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Mark H. Sherfy, Ph.D.

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

Phone: (701) 253-5504
Fax: (701) 253-5553
Email NPWRC Staff
Jamestown Headquarters

Photo of Mark Sherfy.


  • Least tern and piping plover ecology
  • Emergent sandbar habitat
  • Breeding ecology of waterfowl and marsh birds
  • Wetland ecology and management
  • Effects of agricultural practices and habitat manipulations on migratory birds
  • Nutritional and physiological ecology

Current Projects:

  • Least tern foraging ecology and productivity on the Gavins Point Reach of the Missouri River
  • Evaluation of procedures for monitoring least tern and piping plover productivity on the Missouri River
  • Measurement and habitat mapping of emergent sandbars for the Gavins Point Reach of the Missouri River
  • Development of habitat monitoring procedures for emergent sandbar habitat construction and mangement
  • Habitat selection, breeding productivity, and estimation of available habitat for piping plovers on Lake Sakakawea
  • Assessing human recreation and research disturbance on Missouri River sandbars managed for endangered birds
  • Waterfowl nest density and success in Conservation Reserve Program fields
  • Landscape correlates of demographics for upland-nesting waterfowl
  • Marsh bird distribution in relation to landscape composition in North Dakota
  • Factors influencing nest attendance patterns of North American waterfowl
  • Reproductive ecology, health, movement patterns, and demographics of Maryland nutria


  • Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (1999)
  • M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (1992)
  • B.S., Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (1988)

Professional Experience:

  • 2001-present:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND
  • 1994-2001:  Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, USFWS, Annapolis, MD
  • 1995-1998:  Research Associate, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • 1992-1994:  Environmental Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Center, Salem, MA
  • 1990-1992:  Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • 1990:  Student Conservation Association Volunteer, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Devils Lake Wetland Management District, Devils Lake, ND
  • 1988-1990:  Biological Laboratory Technician, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Professional Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND (2003-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD (2000-present)
  • The Wildlife Society
  • North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Secretary/Treasurer, 2003-present)
  • American Ornithologists' Union
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • The Waterbird Society
  • Society of Wetland Scientists

Selected Publications:

Bounds, D. L., M. H. Sherfy, and T. A. Mollett. 2003. Nutria. Pages 1119-1147 in G. A. Feldhamer, B. C. Thompson, and J. A. Chapman. Wild mammals of North America. Second edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Sherfy, M. H., and R. L. Kirkpatrick. 2003. Invertebrate response to snow goose herbivory on moist-soil vegetation. Wetlands 23:236-249.

Sherfy, M. H., and J. A. Thompson. 2002. Potential risk of aquatic invasive species introductions due to international trade in live bait. Pages 12-15 in Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in North America: Workshop Proceedings. Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Bounds, D. L., T. A. Mollett, and M. H. Sherfy. 2001. The nutria nuisance in Maryland and the search for solutions. Aquatic Nuisance Species Digest 4:25, 28-31.

Everett, R. A., and M. H. Sherfy. 2001. The Chesapeake Bay: a model for regional approaches to the prevention and control of aquatic non-indigenous species. Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 66:611-624.

Sherfy, M. H., R. L. Kirkpatrick, and K. E. Webb, Jr. 2001. Nutritional consequences of gastrolith ingestion in blue-winged teal: a test of the hard-seed-for-grit hypothesis. Journal of Wildlife Management 65:406-414.

Sherfy, M. H., R. L. Kirkpatrick, and K. D. Richkus. 2000. Benthic core sampling and chironomid vertical distribution: implications for assessing shorebird food availability. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:124-130.

Sherfy, M. H., and R. L. Kirkpatrick. 1999. Additional regression equations for predicting seed yield of moist-soil plants. Wetlands 19:709-714.

Sherfy, M. H., R. L. Kirkpatrick, and K. D. Richkus. 1999. Evaluation of a modified activity trap for invertebrate sampling in shallow wetlands. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:997-1003.

Sherfy, M. H. 1997. Working together for sumac recovery. Endangered Species Bulletin 22:20-21.

Sherfy, M. H. and P. J. Pekins. 1995. Influence of wind speed on sage grouse metabolism. Canadian Journal of Zoology 73:749-754.

Sherfy, M. H. and P. J. Pekins. 1994. The influence of season, temperature and absorptive state on sage grouse metabolism. Canadian Journal of Zoology 72:898-903.

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