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

Georgia Staff Member

Dr. Michael J. Conroy

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (706) 542 - 4988

Research Publications Publication Date
Thomson, D. L., M. J. Conroy, D. R. Anderson, K. P. Burnham, E. G. Cooch, C. M. Francis, J. D. Lebreton, M. S. Lindberg, B. J. T. Morgan, D. L. Otis, and G. C. White. 2009. Standardizing terminology and notation for the analysis of demographic processes in marked populations, pp 1099-1106 in Modeling Demographic Processes in Marked Populations, Environmental and Ecological Statistics 3. Thomson, D.L., E.G. Cooch, and M.J. Conroy (Eds.). Springer, New York, NY. | Publisher Website April 2009
Zimpfer, N. L., and M. J. Conroy. Movement and fidelity rates of American black ducks. J. Wildl. Manage. 70:1770-1777. November 2006
Zimpfer, N. L., and M. J. Conroy 2006. Models of production rates in American black duck populations. J. Wildl. Manage. 70:947-954 October 2006
Williams, B. K., J. D. Nichols, and M. J. Conroy. 2002. Analysis and management of animal populations. Academic Press . April 2002
Ward, M. R., D. E. Stallknecht, J. Willis, M. J. Conroy, and W. R. Davidson. 2006. Wild bird mortality and West Nile Virus surveillance: biases associated with detection, reporting, and carcass persistence. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42:92-106. January 2006
Thomson, D. L., E. G. Cooch, M. J. Conroy. 2008. Modeling Demographic Processes in Marked Populations. Series: Environmental and Ecological Statistics , Vol. 3. Springer. December 2008
Senar, J. C., and M. J. Conroy. 2004. Multi-state analysis of the impacts of avian pox on a population of Serins (Serinus serinus): the importance of estimating recapture rates. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. 27. 1: 133-146. January 2005
Senar, J. C., M. J. Conroy, L. M. Carrascal, J. Domenech, I. Mozetich, and F. Uribe. 1999. Identifying sources of heterogeneity in capture probabilities: An example with the Great Tit (Parus major). Bird Study 46(Suppl):S245-252. November 1999
Senar, J. C., M. J. Conroy and A. Borras. 2002. Microgeographical adaptation in a highly dispersing species: a metapopulation analysis of the Citril Finch. J. Applied Statistics 29(1-3):425-442. February 2002
Senar, J. C., J. Domenech, and M. J. Conroy. 1999. Funnel traps capture a higher proportion of juvenile Great Tits than automatic traps. Ringing and Migration 19:257-259. November 1999
Sanderlin, JS, BC Faircloth, B Chamblin, and MJ Conroy. 2009. Tetranucleotide microsatellite loci from the black bear (Ursus americanus). Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 288-291. January 2009
Reinert, T. R., J. E. Wallin, M. C. Griffin, M. J. Conroy and M. J. Van Den Avyle. 1998. Long-term retention and detection of oxytetracycline marks applied to hatchery-reared larval striped bass. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 55(3):539-543. March 1998
Powell, L.A., A.J. Tyre, M.J. Conroy, J.T. Peterson, and B.K. Williams. 2011 Integrating adaptive management into wildlife curricula. The Wildlife Professional 5(2): 74-76. April 2011
Powell, L. A., M. J. Conroy, J. E. Hines, J. D. Nichols, and D. G. Krementz. 2000. Simultaneous use of mark-recapture and radiotelemetry to estimate survival, movement, and capture rates. Journal of Wildlife Management 64:302-313 January 2000
Powell, L. A., M. J. Conroy, G. D. Balkcom, and J. N. Caudell. 2004. Urban Canada geese in Georgia: assessing a golf course survey and a nuisance relocation program. Proceedings of the 2003 International Canada Goose Symposium: 135-139. September 2004
Powell, L. A., J. D. Lang, M. J. Conroy, and D. G. Kremetz. 2000. Effects of forest management on density, survival, and population growth of wood thrushes. Journal of Wildlife Management 64:11-23. January 2000
