Spathelf, and K. Walton.  2015.  Novel approaches to modeling and mapping terrestrial vertebrate occurrence in the Northwest and Alaska: an evaluation.  Northwest Science 89:355-381.

Aycrigg, J. L., R. T. Belote, M. S. Dietz, G. H. Aplet, and R. A. Fischer.  2015. Bombing for biodiversity in the United States: response to Zentelis and Lindenmayer 2015.  Conservation Letters 8:306-307.

Dietz, M. S., R. T. Belote, G. H. Aplet, and J. L. Aycrigg. The world’s largest wilderness preservation system after 50 years: An assessment of ecological system representation in the U.S. National Wilderness Preservation System. Biological Conservation 184:431-438.

Fremier, A. K., M. Kiparsky, S. Gmur, J. Aycrigg, R. K. Craig, L. K. Svancara, D. D. Goble, B. Cosens, F. W. Davis, and J. M. Scott.  2015.  A riparian conservation network for ecological resilience.  Biological Conservation 191:29-37.

La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, W. M. Hochachka, J. L. Aycrigg, K. V. Rosenberg, A. D. Rodewald, N. E. Bruns, A. Farnsworth, B. L. Sullivan, C. Wood, and S. Kelling. 2015. Documenting stewardship responsibilities across the annual cycle for birds on U.S. public lands.  Ecological Applications 25:39-51.

Lorenz, T.J., K. T. Vierling, J. Vogeler, J. Lonneker, and J. Aycrigg.  2015.  Incorporating shrub and snag specific LiDAR data into GAP wildlife models.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 6(2):437–447; e1944-687X. doi: 3996/092013-JFWM-064.

Aycrigg, J. L. and E. O. Garton.  2014.  Linking Metapopulation Structure to Elk Population Management in Idaho: A Genetic Approach.   Journal of Mammalogy 95:597-614.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee, 2014. The State of the Birds 2014. U.S. Department of Interior: Washington, D.C. 16 pages. Member of Science Team that produced report.

Sullivan, B. L., J. L. Aycrigg, J. H. Barry, R. E. Bonney, N. Bruns, C. B. Cooper, T. Damoulas, A. A. Dhondt, T. Dietterich, A. Farnsworth, D. Fink, J. W. Fitzpatrick, T. Fredericks, J. Gerbracht, C. Gomes, W. M. Hochachka, M. J. Iliff, C. Lagoze, F. A. La Sort, M. Merrifield, W. Morris, T. B. Phillips, M. Reynolds, A. D. Rodewald, K. V. Rosenberg, N. M. Trautmann, A. Wiggins, D. W. Winkler, W. Wong, C. L. Wood, J. Yu, and S. Kelling.  2014.  The eBird enterprise: an integrated approach to development and application of citizen science.  Biological Conservation 169:31-40.  Editor’s choice publication for January 2014.

Aycrigg, J. L., M. Andersen, G. Beauvais, M. Croft, A. Davidson, L. Duarte, J. Kagan, D. Keinath, S. Lennartz, J. Lonneker, T. Miewald, and J. Ohmann, Editors.  2013.  Ecoregional gap analysis of the Northwestern United States; Northwest Gap Analysis Project Draft Report.  U.S. Geological Survey, Gap Analysis Program.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee, 2013. The State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands. U.S. Department of Interior: Washington, D.C. 48 pages. Member of Science Team that produced report.

Aycrigg, J. L., A. Davidson, L. Svancara, K. J. Gergely, A. McKerrow, and J. M. Scott.  2013.  Representation of ecological systems within the protected areas network of the continental United States.  PLoS ONE 8(1): e54689. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054689.

Stamper, T., J. Hicke, M. Jennings, and J. L. Aycrigg.  2013.  Spatial and temporal patterns of changes in protected areas across the Southwestern United States.  Biodiversity and Conservation 22:343-356.

Aycrigg, J. L. and J. M. Scott.  2012.  Gap Analysis and Presence Absence Models.  In: Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology.  University of California Press, Berkeley, California, USA.

Garton, E. O., J. S. Horne, J. L. Aycrigg, and J. T. Ratti.  2012.  Research and Experimental Design.  In: Techniques for wildlife investigations and management.  7th edition.  The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee, 2011. The State of the Birds 2011 Report on Public Lands and Waters. U.S. Department of Interior: Washington, DC. 48 pages. Member of Science Team that produced report.


Desert Conservation Plan for Clark County, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Member of Science Advisor Panel, which is tasked with providing expertise to a Desert Conservation Plan for Clark County, Nevada


Vulnerability of Dall’s sheep in Alaska to climate change

National Parks in Alaska

Habitat selection analysis of Dall’s sheep using GPS locations and the synoptic modeling approach.


