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Diann Prosser


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Diann Prosser is a research wildlife ecologist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. She received her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science (1995), M.S. in Ecology (1998) from the Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. (2012) from the University of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences interdisciplinary ecology program. She began working at Patuxent in 1999. Her background is in wetland ecology and ornithology and her research interests include using spatial modeling techniques to help answer questions related to wildlife and stressors such as climate change and disease.


University of Maryland Goldhaber Travel Grant, 2011

NSF SGER Grant, 2007

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, 2005

University of Maryland Nagel Travel Grant, 2005

USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Star Award 2000


Currently hosting Visiting Scholar from Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012-2013)



My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmenthabitats
Ecology and Environmentwetlands
Plants and Animalsmigratory species
Plants and Animalswildlife
Environmental Issueshealth and disease
Geographic Analysis and Mappingspatial analysis

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health

Climate Variability & Change

Avian Influenza, Climate Change, Spatial Modeling, and Migratory Bird Research

Image of Current Focus for Avian Influenza, Climate Change, Spatial Modeling, and Migratory Bird Research


Wild birds and emerging diseases: Modeling avian influenza transmission risk between domestic and wild birds in China

USGS Wild Bird Avian Influenza Program

USGS - United Nations FAO studies on wild bird migration and highly pathogenic avian influenza

Pathogens in the Aquatic Environment - Waterfowl and Avian Influenza

Poplar Island - Restoration, Sea Level Rise, and Waterbirds in the Chesapeake Bay

Productivity of Species of Concern - Least Tern and Common Terns on Poplar Island Restoration Site

Shoreline changes and impacts to natural resources in the Chesapeake Bay

Evaluating the effects of open marsh water management on Region 5 refuges

Sea level rise, marsh inundation, and waterbird habitat implications


USGS co-authored maps in Nature article, "Mapping the H7N9 Avian Flu Outbreaks" (see Martin et al. 2011 under Prosser publications), April 24, 2013  

“Understanding Global Avian Influenza Transmission Pathways Through Ecology: USGS Maps Possible Transmission Routes for Avian Influenza”, USGS Top Stories Science Pick, September 2011

"Do Wild Birds Play a Role in the Spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI H5N1)?”, GeoHealth Newsletter, Summer 2011

“Migrating Birds May Spread Deadly Virus”, Frontiers In Ecology Dispatches, May 2011


“New Research Suggests Wild Birds May Play a Role in the Spread of Bird Flu”, March 2011


“In China’s Backcountry, Tracking Lethal Bird Flu”, Science News, October 2010





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Diann Prosser
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705
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