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

Idaho Staff Member


Dr. Matthew R Falcy

Matt Falcy

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (208) 885 - 7120
Email: mfalcy@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: mfalcy@uidaho.edu
Faculty Website

Education

  • Ph D Iowa State University 2011
  • MS Universidad de Chile 2004
  • MS Portland State Univeristy 2004
  • BS University of California, Davis 1997

Biography

Dr. Falcy is Assistant Unit Leader and Assistant Professor of Biometrics in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho. Matt currently works on fish and wildlife problems that emphasize modeling. Using Bayesian statistics, math, and numerical simulations, Matt’s research seeks to project population dynamics under future conditions. This sometimes includes modeling the interactions between behavior, environment, and other species. Matt is also interested in optimizing human decision-making around management objectives and measures of scientific evidence about the state of nature. Matt teaches graduate courses on Ecological Modeling and Bayesian Analysis in Ecology. Before becoming Assistant Unit Leader in Idaho in 2021, Matt worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for ten years, where he developed salmonid population models and decision support tools. Prior to that, he obtained a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor is Statistics from Iowa State University.

Areas of Expertise

AI/Machine Learning, Adaptive Management, Behavioral Ecology, Climate Change, Decision Support/Analysis, Evolutionary Ecology, Fisheries Management, Landscape Ecology, Movement Ecology, Population Dynamics, Population and Community Ecology, Predator-Prey Dynamics, Species Distribution Modeling, Species Status Assessments, Statistics and Modelling, T&E Species Management, Wildlife Management

Taxon Groups Studied

Anadromous Fishes, Carnivores, Freshwater Fishes, Nongame Fish/Wildlife, Salmonids, Small Mammals, Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Ungulates

Research Publications Publication Date
McCormick, J.L, and Falcy, M.R. 2015. Evaluation of non-traditional modelling techniques for forecasting salmon returns. Fisheries Management and Ecology 22:269-278.

DOI:10.1111/FME.12122 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2015
Falcy, M.R., and Estades, C.F. 2007. Effectiveness of corridors relative to enlargement of habitat patches. Conservation Biology 21(5):1341-1346.

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00766.x | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website
December 2007
Falcy, M.R., and Danielson, B.J. 2014. Post-hurricane recovery and long-term viability of the Alabama beach mouse. Biological Conservation 178: 28-36.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.07.010 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2014
Falcy, M.R., and Danielson, B.J. 2013. Assessment of competitive release of endangered beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates). Journal of Mammalogy 94: 584-590.

https://doi.org/10.1644/12-MAMM-A-231.1 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2013
Falcy, M.R., and Danielson, B.J. 2013. A complex relationship between moonlight and temperature on the foraging behavior of the Alabama beach mouse. Ecology 94: 2632-2637.

https://doi.org/10.1890/13-0426.1 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2013
Falcy, M.R., and Danielson, B.J. 2011. When sinks rescue sources in dynamic environments. In Liu, J., Hull, V., Morzillo, A., and Weins, J. (Eds.). Sources, Sinks, and Sustainability. Cambridge Studies in Landscape Ecology.

ISBN: 9780521145961

| Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2011
Falcy, M.R., McCormick, J.L., Miller, S.A. 2016. Proxies in practice: Calibration and validation of multiple indices of animal abundance. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 7: 117-128.

https://doi.org/10.3996/092015-JFWM-090 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2016
Falcy, M.R. 2023. Inferring hatchery effects using spawner-recruit data: Comment on Courter et al. (2022). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. | Abstract January 2023
Falcy, M.R. 2021. Using social values in the prioritization of research: quantitative examples and generalizations. Ecology and Evolution 11: 18000-18010. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.8394 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website December 2021
Falcy, M.R. 2018. A cost-optimization framework for planning applied environmental science. BioScience 68:912-922. doi:10.1093/biosci/biy109


| Abstract | Download | Publisher Website
December 2018
Falcy, M.R. 2015. Righting the resource management ship: a response to Grose. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:294-295.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.003


| Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2015
Falcy, M.R. 2015. Density-dependent habitat selection of spawning Chinook salmon: broad scale evidence and implications. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 545-553.

doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12297 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2015
Falcy, M.R. 2009. Theoretical perspectives on habitat destruction. In Kudrow, N.J. (Ed.). Conservation of Natural Resources. Nova Sciences Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-60741-178-9 December 2009
Duthie, A.B., and Falcy, M.R. 2013. The influence of habitat autocorrelation on plants and their seed-eating pollinators. Ecological Modelling 251:260-270.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.12.019 | Publisher Website
December 2013
Deitloff, J., Falcy, M.R., Krenz, J.D., and McMillan, B.R. 2010. Correlating small mammal abundance to climatic variation over twenty years. Journal of Mammalogy 91(1):193-199.