High resolution vegetation mapping of Idaho

Idaho statewide

Building predictive distribution models for plant species based on high resolution imagery, field vegetation data, and statewide spatial co-variates, such as temperature, precipitation, and elevation.


Informing conservation of biodiversity and habitats at the national scale

All of US

Used national level spatial data on protected areas and habitat to show how a national habitat conservation strategy could be implemented nationwide.


Riparian Conservation Network

Contiguous US

Illustrated how riparian corridors could be used to connect protected areas from both an ecological and legal perspective.  Many of the pieces needed to establish a riparian conservation network are already in place.


Wilderness areas contribution to biodiversity conservation

Contiguous US

Assessed the change in ecological representation of habitats when proposed wilderness areas were added to the National Wilderness Preservation System.  Identified proposed wilderness areas that provide a larger increase in ecological representation of habitats than other areas.



Conservation applications of eBird data

Western US

Evaluated the conservation stewardship opportunities for land management agencies during the annual life cycle of birds.


Metapopulation analysis of trumpeter swans

Northern Rocky Mountains

Used trumpeter swan population survey data to evaluate the short- and long-term viability of the trumpeter swan metapopulation in the Northern Rocky Mountains.


Population viability analysis of trumpeter swans at Flathead Indian Reservation

Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana

Assessed the short- and long-term viability of the reintroduced trumpeter swan population at Flathead Indian Reservation.


Species distribution modeling

Northwest US and all of US

Developed a modeling approach to create species distribution models based on deductive and inductive modeling approaches.  Evaluated these 2 modeling approaches with species in Northwestern US and Alaska.  Also, applied deductive species distribution modeling approach to build models for mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles across the US.



Consultant to National Geographic for the ‘Saving Unique Habitat’ map in December 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Research on national habitat conservation system (BioScience paper) highlighted in Moscow Daily News (Oct. 31, 2016), The New Yorker (Aug. 25, 2016), University of Idaho (August 2016), National Parks Traveler, USFS StreamNotes, Op-ed in The Hill, News Review, Climate Central, and Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds.  

Member of The Wildlife Society Aldo Leopold Award Committee (2016)

Member of The Wildlife Society Caesar Kleberg Research Award Committee (2016)

Member of The Wildlife Society Special Recognition Award Committee (2016)

Member of The Wildlife Society Honorary Membership Nomination Committee (2016)

Mentored Bleak and DeVlieg Intern at Taylor Wilderness Research Station researching the efficacy of citizen science bird surveying in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (2016)

Mentored 2 undergraduates in Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences as part of WLF204 class, exposing them to wildlife research including field work and data analysis (2016) 

Guest lecturer for classes at the University of Idaho in Exploring Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology, Introduction to Geospatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management, Landscape Ecology, Ornithology, Environmental Science Seminar, Space Matters: Landscape Approaches for Ecology and Conservation, Wildlife Ecology, and Wildlife Habitat (2003-2016)

Reviewer for University of Idaho Seed Grant Program, Moscow, Idaho (2015)

Reviewer for National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Moscow, Idaho (2015)

University of Idaho Friendship Family for 2 Brazilian students, Moscow, Idaho (2014-2015)

International Association of Landscape Ecology, organizer of symposium on Conservation in the Big Picture: Data and Analysis to Inform the Future, Anchorage, Alaska (2014)

Member of Science Team for State of the Birds Reports 2011, 2013, and 2014

Invited speaker for symposium on Meeting Big Data Challenges in Biodiversity Research: Data Collection, Processing, Analysis, and Application.  Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York (2014)

Invited speaker for the Palouse Audubon Society in Moscow, Idaho: ‘Assessing the value of private lands and waters to U.S. birds: The State of the Birds Report 2013’ (2014)

Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse volunteer, Moscow, Idaho (2013-2015)

Idaho Department of Fish and Game volunteer, Clearwater Region, Idaho (2013-present)

Invited speaker for the Idaho Career night at the Cul de Sac High School, Cul de Sac, Idaho (2013)

Invited speaker for USGS Seminar in Boise, Idaho: “Gap Analysis Program: Species range mapping and distribution modeling” (2013)

Invited speaker for Wildlife Habitat Management class at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (2013)

Member of The Wildlife Society Conservation Education Award Committee (2013)

Member of The Wildlife Society Publication Awards Committee (2012)

Board of Directors, Palouse Land Trust, Moscow, Idaho (2010-present)

Member of Moscow Giving Circle, Moscow, Idaho (2010-present)

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534


Web: College of Natural Resources