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

Washington Staff Member


Dr. Sarah J. Converse

Education

  • Ph D Colorado State University 2005
  • MS University of Nebraska 1999
  • BS Michigan State University 1996

Biography

Dr. Converse received graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University. She then completed a postdoctoral position at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center before accepting a permanent position with USGS at Patuxent, where she led a research program for 10 years focused on endangered species conservation, decision science, and quantitative ecology. In 2017 she became the Unit Leader of the Washington Unit at University of Washington, where she serves as an Associate Professor. Her research focuses on the development and application of methods to understand the functioning of populations and to improve their management. She works across a broad variety of taxa: terrestrial birds, seabirds, marine mammals, amphibians, and others. Her research projects tend to reflect two primary themes: (1) development and application of quantitative methods in population ecology, particularly for small and declining populations; and (2) development and application of decision-analytic methods to inform management of populations. Sarah collaborates extensively with managers in federal and state agencies, and she works internationally, with current research projects located in Europe, New Zealand, French Polynesia, and the Arctic. Sarah teaches graduate courses in statistics and demographic analysis, and teaches professional and graduate courses on decision analysis. Sarah is active in efforts to increase equity and justice in her professional community.

Areas of Expertise

Adaptive Management, Conservation - General, Decision Support/Analysis, Ecology - General, Invasive Species, Movement Ecology, Population Dynamics, Population and Community Ecology, Species Management/Conservation, Species Status Assessments, Statistics and Modelling, Threatened/Endangered Species Management/Conservation, Wildlife Management/Conservation

Taxon Groups Studied

Amphibians, Coastal/Marine Birds, Marine Mammals, Nongame Fish/Wildlife, Songbirds, Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Water/Marsh Birds, Waterfowl

Research Publications Publication Date
Thurner SD, SJ Converse, and TA Branch. 2021. Modeling opportunistic exploitation: increased extinction risk when targeting more than one species. Ecological Modelling 454:109611. August 2021
Thompson BK, SJ Converse and JD Olden. 2021. Mechanistic invasive species management models and their application in conservation. Conservation Science and Practice 3:e533. | Abstract September 2021
Teitelbaum CS, SJ Converse, and T Mueller. 2019. The importance of early life experience and animal cultures in reintroductions. Conservation Letters 12:e12599. January 2018
Teitelbaum CS, SJ Converse, and T Mueller. 2017. Birds choose long-term partners years before breeding. Animal Behaviour 134:147-154. | Download December 2017
Sorel MH, RW Zabel, DS Johnson, AM Wargo Rub, and SJ Converse. 2021. Estimating population-specific predation effects on Chinook salmon via data integration. Journal of Applied Ecology 58:371-381. | Abstract October 2020
Songsasen N, SJ Converse, and ME Brown. 2019. Reproduction and reproductive technologies relevant to management of whooping cranes ex situ. Pages 373-387 in French Jr JB, SJ Converse, and JE Austin, editors. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, London, UK. September 2018
Runge MC, SJ Converse, JE Lyons, and DR Smith. 2020. Structured decision making: case studies in natural resource management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA. May 2020
Runge MC and SJ Converse. 2020. Introduction to risk analysis. Pages 149-155 in Runge MC, SJ Converse, JE Lyons, and DR Smith. Structured decision making: case studies in natural resource management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA. May 2020
Royle JA and SJ Converse. 2020. Estimating abundance from capture-recapture data. Pages 103-122 in Murray D and B Sandercock, editors. Population ecology in practice: underused, misused, and abused methods. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, USA. December 2019
Regehr EV, NJ Hostetter, RR Wilson, KD Rode, M St. Martin, and SJ Converse. 2018. Integrated population modeling provides the first empirical estimates of vital rates and abundance for polar bears in the Chukchi Sea. Scientific Reports 8:16780. November 2018
Regehr EV, MC Runge, A Von Duyke, RR Wilson, L Polasek, KD Rode, NJ Hostetter, and SJ Converse. 2021. Demographic risk assessment for a harvested species threatened by climate change: polar bears in the Chukchi Sea. Ecological Applications: e02461. September 2021
Mueller T, CS Teitelbaum, WF Fagan, and SJ Converse. 2019. Movement ecology of reintroduced migratory whooping cranes. Pages 217-238 in French Jr JB, SJ Converse, and JE Austin, editors. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, London, UK. September 2018
Moore, C. T., S. J. Converse, M. J. Folk, M. C. Runge, and S. A. Nesbitt. 2012. Evaluating release alternatives for a long-lived bird species under uncertainty about long-term demographic rates. Journal of Ornithology 152:S339-S353. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website February 2012
McClintock BT, B Abrahms, R Chandler, PB Conn, SJ Converse, R Emmet, B Gardner, NJ Hostetter, and DS Johnson. 2021. An integrated path for spatial capture-recapture and animal movement modeling. Ecology: e03473. July 2021
Lloyd NA, NJ Hostetter, CL Jackson, SJ Converse, and A Moehrenschlager. 2019. Response: future directions to escalate benefits of the stepping-stone approach for conservation translocations. Animal Conservation 22:122-123. April 2019
Lloyd NA, NJ Hostetter, CL Jackson, SJ Converse, and A Moehrenschlager. 2019. Optimizing release strategies: a stepping-stone approach to reintroduction. Animal Conservation 22:105-115. April 2019
Link WA, SJ Converse, AA Yackel Adams, and NJ Hostetter. 2018. Analysis of population change and movement using robust design removal data. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 23:463–477. September 2018
Kadin M, M. Frederiksen, S Niiranen, and SJ Converse. 2019. Linking demographic and food-web models to understand management trade-offs. Ecology and Evolution 9:8587-8600. August 2019
Hostetter NJ, NJ Lunn, ES Richardson, EV Regehr, and SJ Converse. 2021. Age-structured Jolly-Seber model expands inference and improves parameter estimation from capture-recapture data. PLOS ONE 16:e0252748. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252748