Powell, L. A., J. D. Lang, D. G. Krementz, and M. J. Conroy. 2005. Using radio telemetry to reduce bias in nest searching. Journal of Field Ornithology 76:274-278. September 2005
Powell, L. A. J. D. Lang, D. G. Krementz, and M. J. Conroy. . 2005. Use of radiotelemetry to reduce bias in nest searching. J. Field. Ornithology 76:274-278 August 2005
Moore, C. T., and M. J. Conroy. 2006. Optimal regeneration planning for old-growth forest: addressing scientific uncertainty in endangered species recovery through adaptive management. Forest Science 52:155-172. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website April 2006
Moore, C. T., and M. J. Conroy. 2006. A decision model for perpetuating maximal old growth forest conditions under stochastic and structural uncertainty. Pages 185-197 in Cieszewski, C. J., and M. Strub, eds. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Forest Measurements and Quantitative Methods and Management & The 2004 Southern Mensurationists Meeting (15-18 June 2004, Hot Springs, AR, USA). Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens. | Abstract | Download December 2006
Moore, C. T., W. T. Plummer, and M. J. Conroy. 2005. Forest management under uncertainty for multiple bird population objectives. Pages 373-380 in Ralph, C. J., and T. D. Rich, eds. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. 2002 March 20-24; Asilomar, California, Volume 1. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website February 2006
Moore, C. T., M. J. Conroy and K. Boston. 2000. Forest management decisions for wildlife objectives: system resolution and optimality. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 27:25-39. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website June 2000
Mattsson, B. J., R S. Mordecai, M. J. Conroy, J. T. Peterson, R. J. Cooper, And H. Christensen. 2008. When does N0 matter? A stochastic population viability analysis for imperiled large-bodied woodpeckers, with implications for the recently rediscovered Ivory-billed woodpecker. Avian Conservation and Ecology 3(2): 5. [online] URL: | Publisher Website December 2008
Lang, J. D., L. A. Powell, D. G. Krementz, and M. J. Conroy. 2002. Wood Thrush movements, habitat use, and effects of forest management for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Auk 119(1): 109-124. June 2002
Jennelle, C. S., E. G. Cooch, M. J. Conroy, and J. C. Senar. State-specific detection probabilities and disease prevalence. Ecological Applications. 17:154-167 January 2007
Irwin, B. J., and M. J. Conroy. 2013. Consideration of reference points for the management of renewable resources under an adaptive management paradigm. Environmental Conservation 40(4):302-309. doi:10.1017/S0376892913000222 November 2013
Howell, J. E., C. T. Moore, M. J. Conroy, R. G. Hamrick, R. J. Cooper, R. E. Thackston, and J. P. Carroll. 2009. Conservation of northern bobwhite on private lands in Georgia, USA under uncertainty about landscape level habitat effects. Landscape Ecology 24:405-418. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website March 2009
Howell, J. A., J. T. Peterson, and M. J. Conroy. 2008. Building Hierarchical Models of Avian Distributions for the State of Georgia. Journal of Wildlife Management. 72:168?178. January 2008
Fonnesbeck, C. J., and M. J. Conroy. 2004. Application of integrated Bayesian modeling and Markov chain Monte Carlo methods to the conservation of a harvested species. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. 27. 1: 267-281. January 2005
Domenech, J., J. C. Senar, and M. J. Conroy. 2001. Birds captured at automatic baited traps are heavier. Buttl. GCA 18: 1-8. January 2002
