USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Professional Pages

Blank space
Search USGS Professionals Featured Profiles Blank space Frequently Asked Questions  |  About The USGS Professional Pages
bio image of Clint  Otto

Clint Otto

Research Ecologist

Contact Info

Short Biography


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)



Understanding how land-use change affects honey bee colony health and productivity in the Prairie Pothole Region [View Research Video]

Modeling grassland bird response to land use conditions in the Northern Great Plains: Small-scale inference from large-scale monitoring

Improving Forage for Honey Bees and Native Pollinators on Federal Conservation Lands [View Research Video]

Developing the Pollinator Library: A regional database of plant-pollinator interacations []


Cornman, R. S., C. R. V. Otto, D. Iwanowicz, and J. S. Pettis. 2015. Taxonomic characterization of honey bee (Apis mellifera) pollen foraging based on non-overlapping paired-end sequencing of nuclear ribosomal loci. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145365. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145365

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. (2014) Using audio lures to improve Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) detection during point count surveys. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 38 (3): 586-590.

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
Back to top

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information:Ask USGS
Page Last Modified: January 24 2013 17:21:51.
Version: 2.6