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

Florida Staff Member


Chris Cattau

Chris Cattau holding an American Alligator.

Email: cattau@ufl.edu

Education

  • MS University of Florida 2008
  • BS University of Florida 2003

Biography

Chris Cattau worked for two seasons as a field technician on the long-term monitoring project of Snail Kite demography, movement, and foraging ecology. Subsequently, Chris moved to Gainesville and completed his masters thesis "Effects of the invasive exotic apple snail (Pomacea insularum) on the Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) in Florida, USA". Currently, Chris is testing ecological trap hypotheses related to the exotic snail and to hydrology management. He is also analyzing spatio-temporal patterns in the distribution of Snail Kite nests throughout their range and modeling wetland-specific reproductive parameters for use in an adaptive management framework.

Research Interest

Population Ecology, Wetland Ecology

Research Publications Publication Date
Reichert, B., C. Cattau, R. Fletcher, W. Kendall, W. Kitchens. 2012. Extreme weather and experience influence reproduction in an endangered bird. Ecology. 2012. Ecology http:dx.doi.org/10.10890/12-0233.1 (IP-041148) 2012-10-31
Reichert, B. E., Martin, J., Kendall, W. L., Cattau, C. E., & Kitchens, W. M. (2010). Interactive effects of senescence and natural disturbance on the annual survival probabilities of snail kites. Oikos, 119(6), 972-979. 2010-12-31
Reichert, B. E., C. E. Cattau, R. J. Fletcher, Jr., P. W. Sykes, Jr., J. A. Rodgers, Jr. and R. E. Bennetts. 2015. Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/171 doi:10.2173/bna.171 | Publisher Website 2015-12-31
Martin, Julien, Wiley M. Kitchens, Madan K. Oli, Christopher E. Cattau. 2008. Exploring the importance of natural disturbances and habitat degradation on Snail Kite population dynamics. Endangered Species Research. 6: 25-39. 2008-10-31
Cattau, Christopher E., Julien Martin, and Wiley M. Kitchens. "Effects of an exotic prey species on a native specialist: Example of the snail kite." Biological Conservation 143.2 (2010): 513-520. 2010-12-31
Cattau, C. E., P. C. Darby, R. J. Fletcher, and W. M. Kitchens. 2013. Reproductive response of the endangered snail kite to variations in prey density. Journal of Wildlife Management. 2014-12-31
Technical Publications Publication Date
Reichert, Brian, Christopher Cattau, Wiley Kitchens, Kyle Pias, and Jean Olbert. 2009. Snaill Kite Demography in blue cypress Marsh Complex. Annual Report 2009. 2009-10-31
Reichert, Brian, Christopher Cattau, Wiley Kitchens, Kyle Pias, and Jean Olbert. 2010. Snail Kite Demography in Blue Cypress Marsh Complex. Annual Report 2011. 2011-05-31
Reichert, Brian, Christopher Cattau, Wiley Kitchens, Christa Zweig, Jean Olbert, and Kyle Pias. Demographic, Movement, and Habitat studies of the Endagered Snail Kite in Response to Operational Plans in Water Conservation Area 3A. Annual Report. 2009-10-31
Reichert, Brian, Christopher Cattau, Wiley Kitchens, Christa Zweig, Jean Olbert, and Kyle Pias. Demographic, Movement, and Habitat Studies of the Endangered Snail Kite in Response to Operational Plans in Water Conservation Area 3A. 2011. Annual Report 2011-05-31
Martin, J., W.M. Kitchens, C. Cattau, A. Bowling, S. Stocco, E. Powers, C. Zweig, A. Hotaling, Z. Welch, H. Waddle, and A. Paredes. 2007. Snail Kite Demography: Annual report, 2007. U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2007-05-31
Cattau, C.E., W.M. Kitchens, B.E. Reichert, A. Bowling, A. Hotaling, C. Zweig, J. Olbert, K. Pias, and J. Martin. 2009. Snail kite Demography. U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Annual Report. 104pp. 2009-12-31
Cattau, C.E., W.M. Kitchens, B.E. Reichert, A. Bowling, A. Hotaling, C. Zweig, J. Olbert, K. Pias, and J. Martin. 2008. Demographic, movement, and habitat studies of the endangered snail kite in response to operational plans in Water Conservation Area 3. U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Annual. Report. 138pp. 2008-12-31
Cattau, C.E., B.E. Reichert, W.M. Kitchens, R. J. Fletcher, J. Olbert, K. Pias, E. Robertson, R. Wilcox, and C. Zweig. 2012. Snail kite Demography. U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Annual Report. 254pp. 2012-12-31