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

Florida Staff Member


Dr. Conor P. McGowan

Conor McGowan on a hike with his daughter.

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (334) 844 - 9231
Email: cmcgowan@usgs.gov
Personal website

Education

  • Ph D University of Missouri 2008
  • MS North Carolina State University 2004
  • BS Wake Forest University 2000

Biography

Conor was born and raised in New York. After completing his degrees, he spent two years as a post-doc at Patuext Wildlife Research Center before starting up with the Alabama Unit in July of 2010.

Teaching Interest

Adaptive management, population modeling, endangered species, ornithology

Research Interest

Adaptive management, population modeling, endangered species, ornithology

Research Publications Publication Date
Yorke, E.H., Judy, C.E., Saveraid, T.C, McGowan, C.P., Caldwell, F. C. in press, Distal Border Fragments of the Equine Navicular Bone: Significance in current clinical lameness. 2014-02-28
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, Catalano M, Derose-Wilson A, Robinson R, Zimmerman J, In Review, Foraging ecology mediates response to ecological mismatch during migratory stopover, For Submission to Animal Ecology. 2019-11-30
Smith, D.R., C.P. McGowan, J.P. Daily, J.D. Nichols, J.A. Sweka, and J.E. Lyons 2013 Evaluating a multispecies adaptive management framework: must uncertainty impede effective decision-making? Journal of Applied Ecology, early online August 28, 2013 doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12145 | Publisher Website 2013-12-31
Robinson, OJ, McGowan, CP, Apodaca, JJ, in review, Decision analysis for habitat conservation of an endangered, range limited salamander, for submission to Animal Conservation 2016-12-31
Robinson, OJ, McGowan CP, Devers P. in review, Deciphering density dependent dynamics using multiple system models and Bayesian model weight updating. Submitted to Ecology February 2016. 2017-05-31
Robinson OJ, McGowan CP, Devers PK. (2016) Updating movement estimates for American black ducks (Anas rubripes) PeerJ 4:e1787 2016-02-28
Robinson OJ, McGowan CP, Devers PK, Brook RW, Huang M, Jones M, McAuley DG, Zimmerman G. 2016, A full annual cycle modeling framework for American black ducks, Natural Resource Modeling 29: 159–174. 2016-02-28
Price Tack JL, West B, McGowan CP, Ditchkoff S, Reves SJ, Keever A, Grand JB, in review, A semi-automated system for processing time-lapse camera trap images. submitted to Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 2016-11-30
Price Tack JL, McGowan CP, Ditchkoff SS, Morse W, Robinson OJ, In Review, Managing the endangered North American hunter: a novel framework to address declines in hunters and hunter-generated conservation funds, Submitted to Human Dimensions of Natural Resources 2018-07-31
Mounce, HL, CC Warren, CP McGowan, EHPaxton, JJ Groombridge, In review, Using population viability analysis to model extinction risk and evaluate recovery options for a critically endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper: Maui Parrotbill (Kiwikiu, Pseudonestor xanthophrys). 2018-05-31
Millspaugh, J.J., R. A. Gitzen, S. Amelon, T. W. Bonnot, D. T. Farrand, D. S. Jachowski, B. J. Keller, C. P. McGowan, M. S. Pruett, C. D. Rittenhouse, and K. M. Suedkamp Wells. 2008. Effects of culling on Bison demographics in Midwestern National Parks. Natural Areas Journal 28: 240-250. 2008-12-31
Millard MJ, Sweka JA, McGowan CP, Smith DR, 2015, Assessment and Management of North American Horseshoe Crab Populations, with Emphasis on a Multispecies Framework for Delaware Bay Populations, in Carmichael RH, Botton ML, Shin PKS, Cheung SG (eds.) Changing global perspectives on biology, conservation, and management of horseshoe crabs, Springer 2015. 2015-12-31
McGowan, CP. 2015, Comparing Models of Red Knot population dynamics, The Condor 117 (4), 494-502. 2015-11-30
McGowan, CP, Smith, DR, Nichols, JD, Lyons, JE, Sweka, J, Kalasz, K, Niles, LJ, Wong, R, Brust, J, Davis, M, Spear, B, in review, Implementing a framework for multi-species, multi-objective adaptive management in Delaware Bay. Biological Conservation, 191: 759-769. 2015-11-30
McGowan, CP, JE Lyons, and D.R. Smith, 2015, Developing objectives with multiple stakeholders: adaptive management of horseshoe crabs and Red Knots in the Delaware Bay. Environmental Management, 55 (4), 972-982. | Download 2015-03-31
McGowan, CP, Gardner, B. 2013, Evaluating Methodological Assumptions of Catch-Curve Survival Estimation for Un-Marked Precocial Chicks. Waterbirds 36: 82-87 2013-03-31
