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Jennifer H. Stucker

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

Phone: (701) 320-5112
Fax: (612) 625-5299
Email NPWRC Staff
Research Wildlife Biologist,
Jamestown Headquarters

Photo of Jennifer Stucker.


  • Ecology of communities, habitats, and behavior
  • Aquatic - Terrestrial Interface of Large River and Lake systems
  • Waterbirds
  • Endangered Species
  • Least tern and piping plover ecology
  • Emergent sandbar habitat
  • Science for decision making

Current Projects:

  • Great Lakes shoreline monitoring plan for evaluating management and restoration efforts for Piping Plovers, Pitcherís Thistle, and Houghtonís Goldenrod
  • 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 management
  • 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


  • Ph.D., Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • M.S., Wildlife Conservation, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • B.A., Biology, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

Professional Experience:

  • 2005-present:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, Jamestown, ND
  • 1998-2005:  Research Fellow, Great Lakes Piping Plover Research Coordinator, West Nile Host Availability, Balsam Fir Bough Harvest
  • Program Coordinator, Conservation Biology Graduate Program, University of Minnesota
  • Contractor, Canadian Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • 1996-1998:  Reseracher, Biodiversity of Southeastern Minnesota's Forested Streams: Louisiana Waterthrush, Trout Habitat Improvement and Riparian Communities
  • 1994-1996:  Research Assistant, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences

Professional Affiliations:

  • Waterbird Society
  • American Ornithologists Union
  • American Field Ornithologists
  • Wilson Ornithological Society
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • Wildlife Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology

Selected Publications:

Sherfy, M. H., Stucker, J. H., and Buhl, D. A. 2012. Selection of nest-site habitat by interior least terns in relation to sandbar construction. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(2):363-371. Link

Sherfy, M. H., Anteau, M. J., Shaffer, T. L., Sovada, M. A., and Stucker, J. H. 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 pp. Link

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

Stucker, J. H., Buhl, D. A., Sherfy, M. H. 2012. Emergent Sandbar Construction for Least Terns on the Missouri River: Effects on Forage Fishes in Shallow-Water Habitats. River Research and Applications 28:1254-1265. Link

Sherfy, M., Anteau, M., Shaffer, T., Sovada, M., and Stucker, J. 2011. Objectives, priorities, reliable knowledge, and science-based management of Missouri River least terns and piping plovers. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1236. 26 pp. Link

Stucker, J.H., Cuthbert, F.J., Winn, B., Noel, B.L., Maddock, S.B., Leary, P.R., Cordes, J., and Wemmer, L.C. 2010. Distribution of non-breeding Great Lakes piping plovers along Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines: 10 years of band resightings. Waterbirds 33:22-32. Link

Roche, E. A., T. W. Arnold, J. H. Stucker, and F. J. Cuthbert. 2010. Banding with plastic and metal leg-bands does not affect chick survival in Great Lakes Piping Plovers. Journal of Field Ornithology 81:317-324. Link

Catlin, D., Jacobson, R., Sherfy, M., Anteau, M., Felio, J., Fraser, J., Lott, C., Shaffer, T., and Stucker, J. 2009. Discussion of "Natural hydrograph of the Missouri River near Sioux City and the Least Tern and Piping Plover" by Donald Jorgenson. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 14:1365-1373. Link

Sherfy, M. H., Stucker, J. H., and Anteau, M. J. 2008. Missouri River Emergent Sandbar Habitat Monitoring Plan: A Conceptual Framework for Adaptive Management. Jamestown, N.D.: U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008Ė1223, 51 p. Link

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