https://doi.org/10.1644/08-MAMM-A-267R.1 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2010
Chilcote, M.W., Goodson, K.W., and Falcy, M.R. 2011. Reduced recruitment performance in natural populations of anadromous salmonids associated with hatchery-reared fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:511-522.

https://doi.org/10.1139/F10-168 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2011
Bangs, B., Falcy, M.R., Scheerer, P.D., and Clements, S. 2013. Comparison of three methods for marking a small floodplain minnow. Animal Biotelemetry 1:18.

https://doi.org/10.1186/2050-3385-1-18 | Abstract | Publisher Website
December 2013
Bassing, Sarah
Post Doc
sbassing@uidaho.edu

Foster, Samuel
PhD
samuelfoster@uidaho.edu

Heishman, Joshua
Master's
jheishman@uidaho.edu

Vosbigian, Ryan
Master's
rvosbigian@uidaho.edu

Winkel, Brianna
PhD
bwinkel@uidaho.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
Science as Bayesian model averaging, with applications to density dependence. 2020. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Bend, OR. January 2020
Post-hurricane recovery and viability of the Alabama beach mouse. 2010. American Society of Mammalogists. Laramie, WY. January 2010
Population viability of Willamette River winter steelhead: An assessment of the effects of sea lions at Willamette Falls. 2018. Pacific Coast Steelhead Management Meeting. WallaWalla, Wa. January 2018
Population viability analysis with Bayesian state-space parameter estimation. 2013. The International Environmetrics Society. Anchorage, AK. January 2013
Optimal habitat selection of predator and prey in explicit space. 2009. Iowa State University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Spring Symposium. Ames, IA. January 2009
Models to support Oregon's water prioritization. Statewide Water Symposium. Corvallis, OR. September 2018
Middle Fork John Day Spring Chinook life cycle PVA. 2019. NOAA AMIP Life-cycle Meeting. Hood River, OR. January 2019
Meditations on scientific decision making. 2020. Meeting of the Conservation and Recovery Program of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. January 2020
Individual and population–level responses of the Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) to environmental variation in space and time. 2011. Biannual beach mouse conference. Daphne, AL. January 2011
Falcy, M.R. and Constable, R. 2022. Quantifying the relationship between snorkel counts and mark-recapture estimates of juvenile salmonids at multiple scales. Presented at the national meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Spokane WA. August 2022
Exploring patterns in coastal coho abundance and productivity. 2014. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Eugene, OR. January 2014
Estimating spawner population abundance of coastal Fall Chinook: is non-random sampling optimal? 2014. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Eugene, OR. January 2014
Effects of sea lions on Willamette River winter steelhead viability. 2018. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Willamette River Science Review. Corvallis, OR. January 2018
Effects of sea lion predation on Willamette River winter steelhead viability. 2018. Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting. Newport, OR. January 2018
Detecting the effects of management regime shifts in dynamic environments using multi-population state-space models. 2017. National Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Portland, OR. January 2017
Detecting management regime shifts in dynamic environments. 2019. North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Meeting. Portland, OR. January 2019
Designing biological reserves on stream networks. 2019. Oregon Chapter of American Fisheries Society. Bend, OR. January 2019
Conservation decision making: Integrating the precautionary principle with uncertainty. 2017. Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR. ​​​​ January 2017
Conservation decision making: Integrating the precautionary principle with uncertainty. 2016. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Seaside, OR. January 2016
Combining genetics and demographics in a viability model of hatchery-wild systems subject to environmental change. 2015. National Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Portland, OR. January 2015
Bayesian Analysis for Beginners. 2017. Two day workshop at the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Bend, OR. January 2017
Artificial neural networks: finding complex environmental signals or just fitting noise? 2012. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society- Forecasting Symposium. Portland, OR. January 2012
A Bayesian meta-analytic assessment of the effect of watershed geomorphology and lithology on chinook salmon recruitment. 2013. Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society. Bend, OR. January 2013
Technical Publications Publication Date
Spring Chinook Status Assessment. 2018. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download June 2018
Scheerer, P., Falcy, M., Bangs, B., Meeuwig, M., and Clements, S. 2017. Habitat Use by Bluegills Pomoxis annularis and Oregon Chub Oregonichthys crameri in an Off-channel Habitat in the Willamette Valley. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download January 2017
Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. 2021. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. December 2021
Rogue Spring Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan Comprehensive Assessment and Update. 2019. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife January 2019
Power analysis: determination of sub-sample size for analysis of fish scales from coastal Chinook salmon from spawning ground surveys. 2014. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download October 2014
Population Viability of Willamette River Winter Steelhead: An Assessment of the Effects of Sea Lions at Willamette Falls. 2017. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download July 2017
Estimating the weighted proportion of hatchery-origin spawners, pHOSw. 2019. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download January 2019
Elk River Fall Chinook: Status Assessment Update. 2020. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. June 2020
Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. 2014 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download June 2014
Coastal Fall Chinook Sliding Scale Bag Limits: A proposal for pre-season inland harvest management. 2019. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. | Download March 2019