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Wayne Thogmartin

Research Statistician (Biology)

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BA, Ecology / Behavior / Evolution, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, June, 1990

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Machtans, C. S., and W. E. Thogmartin. 2014. Perspective: Understanding the value of imperfect science from national estimates of bird-window mortality. Condor: Ornithological Applications 116:3–7.
McDonald, L., B. Manly, F. Huettmann, and W. Thogmartin. 2013. Location-only and use-availability data: analysis methods converge. Journal of Animal Ecology 82:1120–1124. 
Thogmartin, W. E., C. Sanders-Reed, J. A. Szymanski, R. A. King, L. Pruitt, P. C. McKann, M. C. Runge, and R. E. Russell.  2013. White-nose syndrome is likely to extirpate the endangered Indiana bat over large parts of its range. Biological Conservation 160:162–172.  
Hamilton, C. M., S. Martinuzzi, A. J. Plantinga, V. C. Radeloff, D. J. Lewis, W. E. Thogmartin, P. J. Heglund, and A. M. Pidgeon. 2013. Current and future land use around United States’ National Wildlife Refuges.  Public Library of Science (PLoS) One 8:e55737  
Thogmartin, W. E. 2013. The QWERTY effect does not extend to birth names. Names: A Journal of Onomastics 61:47–52. 
McKann, P., B. R. Gray, and W. E. Thogmartin. 2013. Small sample bias in dynamic occupancy models.  Journal of Wildlife Management 77:172–180.  
Thogmartin, W. E., R. A. King, J. A Szymanski, and L. Pruitt. 2012. Space-time models for a panzootic in bats, with a focus on the endangered Indiana bat.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48:876–887. 
Thogmartin, W. E., P. C. McKann, R. A. King, J. A. Szymanski, and L. Pruitt. 2012. Population-level impact of white-nose syndrome on the endangered Indiana bat.  Journal of Mammalogy 93:1086–1098.
LeBrun, J. J., W. E. Thogmartin, and J. R. Miller. 2012. Evaluating regional landscape models for predicting local avian abundance.  Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1177–1187. 
Custer, T. W., C. M. Custer, W. E. Thogmartin, R. Rossmann, K. Kenow, and M. W. Meyer. 2012. Mercury and other element exposure in tree swallows nesting at low pH and neutral pH lakes in northern Wisconsin USA.  Environmental Pollution 163:68–76. 
Mattsson, B. J., M. C. Runge, J. H. Devries, G. S. Boomer, J. M. Eadie, D. A. Haukos, J. P. Fleskes, D. N. Koons, W. E. Thogmartin, and R. G. Clark. 2012. A modeling framework for integrated harvest and habitat management of North American waterfowl: Case-study of northern pintail metapopulation dynamics.  Ecological Modelling 225:146–158.

Jones-Farrand, D. T., T. M. Fearer, W. E. Thogmartin, F. R. Thompson III, M. Nelson, and J. Tirpak.  2011.  Comparison of statistical and theoretical habitat models for conservation planning.  Ecological Applications 21:2269–2282. 

Forcey, G. M., W. E. Thogmartin, G. M. Linz, and W. J. Bleier.  2011.  Land use and climate influences on waterbirds in the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States.  Journal of Biogeography 38:1694-1707.

Thogmartin, W. E., B. A. Potter, and G. J. Soulliere. 2011.  Bridging the conservation design and delivery gap for wetland bird habitat maintenance and restoration in the Midwestern United States.  Journal of Conservation Planning 7:1–12. 

Thogmartin, W. E. 2010. Modeling and mapping Golden-winged Warbler abundance to improve regional conservation strategies. Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux 5 (2):12. [online] URL:

Laurent, E., C. A. Drew, and W. E. Thogmartin.  2010.  The role of assumptions in predictions of habitat availability and quality.  Pages 71-90 in C. A. Drew, F. Huettmann, and Y. Wiersma, editors. Predictive Modeling in Landscape Ecology, Springer, New York.

Thogmartin, W. E., and J. J. Rohweder.  2010.  Important areas for managing American Woodcock in the midwestern and northeastern United States.  Proceedings of the American Woodcock Symposium 10:213–222. 

Thogmartin, W. E.  2010.  Letter: Color blindness and visualizing georeferenced data in mapped products: We can do more.  The Auk 127:460–462.

Bronte, C. R., M. H. Hoff, O. T. Gorman, W. E. Thogmartin, P. J. Schneeberger, and T. N. Todd.  2010. Decline of the shortjaw cisco in Lake Superior: the role of overfishing and risk of extinction.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:735–748.

Thogmartin, W. E.  2010. Sensitivity analysis of North American bird population estimates. Ecological Modelling 221:173–177.

Thogmartin, W. E., J. A. Fitzgerald, and M. T. Jones.  2009. Conservation design: Where do we go from here?  Pages 426–436 in Rich, T.D., C. Arizmendi, D. Demarest and C. Thompson [eds.]. Tundra to Tropics: Connecting Birds, Habitats and People. Proceedings of the 4th International Partners in Flight Conference, 13-16 February 2008. McAllen, TX. Partners in Flight.

Thogmartin, W. E., and J. J. Rohweder.  2009. Conservation opportunity assessment for rare birds in the midwestern United States: a private lands imperative.  Pages 419–425 in Rich, T.D., C. Arizmendi, D. Demarest and C. Thompson [eds.]. Tundra to Tropics: Connecting Birds, Habitats and People. Proceedings of the 4th International Partners in Flight Conference, 13-16 February 2008. McAllen, TX. Partners in Flight.