Diefenbach, D.R., L.A. Hansen, R.J. Warren, M.J. Conroy, and M.G. Nelms. 2009. Restoration of bobcats to Cumberland Island, Georgia, USA: Lessons learned and evidence for the role of bobcats as keystone predators. Pages 423-435 in A. Vargas, C. Breitenmoser and U. Breitenmoser (editors). Iberian Lynx Ex situ Conservation: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Fundación Biodiversidad, Madrid, Spain. | Abstract | Download October 2009
Diefenbach, D. R., L. A. Hansen, R. J. Warren, and M. J. Conroy. 2006. Spatial organization of a reintroduced population of bobcats. Journal of Mammalogy. 87:394-401. May 2006
Cooper, R. J., M. J. Conroy, and J. P. Carroll. 2001. Wildlife biometrics training at the University of Georgia: adding quantitative emphasis to a wildlife management program. Wildl. Soc. Bull. 29:1049-1054 December 2001
Cook, K., J. Skvarla, S. McDonald, J. Bewsher, and M. J. Conroy. 2005. Central Georgia black bear population: habitat and population modeling and behavioral ecology. International Bear Newsletter 14:29-31. April 2005
Conroy. M. J., and D. C. Lee. 2004. Population dynamics and monitoring applied to decision-making. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 27. 1:229-230. January 2005
Conroy, MJ, JP Runge, RJ Barker,MR Schofield, CJ Fonnsebeck. 2008. Efficient estimation of abundance for patchily distributed populations via 2-phase, adaptive sampling. Ecology 3362-3370. December 2008
Conroy, M.J. and J.T. Peterson. 2013. DECISION MAKING IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: A STRUCTURED, ADAPTIVE APPROACH. Wiley- Blackwell | Publisher Website April 2013
Conroy, M. J., and J. P. Carroll. Quantitative Vertebrate Conservation. Wiley-Blackwell. January 2009
Conroy, M. J., and J. P. Carroll. 2002. Estimating abundance of Galliformes: tools and application. Proceedings of the 2nd International Galliformes Symposium. Kathmandu and Royal Chitwan Nationa Park, Nepal. 24 September - 1 October 2000. Editors-in-chief: MIA Woodburn and PJG McGowan. Editors: J. P. Carroll, A. Musavi, and Zhang Zheng-wang. January 2002
Conroy, M. J., and C. T. Moore. 2002. Wildlife habitat modeling in an adaptive framework: the role of alternative models. Pages 205-218 in Scott, J. M., P. J. Heglund, M. L. Morrison, J. B. Haufler, M. G. Raphael, W. A. Wall, and F. B. Samson, eds. Predicting species occurrences: issues of accuracy and scale. Island Press, Washington, DC. | Download February 2002
Conroy, M. J., and C. T. Moore. 2001. Simulation models and optimal decision making in natural resource management. Pages 91-104 in Shenk, T. M., and A. B. Franklin, eds. Modeling in natural resource management: development, interpretation, and application. Island Press, Washington, DC. | Download May 2001
Conroy, M. J., R. J. Barker, P. J. Dillingham, D. Fletcher, A. M. Gormley, and I. Westbrooke. 2008. APPLICATION OF DECISION THEORY TO CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT: RECOVERY OF HECTOR'S DOLPHIN. Wildlife Research 35: 93-102. April 2008
Conroy, M. J., P. Beier, H. Quigley, and M. R. Vaughan. 2006. Improving the use of science in conservation: lessons from the Florida Panther. Journal of Wildlife Management: 70: 1-7 April 2006
Conroy, M. J., M. W. Miller, and J. E. Hines. 2002. Identification and synthetic modeling of factors affecting American black duck populations. Wildlife Monographs 150. October 2002
Conroy, M. J., J. C. Senar, and J. Domenech. 2002. Analysis of individual and time-specific covariate effects on survival of Serinus serinus in north-eastern Spain. J. Applied Stat. 29(1-3):125-142. May 2002
Conroy, M. J., J. C. Senar, J. E. Hines and J. Domenech. 1999. Development and application of a mark-recapture model incorporating predicted sex and transitory behaviour. Bird Study 46(Suppl): S62-73. November 1999
Conroy, M. J., C. R. Allen, J. T. Peterson, L. Pritchard, Jr., and C. T. Moore. 2003. Landscape change in the southern Piedmont: challenges, solutions, and uncertainty across scales. Conservation Ecology 8(2): 3. [online] URL: | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website December 2003
