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Clint Otto

Research Ecologist

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Ph.D.  2012,  Michigan State University (Fisheries and Wildlife)

Ph.D.  2012,  Michigan State University (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior)

M.S.    2006,  Towson University (Biology)

B.S.    2003,  University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (Biology)



2012-Present    USGS, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (Research Ecologist)

2006-2008        USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (Biological Technician)

1999-2003        UWSP, Environmental Task Force Water Laboratory (Laboratory Technician)



Developing Decision-support Tools for Incorporating Land Use Change into Long-term Conservation Strategies for Breeding Birds in the Prairie Pothole Region

Improving Forage for Honey Bees and Native Pollinators on Federal Conservation Lands

Ecology of a Prairie Wetland Complex: Dynamics in the Biological Community Over 20 Years of Dynamic Climate Change

Synergistic Effects of Climate and Land Use on Pollination Services in the Northern Great Plains


Euliss Jr, N. H., D. M. Mushet, W. E. Newton, C. R. V. Otto, R. D. Nelson, J. W. LaBaugh, E. J. Scherff and D. O. Rosenberry (2014). Placing prairie pothole wetlands along spatial and temporal continua to improve integration of wetland function in ecological investigations. Journal of Hydrology 513(0): 490-503.

Otto, C.R.V., Roloff, G.J., Thames, R. (2014) Comparing population patterns to processes: abundance and survival of a forest salamander following habitat degradation. Plos One  9(4): e93859

McNeil, D.J., Otto, C.R.V., Roloff, G.J. (in-press) Using audio lures to improve Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) detection during point count surveys. Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.428

Otto, C.R.V., Bailey, L.L., Roloff, G.J.  2013.  Improving species occupancy estimation when sampling violates the closure assumption. Ecography 36:1299-1309.


Otto, C.R.V., Kroll, A.J., McKenny, H. 2013. Amphibian Response to Downed Wood Retention in Managed Forests: A Prospectus for Future Biomass Harvest in North America. Forest Ecology and Management 304:275-285.

Otto, C.R.V. and G. J. Roloff. 2012. Songbird response to green-tree retention prescriptions in harvested forests.  Forest Ecology and Management, 284:241-250.

Otto, C.R.V. and G. J. Roloff. 2011. Using Multiple Methods to Assess Detection Probabilities of Forest-Floor Wildlife. Journal of Wildlife Management, 75:423-431.

Otto, C.R.V. and G. J. Roloff. 2011. Comparing Cover Object and Leaf Litter Surveys for Detecting Red-backed Salamanders, Plethodon cinereus. Journal of Herpetology, 45:256-260.

Otto, C.R.V., J.W. Snodgrass, D.C. Forester, J.C. Mitchell, and R. Miller. 2007.  Climatic variation and the distribution of an amphibian polyploid complex.  Journal of Animal Ecology, 76:1053-1061.

Otto, C.R.V., D.C. Forester, and J.W. Snodgrass. 2007. Influences of wetland and landscape characteristics on the distribution of carpenter frogs. Wetlands, 27:261-269.


Otto, C.R.V. and L. L. Bailey. September 2007. Anuran calling surveys: does increased survey duration improve detection probabilities? U.S. Geological Survey Technical Report. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.   

Otto, C.R.V. and L.L. Bailey. August 2007. Summary report of the National Wildlife Refuge Anuran Calling Survey Program. U.S. Geological Survey Technical Report. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentbiodiversity
Ecology and Environmentecosystem functions
Ecology and Environmentforests
Ecology and Environmentgrasslands
Ecology and Environmenthabitats
Natural Resourcesenergy resources
Natural Resourcesforest resources
Natural Resourcesnatural resource management
Plants and Animalsanimals
Plants and Animalscapturing and trapping
Plants and Animalsmigratory species
Plants and Animalsvertebrates
Plants and Animalswildlife
Plants and Animalswildlife population management
Techniques and Methodsfield methods
Techniques and Methodsstatistical analysis

Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Dynamics

Image of Current Focus for Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Dynamics


  • Effects of biofuel crop production on wildlife and their habitat
  • Impact of land use change on ecosystem services
  • Estimation of wildlife population dynamics
  • Species occupancy modeling

Contact Information

Clint Otto
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, ND 58401
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