Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Alabama
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Alabama Project

Southwestern Species Status Assessment

March 2015 - March 2020


Participating Agencies

  • Region 2, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Developed modeling techniques to support a variety of listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act supporting the USFWS. We worked on Sonora Desert Tortoise, Gila Chub, White-Bark Pine, White-tailed Ptarmigan among others. We also developed curriculum for a short course on data analysis and modeling for USFWS biologists.

Research Publications Publication Date
David R. Smith, Nathan L. Allan, Conor P. McGowan, Jennifer A. Szymanski, Susan R. Oetker, and Heather M. Bell (2018) Development of a Species Status Assessment Process for Decisions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management: June 2018, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 302-320. June 2018
McGowan, CP, Allan NA, Servoss J, Headwall S, Woolridge B, in review, Incorporating population viability models into species status assessment and listing decisions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. for submission to Endangered Species Research October 2017
Presentations Presentation Date
Angeli, N., McGowan, C.P., 2018, Collaborative population modeling for the federal Species Status Assessments, Latin America and Caribbean Congress for Conservation Biology July 2018, Tinidad and Tobago. July 2018
McGowan C, Allan N, Servoss J, Headwall S, Wooldridge B, 2018, Using Predictive Models to Support Endangered Species Listing Decisions in the Species Status Assessment of Sonoran Desert Tortoise. The Wildlife Society Annual meeting, Cleveland, OH, 2018 October 2018