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 2017-10-31
McGowan, C.P., M.R. Ryan, M.C. Runge, J.J. Millspaugh, J. Cochrane, 2011. The role of demographic compensation theory in incidental take assessments for endangered species. Biological Conservation 144, 730-737. 2011-02-28
McGowan, C.P., M. C. Runge, M. A. Larson, 2011. Incorporating parametric uncertainty into population viability models. Biological Conservation, 144, 1400-1408. 2011-05-31
McGowan, C.P., J.E. Hines, J.D. Nichols, J.E. Lyons, D.R. Smith, K. Kalasz, L.J. Niles, A. Dey, N.A. Clark, P.W. Atkinson, C.D.T. Minton, W. Kendal. 2011. Demographic consequences of migratory stopover: linking red knot survival to horseshoe crab spawning abundance. Ecosphere 2: art 69. 2011-06-30
McGowan, C.P., D.H. Catlin, T.L. Shaffer, C.L. Gratto Trevor, C. Aron, 2014. Establishing endangered species recovery criteria using predictive simulation modeling. Biological Conservation 177, 220–229 2014-09-30
McGowan, C.P., D.C. Kessler, M.R. Ryan, 2011, Endangered species management: A Synthesis. Lessons in Conservation, Available on line February 2011. | Publisher Website 2011-02-28
McGowan, C.P., 2012. Demography. in: T. Simons, E. Nol, R. Beotcher (eds.) The American Oysterchatcher, in R. Poole The Birds of North America On-Line. 2012-01-31
McGowan, C.P. 2013, A Structured approach to incidental take decision making. Environmental Managment 51:241–250 2013-08-31
McGowan, C. P., and T. R. Simons. 2006. Effects of human disturbance on the incubation behavior of American Oystercatchers. Wilson Bulletin 118: 485-493. 2006-12-31
McGowan, C. P., and T. R. Simons. 2005. A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers. Journal of Field Ornithology 76(1):46-49. 2005-05-31
McGowan, C. P., and M. R. Ryan. 2009, A quantitative framework to evaluate incidental take and endangered species population viability. Biological Conservation, 142: 3128–3136. 2009-12-31
McGowan, C. P., T. R. Simons, W. Golder, and J. Cordes. 2005 A comparison of American Oystercatcher reproductive success on barrier beach and river island habitats in coastal North Carolina. Waterbirds 28(2): 150-155. 2005-07-31
McGowan, C. P., S. A. Schulte, and T. R. Simons. 2005. Resightings of marked American Oystercatchers banded as chicks. Wilson Bulletin 117: 382-385. 2005-06-30
McGowan, C. P., Ryan, M.R. 2010. Arguments for Using Population Models in Incidental Take Assessments for Endangered Species. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 1: 183-188 | Abstract | Publisher Website 2010-11-30
McGowan, C. P., J. J. Millspaugh, M. R. Ryan, K. C. Cruse, and G. A. Pavelka. 2009. Estimating survival of precocial chicks during the pre-fledging period using a catch-curve method and age based count data Journal of Field Ornithology 80: 79-87. 2009-02-28
McGowan, C. P., D. Catlin, G. Jons, G. Pavelka. 2007. Piping Plovers nesting amongst cottonwood saplings. Waterbirds 30: 275 – 277. 2007-12-31
Keever, A.C., C.P. McGowan, S.S. Ditchkoff, P.K. Acker, J.B. Grand, C.H. Newbolt, in review, Efficacy of time-lapse photography and repeated counts estimation for monitoring white-tailed deer populations. 2017-10-31
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. https://doi.org/10.3996/052017-JFWM-041 2018-06-30
Anna M. Tucker, Conor P. McGowan, Robert A. Robinson, Jacquie A. Clark, James E. Lyons, Audrey DeRose-Wilson, Richard du Feu, Graham E. Austin, Philip W. Atkinson, and Nigel A. Clark, in review, Effects of individual misidentification on estimates of survival in long-term capture-recapture studies, for submission to Condor. 2019-03-31
McGowan, C. P., D. R. Smith, J. A. Sweka, J. Martin, J. D. Nichols, R. Wong, J. E. Lyons, L. J. Niles, K. Kalasz, J. Brust, M. Klopfer, B. Spear. 2011. Multi-species modeling for adaptive management of horseshoe crabs and red knots in the Delaware Bay. Natural Resource Modeling 24, 117-156 2011-02-28
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Penaloza, Claudia Post Doc Completed Program 2013-09-27
Erickson, Francesca Master's Active
Ryer, Kevin Master's Completed Program 2016-05-31
Robinson, Orin Post Doc Completed Program 2016-08-15
Price, Jennifer PhD Completed Program 2017-01-01
Farrell, Patrick Master's Completed Program 2015-06-30
Merritt, Emily Master's Completed Program 2015-05-15
