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Aaron T. Pearse, Ph.D.

Research Wildlife Biologist
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street Southeast
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401

Phone: (701) 253-5509
Fax: (701) 253-5553
Email NPWRC Staff
Jamestown Headquarters

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  • Ecology and management of migratory waterfowl, waterbirds, and wetland habitats

Current Projects:

  • Spring-staging ecology of waterfowl in the central Platte River Valley and Rainwater Basin in Nebraska
  • Migration and winter ecology of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of whooping cranes


  • Ph.D., Forest Resources, Concentration: Wildlife & Fisheries, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (2007)
  • M.S., Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (2002)
  • B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (1998)

Professional Experience:

  • 2007-present:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND

Professional Affiliations:

  • The Wildlife Society
  • North American Crane Working Group
  • Society of Wetland Scientists

Selected Publications:

Pearse, A.T., G.L. Krapu, and R.R. Cox, Jr. 2013. Comparative spring-staging ecology of sympatric arctic-nesting geese in south-central Nebraska. American Midland Naturalist. 169:371381.

Pearse, A. T., G. L. Krapu, and R. R. Cox, Jr. 2012. Spring snow goose hunting influences body composition of waterfowl staging in Nebraska. Journal of Wildlife Management. 76:13931400.

Pearse, A. T., R. T. Alisauskas, G. L. Krapu, and R. R. Cox, Jr. 2011. Changes in nutrient dynamics of midcontinent greater white-fronted geese during spring migration. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:17161723.

Pearse, A. T., G. L. Krapu, R. R. Cox, Jr., and B. E. Davis. 2011. Spring-migration ecology of northern pintails in south-central Nebraska. Waterbirds 34:1018.

Pearse, A. T., G. L. Krapu, D. A. Brandt, and P. J. Kinzel. 2010. Changes in agriculture and abundance of snow geese affect carrying capacity of sandhill cranes in Nebraska. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:479-488.

Pearse, A. T., S. J. Dinsmore, R. M. Kaminski, and K. J. Reinecke. 2008. Evaluation of an aerial survey to estimate abundance of wintering ducks in western Mississippi. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1413-1419.

Pearse, A. T., P. D. Gerard, S. J. Dinsmore, R. M. Kaminski, and K. J. Reinecke. 2008. Estimation and correction of visibility bias associated with aerial surveys of wintering ducks. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:808-813.

Kross, J., R. M. Kaminski, K. J. Reinecke, E. J. Penny, and A. T. Pearse. 2008. Moist-soil seed abundance in managed wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:707-714.

Pearse, A. T., and V. G. Lester. 2007. Correlation between nest and duckling survival of mallards in south-central Saskatchewan. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1612-1616.

Pearse, A. T., and J. T. Ratti. 2004. Effects of predator removal on mallard duckling survival. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:342-350.

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