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Michael J. Anteau, Ph.D.

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

Phone: (701) 253-5507
Fax: (701) 253-5553
Email NPWRC Staff
Research (Principal Investigator),
Jamestown Headquarters

Photo of Mike Anteau.

Expertise:

  • Applied research for the conservation of wildlife and habitat, specifically including large-scale studies of Avian Ecology and Migration, Wildlife Nutrition and Physiology, Foraging Ecology, and Wetland and Riparian Ecology

Current Projects:

  • Evaluating effects of Missouri River flooding on piping plover and least tern habitat and demographics
  • Interaction of land use and climate on invertebrate populations in prairie wetlands: Implications for waterbird habitat conservation
  • Evaluating wetland-ecosystem health in the prairie pothole region using real-time nutrient dynamics of waterbirds
  • Interactions of consolidation drainage and climate on water-level dynamics, wetland productivity, and waterbirds
  • Meta-population dynamics of piping plovers in the Northern Great Plains
  • Evaluation of procedures for monitoring numbers and productivity of piping plovers and least terns on the Missouri River
  • Foraging ecology of least terns and piping plovers nesting on Central Platte River sandpits and sandbars
  • Demographics of Lesser Scaup

Education:

  • Ph. D., Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Louisiana State University Jan. 2006
  • M.S., Wildlife Biology, Louisiana State University, May 2002
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dec. 1997
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dec. 1997

Professional Experience:

  • 2006-present:  Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND
  • 1999-2005:  Graduate Research Assistant, USGS LA Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Louisiana State University
  • 1999:  Wildlife Technician, USGS LA Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Louisiana State University
  • 1998-1999:  Wildlife Technician (Volunteer), USGS Alaska Science Center
  • 1998: Wildlife Technician, USGS SC Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson University
  • 1998:  Wildlife Research Assistant, Northern Arizona University
  • 1997:  Student Research Assistant, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professional Affiliations and Services:

  • Adjunct Professor of Biology, North Dakota State University (since 2010)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University (since 2011)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) life member
  • Chair (2009)and Past Chair (2010) of the Wildlife Section of SWS
  • Associate Editor for Wetlands (2010-2014)
  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Popular Dynamics)
  • American Ornithologists' Union

Current Students

  • Adam Janke, Ph. D. student (co-Advised by Joshua Stafford), South Dakota State University, Project: Evaluating wetland-ecosystem health in the prairie pothole region using real-time nutrient dynamics of waterbirds
  • Mark Wiltermuth, Ph. D. student (co-Advised by Mark Clark), North Dakota State University, Project: Interaction of land use and climate on invertebrate populations in prairie wetlands: Implications for waterbird habitat conservation Graduated Dec. 2014

Current Post-Doctoral Research Associates

  • Lisa McCauley, Ph. D. (UCF), 2012-2013, Project: Interactions of consolidation drainage and climate on water-level dynamics, wetland productivity, and waterbirds

Selected Publications:

Sherfy, M. H., M. M. Ring, J. H. Stucker, M. J. Anteau, T. L. Shaffer, and M. A. Sovada. 201x. Breeding-season movements of least terns on the Central Platte River. Pre-submittal review.

Janke, A. K., M. J. Anteau, and J. D. Stafford. 201x. Long-term spatial heterogeneity in mallard distribution in their core North American breeding range. Pre-submittal review.

Wiltermuth, M. T., and M. J. Anteau. 201x. Is consolidation drainage an indirect mechanism for increased abundance of cattail in northern prairie wetlands? Pre-submittal review.

Sherfy, M. H., M. A. Johnson, R. E. Reynolds, T. L. Shaffer, J. K . Ringelman, and M. J. Anteau. 201x. Density and success of duck nests in native- and tame-seeded conservation reserve program fields of the prairies pothole region. In review.

Post van der Burg, M., M. J. Anteau, L. A. McCauley, and M. T. Wiltermuth. 201x. A simple approach for making climate relevant for modeling spatiotemporally varying systems. In review.

McCauley, L. A., M. J. Anteau, and M. Post van der Burg. 201x. Piping plover breeding habitat use is influence by an interplay of climate and wetland alteration. In review.