June 2021
Hemming V, AE Camaclang, M Adams, M Burgman, K Carbeck, J Carwardine, I Chades, L Chalifour, SJ Converse, LNK Davidson, GE Garrard, R Finn, J Fleri, J Huard, HJ Mayfield, E McDonald Madden, I Naujokaitis-Lewis, H Possingham, L Rumpff, MC Runge, D Stewart, VJD Tulloch, T Walshe, and TG Martin. 2022. An introduction to decision science for conservation. Conservation Biology 36:e13868. December 2021
Gerber BD, SJ Converse, E Muths, HJ Crockett, BA Mosher, and LL Bailey. 2018. Identifying species conservation strategies to reduce disease-associated declines. Conservation Letters 11:1-10. March 2018
Garrard GE, L Rumpff, MC Runge, and SJ Converse. 2017. Rapid prototyping for decision structuring: an efficient approach to conservation decision analysis. Pages 46-64 in Bunnefeld N, E Nicholson, and EJ Milner-Gulland, editors. Decision-making in conservation and natural resource management: models for interdisciplinary approaches. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. June 2017
Funk WC, BR Forester, SJ Converse, C Darst, and S Morey. 2019. Improving conservation policy with genomics: a guide to integrating adaptive potential into U.S. Endangered Species Act decisions for conservation practitioners and geneticists. Conservation Genetics 20:115-134. August 2018
French Jr JB, SJ Converse, and JE Austin, editors. 2019. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, London, UK. September 2018
French JB Jr, SJ Converse, and JE Austin. 2019. Whooping cranes past and present. Pages 3-16 in French Jr JB, SJ Converse, and JE Austin, editors. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, London, UK. September 2018
Edwards HA, SJ Converse, KD Swan, and A Moehrenschlager. 2022. Trading off hatching success and cost in the captive breeding of Whooping Cranes. Animal Conservation 25:101-109. July 2021
Doll CF, SJ Converse, and CB Schultz. 2022. Non-target effects of herbicides on the Zerene silverspot butterfly, a surrogate for the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Journal of Insect Conservation 26:1-15. January 2022
Doll CF, SJ Converse, CB Edwards, and CB Schultz. 2022. Using structured decision making to guide habitat restoration for butterflies. Journal of Insect Conservation 26:219-230. March 2022
Cummings JW, SJ Converse, DR Smith, S Morey, and MC Runge. 2018. Implicit decision framing as an unrecognized source of confusion in endangered species classification. Conservation Biology 32:1246-1254. December 2018
Cummings JW, SJ Converse, CT Moore, DR Smith, CT Nichols, NL Allan, and CM O'Meilia. 2017. A projection of lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations range-wide. USGS Open File Report 2017-1071. https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171071 | Download August 2017
Converse, S. J., S. Servanty, C. T. Moore, and M. C. Runge. 2019. Population dynamics of reintroduced Whooping Cranes. Pages 139-160 in French, Jr, J. B., S. J. Converse, and J. E. Austin, editors. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Academic Press, London, UK. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803555-9.00007-4 January 2019
Converse, S. J., C. T. Moore, and D. P. Armstrong. 2013. Demographics of reintroduced populations: estimation, modeling, and decision analysis. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1081-1093. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.590 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website July 2013
Converse, S. J., C. T. Moore, M. J. Folk, and M. C. Runge. 2013. A matter of tradeoffs: reintroduction as a multiple objective decision. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1145-1156. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.472 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website August 2013
Converse SJ. 2020. Prioritizing uncertainties to improve management of a reintroduction program. Pages 214-224 in Runge MC, SJ Converse, JE Lyons, and DR Smith. Structured decision making: case studies in natural resource management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA. May 2020
Converse SJ. 2020. Introduction to multi-criteria decision analysis. Pages 51-61 in Runge MC, SJ Converse, JE Lyons, and DR Smith. Structured decision making: case studies in natural resource management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA. May 2020