Conroy, M. J., C. J. Fonnesbeck, and N. L. Zimpfer. 2005. Modeling regional waterfowl harvest rates using Markov chain Monte Carlos. Journal of Wildlife Management 69: 77-90. March 2005
Conroy, M. J. J. T. Peterson, O. L. Bass, C. J. Fonnesbeck, J. E. Howell, C. T. Moore, and J. P. Runge. 2008. Sources of variation in detection of wading birds from aerial surveys in the Florida Everglades. Auk 125:731-743. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website July 2008
Conroy, M. J. Application of capture-recapture to addressing questions in evolutionary ecology. in: Modeling Demographic Processes in Marked Populations. Series: Environmental and Ecological Statistics , Vol. 3 Thomson, David L. ; Cooch, Evan G. ; Conroy, Michael J. (Eds. ) January 2009
Conroy, M. J. 2008. Some contributions of capture-recapture to evolutionary ecology and population modeling. Pp. 315-348 in Unity in Diversity. Reflections on Ecology after the Legacy of Ramon Margalef. Fundaci�n BBVA, Bilbao, Spain February 2008
Conroy, M. J. 2005. Modelling and statistics for conservation: a philosophical, pragmatic viewpoint. Pp. 122-132 in: Fuller, R. A. & Browne, S. J. (eds) 2005. Galliformes 2004. Proceedings of the 3rd International Galliformes Symposium. World Pheasant Association, Fordingbridge, UK. May 2005
Conroy, M. J. 2002. Real and quasi-experiments in capture-recapture studies: suggestions for advancing the state of the art. J. Applied Statistics 29(1-3):475-477. May 2002
Conroy, M. J. 2000. Conservation and land use decisions under uncertainty: models, data, and adaptation. Pp. 145-158 in. M. Hill and R. Aspinall (editors). Spatial information for land use management. OPA Overseas Publishing Associates, Ltd. September 2001
Conroy, M. J. 2000. An adaptive approach to habitat management for migratory birds in the southeastern United States. pp. 63- 69 in: Bonney, R., Pashley, D. N., Cooper, R, J., and Niles, L. (eds). Strategies for bird conservation: The Partners in Flight Planning Process; Proceedings of the 3rd Partners in Flight Workshop; 1995 October 1-5; Cape May, NJ. Proceedings RMRS-P-16. Ogden, UT: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 281 p. September 2001
Conroy M.J. and J.T. Peterson. 2009. Integrating management, research, and monitoring: balancing the 3-legged stool. Pages 413 - 421 in Cederbaum S.B., Faircloth B.C., Terhune T.M., Thompson J.J., and Carroll J.P., eds. Gamebird 2006: Quail VI and Perdix XII. 31 May - 4 June 2006. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Athens, GA, USA. July 2009
Beier, P., M. R. Vaughan, M. J. Conroy, and H. Quigley. 2006. Evaluating scientific inferences about the Florida Panther. Journal of Wildlife Management: 70: 236-245. April 2006
Baker, L. A., R. J. Warren, D. R. Diefenbach, W. E. James, and M. J. Conroy. 2001. Prey selection by reintroduced bobcats (Lynx rufus) on Cumberland Island, Georgia. American Midland Naturalist 145:80-93. March 2001
Presentations Presentation Date
Sanderlin, J. S., M. J. Conroy, et al. (N. Lazar, J. Carroll, J. Nairn, and L. Seymour). Sept. 2009. State-space model incorporating multiple data structures for estimating black bear abundance in central Georgia, USA. EURING conference, Pescara, Italy. September 2009
Peterson, J.T., A.M. Romito, M.J. Conroy. 2014.Structured Decision Making for Brown Bear Management on National Park Service Lands in Alaska. International Association for Landscape Ecology 2014 Annual Symposium, May 18-21, Anchorage Alaska. May 2014
Pacifici, K, MJ Conroy, R.J. Cooper, and J.T. Peterson. 2009. Occupancy Estimation within an Adaptive Sampling Design: A Calibrated Bayesian Approach to Evaluating an Integrated Estimator for Rare or Elusive Species. Euring Analytical Conference. Pescara, Italy. September 14-20. September 2009