Zimmerman, G. S., R. J. Gutiérrez, W. E. Thogmartin, and S. Banerjee.  2009.  Multiscale habitat selection of Ruffed Grouse: predictions for habitat quality at low population densities.  Condor 111:294–304.

Thogmartin, W. E., M. Gallagher, N. Young, J. J. Rohweder, F. Durbian, and M. G. Knutson.  2009.  Avian assemblages in the lower Missouri River floodplain.  Wetlands 29:552–562.

Thogmartin, W. E., M. Gallagher, N. Young, J. J. Rohweder, and M. G. Knutson. 2009.  Factors associated with succession of abandoned agricultural lands along the lower Missouri River.  Restoration Ecology 17:290–296.

Fitzgerald, J. A., W. E. Thogmartin, R. Dettmers, T. Jones, C. Rustay, J. M. Ruth, T. C. Will, and F. R. Thompson III.  2008.  Models for conservation planning for terrestrial birds in North America.  Pages 593–624 in J. J. Millspaugh and F. R. Thompson III, editors.  Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes.  Academic/Elsevier, Boston, Massachusetts, USA/Amersterdam, Netherlands.

Murray, L. D., C. A. Ribic, W. E. Thogmartin, and M. G. Knutson.  2008.  Accuracy assessment of predictive models of grassland bird abundance in the Prairie Hardwood Transition.  Condor 110:747–755.

Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier.  2008.  Modeling wetland blackbird populations as a function of waterfowl abundance in the Prairie Pothole region of the United States and Canada. Environmental Bioindicators 3:124–135.

Colorado, Z., J. G., P. Hamel, A. Rodewald, and W. Thogmartin. 2008.  El Grupo Cerúleo: collaboration to assess nonbreeding range of Cerulean Warbler in South America. Ornitologia Neotropical 19 (Suppl.):521–529.

Beever, E. A., R. J. Tausch, and W. E. Thogmartin.  2008.  Multi-scale responses of vegetation to removal of horse grazing from Great Basin (U.S.A.) mountain ranges.  Plant Ecology 196:163–184.

Murray, L. D., C. A. Ribic, and W. E. Thogmartin.  2008.  Relationship of obligate grassland birds to landscape structure in Wisconsin.  Journal of Wildlife Management 72: 463–467.

Thogmartin, W. E., B. R. Gray, M. Gallagher, N. Young, J. J. Rohweder, and M. G. Knutson.  2007.  Power to detect trend in short-term time series of bird abundance.  Condor 109:943–948. 

Thogmartin, W. E. 2007. Effects at the landscape scale may constrain habitat relations at finer scales. Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux 2 (2): 6. [online] URL:

Kirsch, E. M., B. R. Gray, T. J. Fox, and W. E. Thogmartin.  2007.  Breeding bird territory placement in riparian wet meadows in relation to invasive reed canary grass, Phalaris arundinacea.  Wetlands 27:644–655.

Forcey, G. M., G. M. Linz, W. E. Thogmartin, and W. J. Bleier.  2007. Influence of land use and climate on wetland breeding birds in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology - Revue Canadienne De Zoologie 85:421–436. 

Thogmartin, W. E., J. R. Sauer, and M. G. Knutson.  2007.  Modeling and mapping abundance of American woodcock across their breeding range in the United States.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71:376–382.

Thogmartin, W. E., and M. G. Knutson.  2007.  Scaling local species-habitat relations to the larger landscape with a hierarchical spatial count model.  Landscape Ecology 22:61–75. 

Thogmartin, W. E., T. J. Fox , J. J. Rohweder, M. G. Knutson, and T. C. Will.  2006.  Emerging Technologies: LINK: a land conservation decision support tool.  Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 87(3) [online] URL: <>.

Thogmartin, W. E., M. G. Knutson, and J. R. Sauer.  2006.  Predicting regional abundance of rare grassland birds with a hierarchical spatial count model. Condor 108:25–46.  

Thogmartin, W. E., J. R. Sauer, and M. G. Knutson.  2004.  A hierarchical spatial count model of avian abundance with application to Cerulean Warbler.  Ecological Applications 14:1766–1779.  

Thogmartin, W. E., A. Gallant, T. Fox, M. G. Knutson, and M. Suárez.  2004.  Commentary: A cautionary tale regarding use of the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset.  The Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:960–968.

Thogmartin, W. E.  2001.  Home-range size and habitat selection in wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) of Arkansas.  American Midland Naturalist 145:247–260.

Thogmartin, W. E., and B. A. Schaeffer.  2000.  Landscape attributes associated with mortality events in wild turkeys of Arkansas.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 29:865–874.

Thogmartin, W. E., and J. E. Johnson.  1999.  Reproduction in a declining population of wild turkeys in Arkansas.  Journal of Wildlife Management 63:1281–1290.

Thogmartin, W. E.  1999.  Landscape attributes and nest-site selection in Wild Turkeys of Arkansas.  Auk 116:912–923.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Geographic Analysis and Mappinggeospatial analysis
Geographic Analysis and Mappingspatial analysis
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Techniques and Methodsgeographic information systems (GIS)
Techniques and Methodsstatistical analysis

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

My career and research interests include advancing a dynamic body of research in landscape and habitat ecology for animals declining in abundance, asking new questions of multiple, combined data sets to gain novel insight into the dynamics of animal populations over space and time, and continuing to publish in peer-reviewed journals, translating science into guidance for practical, applicable management decisions. I am particularly interested in wildlife ecology, population biology of rare species, avian biogeography, and habitat relationships of birds.

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Wayne Thogmartin
2630 Fanta Reed Road
La Crosse, WI 54603
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