Converse SJ, French JB Jr, and JE Austin. 2019. Future of Whooping Crane conservation and science. Pages 505-516 in French Jr JB, SJ Converse, and JE Austin, editors. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Con¬servation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, London, UK. September 2018
Converse SJ, BN Strobel, and JA Barzen. 2019. Reproductive failure in the eastern migratory population: the interaction of research and management. Pages 161-178 in French Jr JB, SJ Converse, and JE Austin, editors. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, London, UK. September 2018
Converse SJ, B Gardner, and S Morey. 2020. Reserve design for prairie-dependent taxa in South Puget Sound. Pages 124-134 in Runge MC, SJ Converse, JE Lyons, and DR Smith. Structured decision making: case studies in natural resource management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA. May 2020
Converse SJ and HA Sipe. 2021. Finding the win-win strategies in endangered species conservation. Animal Conservation 24:161-162. April 2021
Converse SJ and EHC Grant. 2019. A three-pipe problem: dealing with complexity to halt amphibian declines. Biological Conservation 236:107-114. August 2019
Clement MJ, SJ Converse, and JA Royle. 2017. Accounting for imperfect detection of groups and individuals when estimating abundance. Ecology and Evolution 7:7304–7310. August 2017
Barzen JA, SJ Converse, PH Adler, A Lacy, E Gray, and A Gossens. 2018. Examination of multiple working hypotheses to address reproductive failure in reintroduced Whooping Cranes. The Condor 120:632-649. August 2018
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, NJ Hostetter, SR Siers, BT McClintock, and SJ Converse. 2021. Validation of camera trap-based abundance estimators for unmarked populations. Ecological Applications 31: e02410. | Abstract July 2021
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, B Lardner, AJ Knox, SJ Converse. Submitted. 2021. Tools for increasing visual encounter probabilities for invasive species removal: a case study of brown treesnakes. Neobiota 70: 107-122. | Abstract December 2021
Adler PH, J Barzen, E Gray, A Lacy, RP Urbanek, and SJ Converse. 2019. The dilemma of pest suppression in the conservation of endangered species. Conservation Biology 33:788-796. August 2019
Abrahms B, CS Teitelbaum, T Mueller, and SJ Converse. 2022. Ontogenetic shifts from social to experiential learning drive avian migration timing. Nature Communications 12:7326. December 2021
Project Completion Date
Monitoring Tufted Puffins in the United States May 2023
Improving our tools for combating invasive species September 2024
Assessing the precision of estimates of population vital rates for polar bears in Alaska May 2021
Population modeling to support conservation of Cook Inlet beluga whales June 2021
Seabird ecology at Tetiaroa, French Polynesia December 2025
Constructing a modeling tool for wolf status review in Washington August 2021
Assessing the fish community in the Chehalis River with occupancy models June 2021
Long-term seabird monitoring data analysis to update Channel Islands National Park seabird inventory and monitoring program and Inform management and conservation June 2024
Early detection and rapid response: choosing monitoring targets to promote management effectiveness September 2021
Evaluating sea duck detectability in the Puget Sound winter ambient monitoring program May 2023
Integrated population model for black bears in Maine May 2021
Summarizing current knowledge of the factors influencing juvenile salmonid susceptibility to avian predation in the Columbia River Basin June 2020
Integrating data sources to characterize demographic responses of Columbia River salmon and steelhead to threats and management actions May 2023
Evaluating and mitigating the effects of brown treesnakes on Guam's birds January 2023
Integrated abundance and movement models for marine mammals March 2021
Restoration tools for Oregon silverspot butterfly September 2020
Understanding common loon distribution and abundance in Washington December 2019
Landscape Level Population Modeling as a Decision Support Tool for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken September 2017
Bratt, Abby
Master's
aebratt@uw.edu

