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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
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1141
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1141

College of Natural Resources
Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences
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
    • Effects of cattle grazing on demographic traits and nest-site selection of greater sage-grouse. Location: Idaho.
    • Causes and consequences of changes in migratory strategies for burrowing owls in North America. Location: western North America.
    • Effectiveness of forest restoration treatments on demography of the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel. Location: central Idaho. 
    • Effects of sylvatic plague on survival of the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel. Location: central Idaho. 
    • Causes of latitudinal gradients in avian clutch size. Location: southeastern Arizona.
    • Modeling habitat suitability of marsh birds in North America. Location: North America.
    • Habitat suitability of and effects of forest management actions on Pileated Woodpeckers on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Location: northern Idaho.
    • Causes of latitudinal gradients in hatching asynchrony in birds. Location: western U.S.
    • Utility of LIDAR to predict habitat suitability of red-faced warblers. Location: southeastern Arizona.
  • 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.
    • The U.S. Department of Defense received the 2013 Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award in recognition of their support of a collaborative project for which I developed, titled Migratory Linkages of Burrowing Owls on Department of Defense Installations and Adjacent Lands.  The award was presented by the Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds at an awards reception in Washington D.C.  15 May 2013.