Keever, Allison Master's Completed Program 2014-05-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Tucker AM, Mcgowan CP, Lyons JE, Derose Wilson A, Clark N. 2020, Annual variation in use of a spring stopover site by three migratory shorebirds. North American Ornithological Congress, Virtual Meeting, August 2020 2020-08-15
Tucker AM, McGowan CP. 2016. Assessing the influence of migratory connectivity and stopover site disturbance on population dynamics using a full annual cycle simulation model. North American Ornithological Congress, Washington DC, August 2016 2016-08-20
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, et al. Encounter type and frequency determine the effects of individual misidentification on survival estimation. The Wildlife Society Conference, Reno NV, October 2019. 2019-10-03
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, et al. 2019, Estimating population growth rate and latent recruitment at a migratory stopover site using integrated population models. The Wildlife Society Conference, Reno NV, October 2019. 2019-10-03
Tucker AM, Derose Wilson A, McGowan CP. 2017. COMBINING MULTISTATE MODELS AND NETWORK THEORY TO EVALUATE MOVEMENT PATTERNS DURING MIGRATORY STOPOVER, EURING 2017, Barcelona, Spain. 2017-07-08
Tucker A, Mcgowan C, Robinson R, Clark J, Lyons J, Derose-Wilson A, Du Feu R, Austin G, Atkinson P, Clark N, 2018, Bias in survival estimates due to individual misidentification in long-term mark-resight studies. The Wildlife Society Annual meeting, Cleveland, OH, 2018 2018-10-11
Stanton R, Robinson O, McGowan C, Devers P, 2018, Evaluating an American Black Duck Full Annual Cycle Model for Conservation Decision Making, The Wildlife Society Annual meeting, Cleveland, OH, 2018 2018-10-10
Ryer, K., McGowan, C.P.. 2016, Error in Remotely Sensed Land-Cover Data: Is It Important to Know for Occupancy Estimation. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI, July 2016. 2016-07-21
Robinson, O.J., McGowan C.P., Apodaca J.J., 2016, Decision analysis for habitat conservation of an endangered, range limited salamander, North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI, July 2016. 2016-07-21
Robinson OJ, McGowan CP, and Devers PK, 2015, A full annual cycle model for the American Black Duck. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, 2015, Winnipeg, CA 2015-10-18
Price, J., B. West, S. Ditchkoff, C. McGowan, S. Reeves, A. Keever. 2014 Deer Finder: software for identification of Deer in game camera photos. South Eastern Deer Study Group, February 2014. 2014-02-19
Price Tack JL, McGowan CP, Ditchkoff SS, Waits L, 2017, ESTIMATING COYOTE DENSITY USING A MULTI-SITE SPATIAL CAPTURE-RECPATURE ANALYSIS, EURING 2017, Barcelona, Spain 2017-07-08
Price J.L., McGowan C.P., Ditchkoff S.S., 2015.The endangered hunter? Modeling a hunter population. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, 2015, Winnipeg, CA. 2015-10-20
McGowan, CP, Robinson OJ, Devers P. 2016. Decision analysis for habitat management of migratory waterfowl using a full annual cycle model. North American Ornithological Congress. Washington DC, August 2016 2016-08-17
McGowan, CP, Lyons, JE, Smith, DR, Sweka, J, Nichols, JD, 2016, Developing consensus objectives for a multi-species, multi-stakeholder management problem: the case of horseshoe crab harvest in Delaware Bay. Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Raleigh, 2016 2016-10-19
McGowan, CP, D Catlin, T Shaffer, C Gratto-Trevor, C Aron, 2013. A meta-population model for evaluating recovery criteria for Piping Plovers in the Great Plains. 131st meeting of American Ornithologist Union, Chicago, IL, August 2013 2013-08-16
McGowan, CP, 2014, Comparing Models of Red Knot population dynamics. American Ornithologists Union Annual Meeting, Estes Park, September 2014. 2014-09-23
McGowan, C.P., D.H. Catlin, T.L. Shaffer, C.L. Gratto Trevor, C. Aron, 2013.Establishing endangered and threatened species recovery criteria through simulation modeling. Contributed paper for the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, October, 2013, Milwakee, WI, USA 2013-10-06
McGowan, C.P., 2013. Demographic consequences of migration stopover: linking knot populations to horseshoe crab harvest management in Delaware Bay. British Ornithologists Union Annual Conference, Leceister, UK, March 2013 2013-03-26
McGowan CP, and Lyons JE, 2015, What is structured decision making? Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group 2015 meeting, Wallops Island, VA, USA. 2015-09-14