Pacifici, K*, M.J. Conroy, R.J. Cooper, and J.T. Peterson. 2008. Occupancy estimation within an adaptive sampling design: Evaluation of an integrated estimator for rare or elusive species. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Miami, Florida. November 8-12. November 2008
Howell, J. E., C. T. Moore, R. Hamrick, M. J. Conroy, J. P. Carroll, and R. Cooper. 2004. Adaptive landscape management of wintering birds in early successional habitats: Hierarchical models for predicting occurrence of northern bobwhite. 58th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 31 Oct-3 Nov 2004, Hilton Head Island, SC. October 2004
Howell, J. E., C. T. Moore, R. Hamrick, M. J. Conroy, J. P. Carroll, R. J. Cooper. 2005. Hierarchical models for adaptive landscape management of wintering birds in early successional habitats in the upper coastal plain of Georgia. 12th Annual Conference, The Wildlife Society, 25-29 September 2005, Madison, WI. September 2005
Cooper, R. J., R. S. Mordecai, B. G. Mattsson, M. J. Conroy, K. Pacifici, J. T. Peterson, and C. T. Moore. 2008. Design for a region-wide adaptive search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker with the objective of estimating occupancy and related parameters. Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, 13-16 February 2008, McAllen, TX. February 2008
<br>Sanderlin, J. S. and M. J. Conroy. Nov. 2008. State-space model of black bear demographics in central Georgia. The Wildlife Society Conference, Miami, FL. November 2008
<br><br>Sanderlin, J. S. and M. J. Conroy. Nov. 2008. Optimal selection of microsatellite loci in the presence of genetic misidentification error: a noninvasive genetic sampling case study. The Wildlife Society Conference, Miami, FL. November 2008
Technical Publications Publication Date
Conroy, M.J.2001. Adaptive Management framework for the monitoring of forest wildlife populations on national wildlife refuges. US Fish and Wildlife Service. p.118 August 2001
Conroy, M.J. and R.J. Cooper. 2001. Effects of Riparian Zone characteristics on the reproductive ecology of forest songbirds. US Fish and Wildlife Service.p.16 June 2001
Conroy, M.J. and P.F. Doherty. 2001. Development of a bird banding recapturel resighting database. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. December 2002
Conroy, M.J. and J.C. Senar.2001. Sex specific survival in cardueline finches: when do the females die? NATO July 2001
Conroy, M.J. and E.A. Kramer. 2003. The Georgia Gap Analysis Project 2003. USGS/BRD/WRD, GA Dept of Natural Resources and the EPA. p111 August 2003
Conroy, M. J., J. T. Peterson, R. J. Cooper, C. T. Moore, B. J. Mattsson, R. S. Mordecai, and K. Pacifici. 2008. An adaptive sample survey design for the ivory billed woodpecker. Final Report to USGS/CRU. | Download March 2008
Conroy, M. J., J. T. Peterson, C. T. Moore, J. Runge, J. Howell, and Z. Zhong. 2007. The effects of hydrologic stressors on wading bird foraging distributions in the Everglades from 1985 2000. Final Report to South Florida Water Management District. | Download May 2007
Conroy, M. J., J. P. Carroll, R. J. Cooper, C. T. Moore, R. Thackston, R. Hamrick, and J. E. Howell. 2007. Adaptive decision support for landscape level conservation of birds in early successional habitats on private lands in Georgia. Final Report to USGS/BRD. | Download August 2007
Conroy, M. J. 2006. Wildlife Demography: Analysis of Sex, Age, and Count Data [Book Review]. Auk. 123:1205-1207. November 2006
Beier, P., M. R. Vaughan, M. J. Conroy, and H. B. Quigley. 2003. An analysis of scientific literature related to the Florida panther. Final Project Report (Research Work Order No. 74) sumbitted to the US Fish and Wildlife (Jacksonville, FL). 66 pp. November 2003