Wiltermuth, M. T., M. J. Anteau, and L. A. McCauley. 201x. Prior consolidation drainage has progressive-chronic effects on wetland hydrology. In review.

Janke, A. K., M. J. Anteau, N. Markl, and J. D. Stafford. 201x. Is income breeding an appropriate construct for waterfowl? Journal of Ornithology, In revision.

McCauley, L. A., M. J. Anteau, M. Post van der Burg, and M. T. Wiltermuth. 201x. Land use and wetland drainage affect water-level dynamics of remaining wetlands. Ecosphere: In revision.

Wiltermuth, M. T., M. J. Anteau, M. H. Sherfy, and A. T. Pearse. 201x. Habitat selection and movements of piping plover broods suggest a tradeoff between breeding stages. Journal of Ornithology: In revision.

Stafford, J. D., A. K. Janke, M. J. Anteau, A. T. Pearse, A. D. Fox, J. Elmberg, J. N. Straub, M. W. Eichholz, and C. Arzel. 2014. Spring migration of waterfowl in the northern hemisphere: A conservation perspective. Wildfowl Special Issue 4: 70–85.

McCauley, L. A., and M. J. Anteau. 2014. Generating nested wetland catchments with readily-available digital elevation data may improve evaluations of land-use change on wetlands. Wetlands 34: 1123–1132.

Anteau, M. J., T. L. Shaffer, M. T. Wiltermuth, and M. H. Sherfy. 2014. Landscape selection by piping plovers has implications for measuring habitat and population size. Landscape Ecology: 1033–1044.

Anteau, M. J., J-M. DeVink, D. N. Koons, J. E. Austin, C. M. Custer and A. D. Afton. 2014. Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis). The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.), Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, doi:10.2173/bna.338. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/338

Anteau, M. J., M. T. Wiltermuth, M. H. Sherfy, T. L. Shaffer, and A. T. Pearse. 2014. The role of landscape features and density dependence in growth and fledging rates of piping plovers in North Dakota, USA. Condor, Ornithological Applications 116:195–204.

Roche, E. A., T. L. Shaffer, M. J. Anteau, J. H. Stucker, M. H. Sherfy, and M. T. Wiltermuth. 2014. Detection probability of least tern and piping plover chicks in a large river system. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:709–720.

Anteau, M. J., M. T. Wiltermuth, M. H. Sherfy, and T. L. Shaffer. 2014. Measuring and predicting abundance and dynamics of habitat for piping plovers on a large reservoir. Ecological Modeling 272:16–27.

Shaffer, T.L., M. H. Sherfy, M. J. Anteau, J. H. Stucker, M. A. Sovada, E. A. Roche, M. T. Wiltermuth, T. K. Buhl, and C. M. Dovichin. 2013. Accuracy of the Missouri River least tern and piping plover monitoring program—Considerations for the future. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1176

Anteau, M. J., T. L. Shaffer, M. H. Sherfy, M. A. Sovada, J. H. Stucker, and M. T. Wiltermuth. 2012. Nest survival of piping plovers at a dynamic reservoir indicates an ecological trap for a threatened population. Oecologia 170:1167-1179.

Sherfy, M. H., M. J. Anteau, T. L. Shaffer, M. A. Sovada, and J. H. Stucker. 2012. Foraging ecology of least terns and piping plovers nesting on Central Platte River sandpits and sandbars. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1059, 50 p.

Anteau, M. J., M. H. Sherfy, and M. T. Wiltermuth. 2012. Selection indicates preference in diverse habitats: a ground-nesting bird (Charadrius melodus) using reservoir shoreline. PLoS ONE 7:e30347.

Anteau, M. J. 2012. Do interactions of land use and climate affect productivity of waterbirds and prairie-pothole wetlands? Wetlands 32:1–9. –INVITED-

Sherfy, M. H., M. J. Anteau, and A. Bishop. 2011. Post-harvest management decreases residual corn abundance during spring migration of cranes and waterfowl in Nebraska. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:995-1003.