DuVall, Amelia
Master's
ajduvall@uw.edu

Farr, Matthew
Post Doc
farrm@uw.edu

Kwarta Thompson, Brielle
Master's
bkwarta@uw.edu

Pendleton, Liam
Master's
pendle@uw.edu

Petracca , Lisanne
Post Doc
lpetrac@uw.edu

Redon, Nathan
Master's
nredon@uw.edu

Sipe, Hannah
PhD
sipeh@uw.edu

Sorel, Mark
PhD
marks6@uw.edu

Warlick, Amanda
PhD
awarlick@uw.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
Yackel-Adams AA, SJ Converse, WA Link, B Lardner, and RN Reed. 2017. Improving early detection and rapid response for cryptic species: current analytical tools and future directions. Natural Areas Conference, Fort Collins CO, 10-12 October. October 2017
Yackel Adams AA, S Amburgey, SM Goetz, SR Siers, M Nafus, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2020. Optimizing brown treesnake monitoring strategies. Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group, Online. 9 Nov - 19 Nov. November 2020
Warlick, AJ, Pendleton, L, Robinson, LH, Pearson, SF, Converse, SJ. The effects of individual characteristics and ocean conditions on the reproductive phenology and demography of pigeon guillemots (Cepphus columba) on Protection Island, WA. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Virtual April 2022. April 2022
Warlick, AJ, Himes Boor, G, McGuire T, Shelden, KEW, Jacobson, E, Boyd, C, Wade, P, Punt, AE, Converse, SJ. An integrated model to examine population viability and factors limiting the recovery of endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Virtual, January 2022. January 2022
Warlick AJ, Wood F, Hostetter NJ, Converse SJ. A Bayesian state-space nest survival model that incorporates breeding phenology to address unknown age and unknown fate data. International Statistical Ecology Conference. Capetown, South Africa. June 27-July 1, 2022. June 2022
Warlick AJ, SJ Converse, and DS Johnson. 2019. Modeling the effects of ocean conditions on survival in the western stock of Steller sea lions within a Bayesian integrated population model. NOAA Protected Species Assessment Workshop II. La Jolla, California. 11-14 February. February 2019
Warlick AJ, SJ Converse, and DS Johnson. 2019. Evaluating the effects of ocean conditions on survival and natality in Steller sea lions using an integrated population model. American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada. 29 September - 3 October. September 2019
Warlick AJ, NJ Hostetter, and SJ Converse. 2020. Estimating reproductive success using a Bayesian nest survival model with uncertain nest age and nest state for Pigeon Guillemots in Puget Sound, Washington. International Statistical Ecology Conference, Online. 22-26 June. June 2020
Warlick AJ, G Himes Boor, T McGuire, KEW Shelden, C Boyd, P Wade, AE Punt, SJ Converse. 2021 (POSTPONED). Examining hypotheses for limited recovery of Cook Inlet Belugas: integrated population models reduce uncertainty in population viability analyses. Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, December 13-17, 2021. December 2021
Warlick AJ, F Wood, NJ Hostetter, and SJ Converse. 2021. Integrated population modeling of an unmarked population to examine environmental drivers of demography for an indicator species. EURING 2021 Analytical Meeting & Workshop, Virtual. May 2021
Warlick AJ, DS Johnson, and SJ Converse. 2019. Estimating abundance and the effects of ocean conditions on survival and natality in Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) using an integrated population model. World Marine Mammal Science Conference. Barcelona, Spain. 9-12 December. December 2019
Warlick AJ, C Boyd, T McGuire, KEW Shelden, E Jacobson, AE Punt, and SJ Converse. 2020. Examining hypotheses for limited recovery of Cook Inlet beluga whales: integrated population models reduce uncertainty in population viability analyses. Alaska Marine Science Symposium. Anchorage, Alaska. 27-31 January. January 2020
Todd Zaragoza M, AJ DuVall, J Howard, D Mazurkiewicz, SJ Converse. 2022.<sup> </sup>Egg order and oceanographic factors drive egg size differences in Scripps’s Murrelets (Synthliboramphus scrippsi). Pacific Seabird Group Conference, Online. 23-25 February. February 2022
Thurner S, C Boyd, SJ Converse, E Jacobson, AE Punt, and K Shelden. 2020. Evaluating aerial survey methods for estimating abundance and distribution of Cook Inlet belugas. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska. 27-31 January. January 2020
Thompson, B.K., Olden, J.D., Converse, S.J. 2022. Building a framework for adaptive management of an invasive species. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Online. 14 May - 20 May. May 2022