McGowan CP, Robinson OJ, Apodaca JJ, 2015, Decision analysis for habitat conservation of a highly endangered range limited salamander. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, 2015, Winnipeg, CA. 2015-10-22
McGowan CP, Mounce HL, Warren C, Paxton E, Groombribge JJ, 2018, Evaluating extinction probabilities and recovery strategies for Maui Parrot Bill, American Ornithological Society, Tucson AZ, April 2018 2018-04-14
McGowan CP, Catlin D, Shaffer T, Gratto Trevor S, Aron C, 2015, Establishing recovery criteria for a threatened population of shorebirds, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group 2015 Meeting, Wallops Island, VA, USA 2015-09-14
McGowan CP, Angeli N, Weist W. et al. 2019, Eastern Black Rail Dynamic Occupancy and Patch Persistence Modeling to Predict Future Redundancy and Resiliency.The Wildlife Society Conference, Reno NV, October 2019. 2019-09-30
McGowan CP et al. 2020 Eastern Black Rail Dynamic Species Status Assessment using Occupancy and Patch Persistence Modeling. North American Ornithological Congress, Virtual Meeting, August 2020. 2020-08-13
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 2018-10-11
Lyons JE, Nichols JD, McGowan CP, Smith DR, Sweka JA, Kalasz KS, Clark NA, Dey D, Niles LJ, 2014. Stopover popuation size, migration ecology and adaptive management of red knots at Delaware Bay, USA. American Ornithologist Union Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO, USA, September 2014 2014-09-23
Keever, A., Ditchkoff, S. McGowan, C.P., Grand, J.B., 2014. Estimating the effects of coyote removal and wild pigs on white-tailed deer abundance. South Eastern Deer Study Group, Athens, GA, February 2014. 2014-02-19
Keever, A., C.P. McGowan, S. Ditchkoff, P. Acker, J. B. Grand, C. Newbolt. 2013 Effect of reducing camera survey efforts on the accuracy of density estimates. South Eastern Deer Study Group, South Carolina, February 2013 2013-02-26
Folt B, Steen DA, Guyer C, McGowan CP, 2019, MODELING STRATEGIES AND EVALUATING SUCCESSES DURING REPATRIATIONS OF AN ELUSIVE AND ENDANGERED SNAKE, DRYMARCHON COUPERI. Southeast Partners in Amphibian Research and Conservation, February 2019, North Carolina 2019-02-17
Folt B, McGowan CP, Steen DA, Piccolomini S, Hoffman M, Godwin JC, Guyer C. Modeling strategies and evaluating success during repatriations of elusive and endangered species. The Wildlife Society Conference, Reno NV, October 2019. 2019-10-03
Farrell, P., Grand, J.B., McGowan, C.P., E. Lonsdorf, Relationship of Grassland Bird Occupancy to Local and Landscape Scale Habitat Features in the East Gulf Coastal Plain, The wildlife Society, 2014 2014-10-30
Farrell, P., Grand, J.B., McGowan, C.P., E. Lonsdorf, Effects of Habitat Configuration and Composition on Grassland Bird Occupancy in the Upper East Gulf Coastal Plain, SEAFWA, 2014 2014-10-20
Farrell, P, Grand, J.B., McGowan, C.P. 2014. Habitat Associations of Grassland Birds in the East Gulf Coastal Plain Region. South Eastern Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium, Starkville, MS. March 2014 2014-03-10
Farrell P, McGowan CP, Grand JB, Lonsdorf EV, Thogmartin WE. 2015. Utility of the North American Breeding Bird Survey to predict habitat relationships of grassland birds using prior knowledge from a small scale study. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, 2015, Winnipeg, CA. 2015-10-21
Erickson F, Mcgowan CP, Godwin JC, Guyer CR, Young DV, 2020. Monitoring Strategies for Repatriated Eastern Indigo Snakes in Southern Alabama. South Eastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Meeting, Culman, AL, March 2020 2020-03-02
E. Merritt, C.P. McGowan, D.R. Smith, M. Catalano, Evaluating the Efficacy of the Mark-Recapture Approach for Estimating Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Abundance, The Wildlife Society, 2014 2014-10-22
E. Merritt, C.P. McGowan, D.R. Smith, M. Catalano, Estimating Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Abundance Using Mark-Recapture, SEAFWA, 2014 2014-10-20
Aucker AM, Derose-Wilson A, Catalano M, McGowan CP, 2018, Comparing annual variation in stopover mass gain between two long-distance migrants, American Ornithological Society Annual conference, Tucson AZ, USA 2018-04-14
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. 2018-07-25
Technical Publications Publication Date
Simons, T.R., C. McGowan, J. Cordes, M. Lyons, and W. Golder. 2003. American Oystercatcher (Haematopus paliatus) research and monitoring in North Carolina. Annual report to the National Park Service and the US. Fish and Wildlife Service, 27 pp. 2005-01-31