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David M. Mushet, Ph.D.

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

Phone: (701) 253-5558
Fax: (701) 253-5553
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  • Wetland Ecosystems of the Northern Great Plains
  • Land-use and Climate Effects on Wetland Ecosystems
  • Quantification of Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands
  • Amphibian Ecology

Current Projects:

  • The Cottonwood Lake Study Area: Long-term Monitoring of the Dynamics in Hydrology, Chemistry, and Biology of a Prairie Wetland Complex
  • Utilization of the INVEST Modeling Suite to Quantify Multiple Ecosystem Services in the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States
  • Pollinator Modeling
  • Integration of Ecosystem Services Models with the Natural Resource Inventory


  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (1991)
  • Ph. D., Environmental and Conservation Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (2010)

Professional Experience:

  • 2010-Presnet:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND
  • 1999-2010:  Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND
  • 1992-1999:  Biological Science Technician, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Secretary/Treasurer, North Central Chapter − − Society of Wetland Scientists, (2008-present)
  • Great Plains Natural Science Society
  • Associate Editor/Botany, The Prairie Naturalist (2004-present)
  • The Wildlife Society (North Dakota Chapter)
  • Society for Conservation Biology

Selected Publications:

Mushet, D. M., N. H. Euliss, Jr., and C. A. Stockwell. 2011. A conceptual model to facilitate amphibian conservation in the northern Great Plains. Great Plains Research (Accepted).

Euliss, N. H., Jr., and D. M. Mushet. 2011. A multi-year comparison of IPCI scores for prairie pothole wetlands: implications of temporal and spatial variation. Wetlands 31:713-723.

Euliss, N. H., Jr., L. M. Smith, S. Liu, M. Feng, D. M. Mushet, R. F. Auch, and T. R. Loveland. 2010. The need for simultaneous evaluation of ecosystem services and land-use change. Environmental Science and Technology 44:7761-7763.

Euliss, N. H., Jr., J. W. Labaugh, L. H. Fredrickson, D. M. Mushet, G. A. Swanson, T. C. Winter, D. O. Rosenberry, and R. D. Nelson. 2004. The wetland continuum: a conceptual framework for interpreting biological studies. Wetlands 24:448-458.

Euliss, N. H., Jr., and D. M. Mushet. 2004. Impacts of water development on aquatic macroinvertebrates, amphibians, and plants in wetlands of a semi-arid landscape. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 7:73-84.

Mushet, D. M., N. H. Euliss, Jr., S. P. Lane, and C. M. Goldade. 2003. The flora of the Cottonwood Lake Study Area, Stutsman County, North Dakota. Prairie Naturalist 36:43-62.

Euliss, N. H., Jr., D. M. Mushet, and D. H. Johnson. 2002. Use of aquatic invertebrates to delineate seasonal and temporary wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America. Wetlands 22:256-262.

Northern Great Plains Floristic Quality Assessment Panel. 2001. Coefficients of conservatism for the vascular flora of the Dakotas and adjacent grasslands. U.S. Geological Survey, Information and Technology Report, USGS/BRD/ITR-2001-0001.

Mushet, D. M., N. H. Euliss, Jr., and T. L. Shaffer. 2001. Floristic quality assessment of one natural and three restored wetland complexes in North Dakota, USA. Wetlands 22:126-138.

Mushet, D. M., N. H. Euliss, Jr., B. A. Hanson, and S. G. Zodrow. 1997. A funnel trap for sampling salamanders in wetlands. Herpetological Review 28:132-133.

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