Thompson BK, Olden JD, Converse SJ. 2022. Towards building a framework for adaptive management of an invasive species. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Spokane, Washington. 6-10 November. November 2022
Thompson BK, Olden JD, Converse SJ. 2022. Developing monitoring targets to better inform management of invasive rusty crayfish. International Statistical Ecology Conference, Online. 27 June - 1 July. May 2022
Sorel, M.H., A.R. Murdoch, R.W. Zabel, J.C. Jorgensen, C.M. Kamphaus, and S.J. Converse. 2022. An integrated population model to inform salmon management in the Columbia River Basin. Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Spokane, Washington. August 21-25. August 2022
Sorel MH, RW Zabel, DS Johnson, AM Wargo Rub and SJ Converse. 2021. Association between pinniped abundance and survival for individual populations of adult spring/summer Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. American Fisheries Society Washington-British Colombia Chapter Annual Meeting, online. 1-3 March. March 2021
Sorel MH, RW Zabel, DS Johnson, AM Wargo Rub and SJ Converse. 2021. Association between pinniped abundance and survival for individual populations of adult spring/summer Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter Annual Meeting, online. 1-5 March. March 2021
Sorel MH, AR Murdoch, RW Zabel, CM Kamphaus, JC Jorgensen and SJ Converse. 2021. Asynchrony, tradeoffs, and climate drivers of lifetime demographic rates for alternative juvenile life history pathways. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. 6-10 November. November 2021
Sorel MH, AR Murdoch, ER Buhle, RW Zabel, and SJ Converse. 2019. Habitat and climate factors affecting juvenile spring Chinook salmon recruitment and life-history expression in an endangered population. American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada. 29 September - 3 October. September 2019
Sipe, H.A., Paxton, E.H., Yackel Adams, A. A., and Converse, S.J. 2022. The role of expert judgement in avian reintroduction planning on the island of Guam. The Wildlife Society Conference. 6-10 November. November 2022
Sipe HA, G Blatz, SM Desimone, IN Keren, SF Pearson, and SJ Converse. 2019. Combining citizen science and agency survey data to model Common Loon distribution and habitat associations. American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada. 29 September - 3 October. September 2019
Sipe HA, EH Paxton, AA Yackel Adams, MA Hall, ND Holmes, M Kastner, S Mullin, WC Pitt, R Reed, HS Rogers, TM Summers, and SJ Converse. 2021. Paradise sought: the collaborative path to restoring Guam’s vertebrates. Marianas Terrestrial Conservation Conference, Online. 9 June - 17 June. June 2021
Sipe HA, EH Paxton, AA Yackel Adams, MA Hall, ND Holmes, M Kastner, S Mullin, R Reed, HS Rogers, TM Summers, and SJ Converse. 2020. Paradise sought: the collaborative path to restoring Guam’s vertebrates. Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group, Online. 9 Nov - 19 Nov. November 2020
Sipe HA and SJ Converse. 2019. Washington State Common Loons: multi-state occupancy modeling using citizen science and survey data. Washington State Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Grand Mound, Washington. 25 February - 1 March. February 2019
Prakash A*, SM Amburgey*, AA Yackel Adams, SR Siers, and SJ Converse. 2021. Engineering remote PIT tag readers for individual identification of brown treesnakes. The Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group. Virtual. *Co-presenters November 2021
Prakash A*, SM Amburgey*, AA Yackel Adams, SR Siers, and SJ Converse. 2021. Engineering for wildlife: collaborative generation of improved monitoring platforms. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. Virtual. *Co-presenters November 2021
Petracca, LS, Gardner, B, Maletzke, BT, Bassing, SB, Long, RA, Manning, J, Ransom, JI, Shipley, LA, Thornton, DH, and SJ Converse. 2022. A semi-spatial integrated population model to assess population dynamics of a recovering species. International Statistical Ecology Conference, Online. 27 June - 1 July. June 2022
Petracca, L.S, Gardner, B., Maletzke, B.T., and S.J. Converse. 2022. Use of a Novel Spatially Explicit Projection Model to Estimate Current and Future Population Dynamics of Wolves in Washington State, USA. Abstract submitted to The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. November 2022
Petracca LS, B Gardner, BT Maletzke, SB Bassing, RA Long, P MacKay, JA Manning, JI Ransom, LA Shipley, DH Thornton, and SJ Converse. A semi-spatial integrated population model to assess population dynamics of a recolonizing species. 2021. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Virtual, 1-5 November 2021. November 2021
