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Max Post van der Burg, Ph.D.

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

Phone: (701) 253-5574
Fax: (701) 253-5553
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  • Quantitative ecology
  • Statistics
  • Decision analysis

Current Projects:

  • Setting science priorities for the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC
  • Optimal Conservation Decisions for the South Atlantic LCC
  • Optimal timing of breeding decisions in songbirds


  • B.A., Anthropology/Sociology, University of Maine, Farmington, ME
  • M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Ph.D., Applied Ecology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Professional Experience:

  • 2011-present:  Research Ecologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND
  • 2010-2011:  Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • 2008-2010:  Post-Doctoral Research Associate Department of Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Selected Publications:

Post van der Burg, M., B.L. Bly, T. VerCauteren and A.J. Tyre. 2011. Making better sense of monitoring data from low density species using a spatially explicit modeling approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 47–55.

Post van der Burg, M. and A.J. Tyre. 2011. Integrating information-gap decision theory with robust population management: a case study using mountain plovers. Ecological Applications 21(1): 303-312.

Giovanni, M.D., Max Post van der Burg, Lars C. Anderson, Larkin A. Powell, Walter H. Schacht, and Andrew J. Tyre. 2011. Detecting nest density differences when nest detectability is incomplete: accounting for variation in adult nest attendance and behavioral response. Condor 113(1): 223-232.

Etterson, M. A., S. Ellis-Felege, D. Evers, G. Gauthier, J. A. Grzybowski, B. J. Mattson, L. R. Nagy, B. J. Olsen, C. M. Pease, M. Post van der Burg, and A. Potvien. 2011. Modeling fecundity in birds: conceptual overview, current models, and considerations for future developments. Ecological Modelling 222: 2178-2190.

Post van der Burg, M., L.A. Powell, R.A. Tyre. 2010. Finding the smoothest path to success: model complexity and the consideration of nonlinear patterns on nest-survival data. The Condor 112(3):421–431.

Post van der Burg, M., L.A. Powell, R.A. Tyre. 2009. Modeling parasitism rate and parasitism risk: an example using a colonially nesting songbird the red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus. Journal of Avian Biology 40(3): 263-270.

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