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Pamela J. Pietz, Ph.D.

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

Phone: (701) 253-5505
Fax: (701) 253-5553
Email NPWRC Staff
Research (Principal Investigator),
Jamestown Headquarters

Expertise:

  • Behavioral ecology of breeding birds
  • Wildlife telemetry and video-monitoring

Current Projects:

  • Factors affecting Sandhill Crane night roost behavior on the Platte River
  • Factors affecting American White Pelican productivity in the northern plains
  • Effects of grazing regimes on distribution and abundance of grassland birds at Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska
  • Impact of West Nile Virus on white pelican colonies in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Education:

  • Ph.D., Ecology and Behavioral Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1984)
  • M.A., Biology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (1976)
  • B.A., Biology (1 year, University of Durham, UK), Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (1973)

Professional Experience:

  • 1987-present:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND
  • 1987:  Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, study of seabird ecology and energetics on the Pribilof Islands, Alaska
  • 1986-1987:  Guest Scientist, study of Magellanic penguin ecology at Punta Tombo, Argentina
  • 1985:  Principal Investigator, led ornithological research team on Antarctic Winter Cruise I
  • 1985:  Post-Doctoral Research Biologist, study of population ecology of California sea otters
  • 1979-1982:  Doctoral Research Biologist, led ornithological research project at Palmer Station, Antarctica
  • 1977-1979:  Co-principal Investigator (with Dr. J. R. Tester), led University of Minnesota study of habitat use by spruce grouse, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, and white-tailed deer

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Ornithologists' Union
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Society for Behavioral Ecology
  • North Dakota Natural Science Society
  • The Wildlife Society

Selected Publications:

Sovada, M. A., P. J. Pietz, R. O. Woodward, A. J. Bartos, D. A. Buhl, and M. J. Assenmacher. 2013. American white pelicans breeding in the northern plains: productivity, behavior, movements, and migration. U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report. In press

Sovada, M. A., P. J. Pietz, A. J. Bartos, and E. K. Hofmeister. 2013. West Nile virus in American white pelican chicks: transmission, immunity, and survival. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In press.

Pietz, P. J., D. A. Granfors, and C. A. Ribic. 2012. Knowledge gained from video-monitoring grassland passerine nests. Pages 3–22 in C. A. Ribic, F. R. Thompson, III, and P. J. Pietz, editors. Video surveillance of nesting birds. Studies in Avian Biology. U. California Press.

Pietz, P. J., D. A. Granfors, and T. A. Grant. 2012. Hatching and fledging times from grassland passerine nests. Pages 47–60, in C. A. Ribic, F. R. Thompson, III, and P. J. Pietz, editors. 2012. Video surveillance of nesting birds. Studies in Avian Biology. U. California Press.

Ribic, C. A., F. R. Thompson, III, and P. J. Pietz. 2012. Video surveillance of nesting birds. Studies in Avian Biology. U. California Press.

Pietz, P. J., D. A. Buhl, J. A. Shaffer, M. Winter, and D. H. Johnson. 2009. Influence of trees in the landscape on parasitism rates of grassland passerine nests in southeastern North Dakota. Condor 111:36–42.

Pietz, P. J., M. A. Sovada, C. M. Custer, T. W. Custer, and K. M. Johnson. 2008. Contaminant levels in eggs of American white pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, from Chase Lake, North Dakota. Canadian Field-Naturalist 122:312–315.

Sovada, M. A., P. J. Pietz, K. A. Converse, D. T. King, E. K. Hofmeister, P. Scherr, and H. S. Ip. 2008. Impact of West Nile virus and other mortality factors on American white pelicans at breeding colonies in the northern plains of North America. Biological Conservation 141: 1021–1031.

Krapu, G. L., P. J. Pietz, D. A. Brandt, R. R. Cox, Jr. 2006. Mallard brood movements, wetland use, and duckling survival during and following a prairie drought. Journal of Wildlife Management 70: 1436–1444.

Grant, T. A., T. L. Shaffer, E. M. Madden, and P. J. Pietz. 2005. Time-specific variation in passerine nest survival: new insights into old questions. Auk 122:661-672.

Pietz, P. J., and D. A. Granfors. 2005. Parental nest defense on videotape: more reality than “myth”. Auk 122:701-705.

G. L. Krapu, P. J. Pietz, D. A. Brandt, and R. R. Cox, Jr. 2004. Does presence of permanent fresh water affect recruitment in prairie-nesting dabbling ducks? Journal of Wildlife Management 68:332-341.

Pietz, P. J., G. L. Krapu, D. A. Brandt, and R. R. Cox, Jr. 2003. Factors affecting gadwall brood and duckling survival in prairie pothole landscapes. Journal of Wildlife Management 67(3):564-575.

Granfors, D. A., P. J. Pietz, and L. A. Joyal. 2001. Frequency of egg and nestling destruction by female brown-headed cowbirds at grassland nests. Auk 118(3):765-769.

Pietz, P. J., and D. A. Granfors. 2000. Identifying predators and fates of grassland passerine nests using miniature video cameras. Journal of Wildlife Management 64(1):71-87.

Pietz, P. J., G. L. Krapu, D. A. Buhl, and D. A. Brandt. 2000. Effects of water conditions on clutch size, egg volume, and hatchling mass of mallards and gadwalls in the Prairie Pothole Region. Condor 102:936-940.

Krapu, G. L., P. J. Pietz, D. A. Brandt, and R. R. Cox, Jr. 2000. Factors limiting mallard brood and duckling survival in prairie pothole landscapes. Journal of Wildlife Management 64(2):553-561.

Pietz, P. J., and D. A. Granfors. 2000. White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) predation on grassland songbird nestlings. American Midland Naturalist 144:419-422.

Pietz, P. J., and D. A. Buhl. 1999. Behaviour patterns of mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) pairs and broods in North Dakota and Minnesota. Wildfowl 50:101-122.

Cowardin, L. M., P. J. Pietz, J. T. Lokemoen, and H. Sklebar. 1998. Response of nesting ducks to predator exclosures and water conditions during drought. Journal of Wildlife Management 62(1):152-163.

Pietz, P. J., D. A. Brandt, G. L. Krapu, and D. A. Buhl. 1995. Modified transmitter attachment method for adult ducks. Journal of Field Ornithology 66(3):408-417.

Pietz, P. J., and G. L. Krapu. 1994. Effects of predator exclosure design on duck brood movements. Wildlife Society Bulletin 22:26-33.

Pietz, P. J., G. L. Krapu, R. J. Greenwood, and J. T. Lokemoen. 1993. Effects of harness transmitters on behavior and reproduction of wild mallards. Journal of Wildlife Management 57(4):696-703.

Pietz, P. J., and D. F. Parmelee. 1993. Survival, site and mate fidelity in south polar skuas Catharacta maccormicki at Anvers Island, Antarctica. Ibis 135:32-38.



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