Petracca LS, B Gardner, BT Maletzke, SB Bassing, RA Long, JI Ransom, LA Shipley, DH Thornton, and SJ Converse. May 2021. A semi-spatial integrated population model to assess population dynamics of a recolonizing species. Abstract submitted for oral presentation. EURING Analytical Meeting and Workshop, Québec City, Canada. May 2021
Moore, C. T., S. J. Converse, and M. J. Folk. 2013. Survival and recruitment in a released population of whooping cranes in Florida. The Wildlife Society 20th Annual Conference. 5-10 October 2013, Milwaukee, WI. (not presented due to government shutdown) October 2013
Miller, MA, B Daykin, NJ Hostetter, AA Yackel Adams, SJ Converse, and FJ Mazzotti. 2022 Assessment of Invasive Species Control. Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) Everglades Invasive Species Summit, Davie, Florida; 19 July July 2022
Mendgen P, SJ Converse, AT Pearse, CS Teitelbaum, and T Mueller. 2018. Cultural transmission shapes migratory behaviour of Whooping Crane populations. Biomove Conference, Potsdam, Germany, 26-29 September. September 2018
Lloyd NA, NJ Hostetter, CL Jackson, SJ Converse, and A Moehrenschlager. 2018. Optimizing release strategies: a stepping-stone approach to reintroduction. International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference, Chicago, Illinois. 13-16 November. November 2018
Keating L, L Randall, R Stanton, C McCormack, M Lucid, T Seaborn, SJ Converse, S Canessa, and A Moehrenschlager. 2022. Using decision analysis to assess the feasibility of recovery of northern leopard frogs (<i>Lithobates pipiens</i>) using conservation translocations in northern Idaho. Canadian Herpetological Society Annual Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; September 16-19. September 2022
Kadin M, M Frederiksen, S Niiranen, and SJ Converse. 2018. Merging seabird survival modeling and food web models reveals management trade-offs. Pacific Seabird Group 45th Annual Meeting, La Paz, Mexico. 21-24 February. February 2018
Kadin M, M Frederiksen, S Niiranen, and SJ Converse. 2018. Integration of population and food-web models uncover conflicting management targets: insights from scenario analysis of Baltic Sea common murres. International Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, Canada. 19-26 August. August 2018
Hostetter NJ, SJ Converse, and EV Regehr. 2017. Study design considerations for integrated population models: improving conservation and management of polar bears. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 6-11 August. August 2017
Hostetter NJ, SJ Converse, SM Amburgey, MG Nafus, LT Huse, L Gray, PD Barnhart, SR Siers, D Vice, AA Yackel Adams. 2021. Brown Treesnakes on Cocos: Using a robust design removal model to investigate abundance and optimize future survey efforts. Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group, Online. 8 Nov - 11 Nov. 2021. November 2021
Hostetter NJ, SJ Converse, EV Regehr, JA Royle, and RR Wilson. 2018. Integrating spatial capture-recapture and telemetry data to jointly estimate abundance and movement. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Cleveland, USA. 7-11 October. October 2018
Hostetter NJ, NJ Lunn, ES Richardson, EV Regehr, and SJ Converse. 2019. Integrating age data to improve estimation of polar bear abundance, survival, and recruitment in open-population Jolly-Seber models. American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada. 29 September - 3 October. September 2019
Hostetter NJ, EV Regehr, RR Wilson, NJ Lunn, ES Richardson, JA Royle, and SJ Converse. 2020. Data integration approaches to estimate polar bear abundance, survival, movement, and recruitment. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska. 27-31 January. January 2020
Hostetter NJ, AA Yackel-Adams, SM Amburgey, WA Link, and SJ Converse. 2020. Optimizing eradication strategies for an incipient population of brown treesnakes on Cocos Island. Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group, Online. 9 Nov - 19 Nov. November 2020
Himes Boor GK, TL McGuire, AJ Warlick, RL Taylor, SJ Converse, JR McClung, and AD Stephens. 2022. Estimating vital rates for an endangered beluga whale using a novel mark-recapture model that leverages multi-year mother-calf associations and accounts for uncertain calf ages. Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. 1-5 December. August 2022
Gerber BD, SJ Converse, E Muths, HJ Crockett, BA Mosher,and LL Bailey. 2017. Determining optimal management strategies for amphibian populations challenged by disease. Annual Meeting of Utah and Colorado/Wyoming Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, 22-23 February. February 2017