Anteau, M. J., M. H. Sherfy, and A. Bishop. 2011. Field location and post-harvest management influences spring use of harvested corn fields by cranes and geese in Nebraska. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:1004–1011.

Anteau, M. J., A. C. E. Anteau, and A. D. Afton. 2011. Testing competing hypotheses for chronology and intensity of lesser scaup molt during winter and spring migration. Condor 113:298–305.

Anteau, M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2011. Lipid catabolism of invertebrate predator indicates widespread wetland ecosystem degradation. PLoS ONE 6:e16029.

Anteau, M. J., A. D. Afton, A. C. E. Anteau, and E. B. Moser. 2011. Fish and land use influence Gammarus lacustris and Hyalella azteca (Amphipoda) densities in large wetlands across the upper Midwest. Hydrobiologia 664:69-80.

Catlin, D. H., R. B. Jacobson, M. H. Sherfy, M. J. Anteau, J. Felio, J. D. Fraser, C. Lott, T. L. Shaffer, and J. H. Stucker. 2010. Discussion of “Natural hydrograph of the Missouri River near Sioux City and the Least Tern and Piping Plover” by Donald Jorgensen. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 14:1365–1373.

Anteau, M. J., and Sherfy M. H. 2010. Diurnal variation in invertebrate catch rates by sticky traps: potential for biased indices of piping plover forage. Wetlands 30:757-762.

Anteau, M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2009. Wetland use and feeding by lesser scaup during spring migration across the upper Midwest, USA. Wetlands 29:704-712.

Anteau, M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2009. Lipid reserves of lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) migrating across a large landscape are consistent with the Spring Condition Hypothesis. Auk 126:873-883.

Wiltermuth, M.T., M. J. Anteau, M. H. Sherfy, and T. L. Shaffer. 2009. Nest movement by piping plovers in response to changing habitat conditions. Condor 111:550-555.

Sherfy, M. H., J. H. Stucker, and M. J. Anteau. 2009. Missouri River emergent sandbar habitat monitoring plan – a conceptual framework for adaptive management. USGS Open-File Report 2008-1223.

Anteau M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2008. Using plasma-lipid metabolites to index changes in lipid reserves of wild lesser scaup. Auk 125:354-357.

Anteau M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2008. Diets of spring migrating lesser scaup throughout the upper-Midwest are consistent with the Spring Condition Hypothesis. Waterbirds 31:97-106.

Anteau M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2008. Amphipod densities and indices of wetland quality across the upper-Midwest, USA. Wetlands 28:184-196.

Anteau M. J., A. D. Afton, C. M. Custer, and T. W. Custer. 2007. Relationships of cadmium, mercury, and selenium with nutrient reserves of female lesser scaup during winter and spring migration. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:515-520.

Anteau, M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2006. Diet shifts of lesser scaup are consistent with the Spring Condition Hypothesis. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84:779-786.

Austin, J. E., Anteau, M. J., Barclay, J. S., Boomer, G. S., Rohwer, F. C., and Slattery, S. M. 2006. Declining scaup populations: reassessment of the issues, hypotheses, and research directions. Jamestown, N.D.: U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. 7 pp. PDF Download

Anteau, M. J. 2006. Ecology of lesser scaup and amphipods in the upper-Midwest: scope and mechanisms of the Spring Condition Hypothesis and implications for migration habitat conservation. Ph.D. Dissertation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-01242006-093828/

Anteau, M. J., and A. D. Afton. 2004. Nutrient reserves of lesser scaup during spring migration in the Mississippi Flyway: A test of the Spring Condition Hypothesis. Auk 121:917-929. Delta Waterfowl Publication of the Year

Custer, C. M., T. W. Custer, M. J. Anteau, A. D. Afton, and D. E. Wooten. 2003. Trace elements in lesser scaup from the Mississippi Flyway. Ecotoxicology 12:47-54.

Anteau, M. J. 2002. Nutrient reserves of lesser scaup during spring migration in the Mississippi Flyway: A test of the Spring Condition Hypothesis. Thesis, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-0707102-155816/


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