Gardner B., B.T. McClintock, S.J. Converse, N.J. Hostetter. 2021. Integrating animal movement processes into spatial capture-recapture models. International Conference on Advances In Interdisciplinary Statistics And Combinatorics. Greensboro, NC. 8-10 October 2021. October 2021
Gardner B, NJ Hostetter, B Abrahms, R Chandler, P Conn, SJ Converse, R Emmet, D Johnson, and B McClintock. 2020. Moving forward: Integrating animal movement into spatial capture-recapture models. International Statistical Ecology Conference, Online. 22-26 June. June 2020
Funk WC, SJ Converse, C Darst, BR Forrester, and SR Morey. 2017. Incorporating information on adaptive potential into conservation policy: integrating genomics into Endangered Species Act decisions. Symposium on Conservation of Adaptive Potential and Functional Diversity, Durham, UK. 14-15 September. September 2017
Farr, M.T., Spragens, K.A., Evenson, J.R., Murphie, B.L., Hamer, M.D., and Converse, S.J. (2022) A spatiotemporal model to estimate annual growth rates and overwintering distribution of sea ducks in the Salish Sea. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Spokane, WA. November 6th, 2022. November 2022
DuVall AJ, J Adams, DM Mazurkiewicz, and SJ Converse. 2022. Effect of oceanographic variability on demography of a planktivorous seabird in a dynamic upwelling system. The Wildlife Society Conference. 6-10 November. November 2022
DuVall AJ, J Adams, DM Mazurkiewicz, and SJ Converse. 2022. Effect of oceanographic variability on demography of Cassin's Auklet in the California Channel Islands. Pacific Seabird Group Conference, Online. 23-25 February. February 2022
DuVall AJ, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2021. Modeling changes in seabird distribution and abundance following rat eradication at Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia. World Seabird Conference, Online. 4-8 October. October 2021
DuVall AJ, B Gardner, SB Bassing, PD Boersma, V Marcy, and SJ Converse. 2020. Modeling changes in seabird distribution and abundance following rat eradication at Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group, Portland, Oregon. 12-15 February. February 2020
Doll CF, SJ Converse, and CB Schultz. 2019. Evaluating non-target effects of herbicides on Zerene fritillary (Speyeria zerene zerene), a surrogate for Oregon silverspot (Speyeria zerene hippolyta). Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, St Louis, Missouri. 17-20 November. November 2019
Cummings JW, SJ Converse, DR Smith, S Morey, and MC Runge. 2017. We have been talking past each other: an analysis of decision framings for endangered species classification. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 23-27 September. September 2017
Converse SJ. 2022. Thinking like a decision analyst: how to make your science most useful to managers of conservation translocations. The Wildlife Society Conference, Spokane, Washington, USA. 6-10 November. November 2022
Converse SJ. 2018. Reintroductions and uncertainty: avoiding paralysis. 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference. Chicago, Illinois, 14-16 November, 2018. November 2018
Converse SJ, NJ Hostetter, WA Link, SM Amburgey, and AA Yackel Adams. 2020. Decision analysis for early detection and rapid response: modeling to advance identification of optimal management. World Congress of Herpetology, Dunedin, New Zealand. 5-10 January. January 2020
Converse SJ, NJ Hostetter, SM Amburgey, AE Bratt, AJ DuVall, BK Thompson, LS Petracca, HA Sipe, MH Sorel, AJ Warlick, and M Kadin. 2022. Synchrony in seabird survival: drivers at multiple spatial scales. Pacific Seabird Group Conference, Online. 23-25 February. February 2022
Converse SJ, CS Teitelbaum, P Mendgen, AT Pearse, B Abrahms, and T Mueller. 2018. Culture shapes movements in a reintroduced migratory bird. Reintroducing Migratory Birds - Symposium. Chicago, Illinois. 17 November. November 2018
Converse SJ and WC Funk. 2019. Focusing on values: decision analysis as a conceptual framework for integration of genetic and demographic considerations in conservation translocations. American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada. 29 September - 3 October. September 2019
Converse SJ and M Schaub. 2017. Making it count: advancing Integrated Population Modeling for decision-making. EURING Analytical Meeting and Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, 2-7 July. July 2017
Clement MJ, SJ Converse, and JA Royle. 2018. Accounting for imperfect detection of groups and individuals when estimating abundance. Annual Meeting of the Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Flagstaff AZ, 1-3 February. February 2018
Clement MJ, SJ Converse, and JA Royle. 2017. Accounting for imperfect detection of groups and individuals when estimating abundance. Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau and Southwest Region, Flagstaff Arizona. 11-14 September. September 2017
Bratt AE, Oppel S, Converse SJ, Yates O, Horswill C, Bond AL, Cuthbert R, Cooper J, Ryan PG. 2022. Quantifying the effect of bycatch mitigation efforts on the population dynamics of a long-lived seabird. International Statistical Ecology Conference, Online. 27 June - 1 July. June 2022
Bratt AE, NJ Hostetter, and SJ Converse. 2021. Estimating survival while accounting for partial mark loss in capture-mark-resight surveys. EURING 2021 Analytical Meeting & Workshop, Quebec City, PQ, Canada, 31 May - 11 June 2021. May 2021
Bratt AE, GL Slater, SF Pearson, HA Sipe, SJ Converse. 2022. Estimating the effects of climate on the population dynamics of an early successional songbird with integrated population models. The Wildlife Society Conference. 6 - 10 Nov. November 2022
Bratt AE, C Cappello, AJ DuVall, HA Sipe, AJ Warlick, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2022. Figuring out what counts: evaluating the effect of data quantity and quality on the performance of integrated population models . International Statistical and Ecology Conference, Online. 27 June - 1 July. June 2022
Bratt AE, C Cappello, AJ DuVall, HA Sipe, AJ Warlick, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2021. The effects of data availability on integrated population model performance. EURING Analytical Meeting and Workshop, Online. 31 May - 11 June. May 2021
Boyd C, G Himes Boor, SJ Converse, E Jacobson, T McGuire, M Migura, AE Punt, L Quakenbush, and P Wade. 2018. Research strategy analysis for Cook Inlet beluga whales. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, 22-26 January 2018. January 2018
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel-Adams, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2020. Camera traps for early detection and rapid response and management of an invasive reptile. World Congress of Herpetology, Dunedin, New Zealand. 5-10 January. January 2020
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, SR Siers, B Gardner, SJ Converse. 2022. Optimizing monitoring of invasive brown treesnakes. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Spokane, WA, USA. July 2022
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, SR Siers, B Gardner, SJ Converse. 2022. Optimization of effective invasive species monitoring decisions. The Wildlife Society. Spokane, WA, USA. November 2022
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2019. Assessing the use of camera trapping for estimation of abundance of invasive brown treesnakes on Guam. Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group Meeting, Garapan, Saipan. 20-21 November. November 2019
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, and SJ Converse. 2019. Assessing spatial capture-recapture models for unmarked individuals when estimating density of invasive brown treesnakes on Guam. American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada. 29 September - 3 October. September 2019
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, NJ Hostetter, BT McClintock, S Siers, and SJ Converse. 2020. The challenges of using camera trapping for abundance estimation of invasive herpetofauna. Brown Treesnake Technical Working Group, Online. 9 Nov - 19 Nov. November 2020
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, N Hostetter, BT McClintock, S Siers, and SJ Converse. 2020. The challenges of using camera trapping for abundance estimation of invasive herpetofauna. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Online. 27 Sept - 1 Oct. September 2020
Amburgey SM, AA Yackel Adams, B Gardner, B Lardner, AJ Knox, and SJ Converse. 2021. An evaluation of tools for increasing brown treesnake detection probabilities to enhance early detection and rapid response. Marianas Terrestrial Conservation Conference. Virtual. June 2021
Abrahms B, C Teitelbaum, T Mueller, and SJ Converse. 2021. Learning enables successful resource tracking in long-distance migration. International Bio-logging Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii; 11-16 October. October 2021
Technical Publications Publication Date
Moore, C. T., S. J. Converse, M. J. Folk, R. Boughton, B. Brooks, J. B. French, T. E. O'Meara, M. Putnam, J. Rodgers, and M. Spalding. 2008. Releases of whooping cranes to the Florida nonmigratory flock: A structured decision making approach. Final Report to the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team. | Download September 2008