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 surveying for shorebirds in "The Wash", UK.

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (334) 844 - 9231
Email: cmcgowan@usgs.gov
Alt. Email: conor.mcgowan@ufl.edu
Personal website

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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. February 2014
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, Mulero E, Angeli N, Zegarra JP. 2020. A demographic projection model to support conservation decision making for an endangered snake with limited monitoring data. Animal Conservation 24 (2): 291-301. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12641 October 2020
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, Lyons JE, Derose-Wilson A, Clark NA. 2021. Species-specific demographic and behavioral responses to food availability during migratory stopover. Population Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1002/1438-390X.12094 July 2021
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, Catalano M, Derose-Wilson A, Robinson R, Zimmerman J. 2019. Foraging ecology mediates response to ecological mismatch during migratory stopover. Ecosphere 10 (10): e02898. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2898 November 2019
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 December 2013
Smith, D., Newhard, J., McGowan, C. and Butler, A., 2020. The Long-Term Effect of Bleeding for Limulus Amebocyte Lysate on Annual Survival and Recapture of Tagged Horseshoe Crabs. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, p.1133. December 2020
Robinson, OJ, McGowan, CP, Apodaca, JJ, in review, Decision analysis for habitat conservation of an endangered, range limited salamander, for submission to Animal Conservation December 2016
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. May 2017
Robinson OJ, McGowan CP, Devers PK. (2016) Updating movement estimates for American black ducks (Anas rubripes) PeerJ 4:e1787 February 2016
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. February 2016
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. November 2016
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 July 2018
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). May 2018
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. December 2008
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. December 2015
McGowan, CP. 2015, Comparing Models of Red Knot population dynamics, The Condor 117 (4), 494-502. November 2015
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. November 2015
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 March 2015
McGowan, CP, Gardner, B. 2013, Evaluating Methodological Assumptions of Catch-Curve Survival Estimation for Un-Marked Precocial Chicks. Waterbirds 36: 82-87 March 2013
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 October 2017
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. February 2011
McGowan, C.P., M. C. Runge, M. A. Larson, 2011. Incorporating parametric uncertainty into population viability models. Biological Conservation, 144, 1400-1408. May 2011
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. June 2011
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 September 2014
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 February 2011
McGowan, C.P., Angeli, N.F., Beisler, W.A., Snyder, C., Rankin, N.M., Woodrow, J.O., Wilson, J.K., Rivenbark, E., Schwarzer, A., Hand, C.E. and Anthony, R., 2020. Linking monitoring and data analysis to predictions and decisions for the range-wide eastern black rail status assessment. Endangered Species Research, 43, pp.209-222. October 2020
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. January 2012
McGowan, C.P. 2013, A Structured approach to incidental take decision making. Environmental Managment 51:241–250 August 2013
McGowan, C. P., and T. R. Simons. 2006. Effects of human disturbance on the incubation behavior of American Oystercatchers. Wilson Bulletin 118: 485-493. December 2006
McGowan, C. P., and T. R. Simons. 2005. A method for trapping breeding adult American Oystercatchers. Journal of Field Ornithology 76(1):46-49. May 2005
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. December 2009
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. July 2005
McGowan, C. P., S. A. Schulte, and T. R. Simons. 2005. Resightings of marked American Oystercatchers banded as chicks. Wilson Bulletin 117: 382-385. June 2005
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 November 2010
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. February 2009
McGowan, C. P., D. Catlin, G. Jons, G. Pavelka. 2007. Piping Plovers nesting amongst cottonwood saplings. Waterbirds 30: 275 – 277. December 2007
McGowan CP, Lyons JE, and Smith DR. 2020 Adaptive management of horseshoe crab harvest in Delaware Bay: decision implementation and the double-loop process, in Runge MC, Converse SJ, Lyons JE, Smith DR. (eds) Case Studies in Decision Analysis for Natural Resources Management, Johns Hopkins University Press. April 2020
Lawson AJ, Folt B, Tucker AM, Erickson FT, McGowan CP. 2021. Decision context is a necessary component of population viability analysis appraisal. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13818 | Publisher Website August 2021
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. October 2017
Folt B., McGowan CP, Steen DA, Hoffman M, Godwin J, Guyer C, 2020, Modeling strategies and evaluating success during repatriations of an elusive and endangered species, Animal Conservation 23: 273-285. January 2020
Folt B, Gessling J, Tucker A, Guyer C, S Hermann, Shelton-Nix E, and McGowan C, In review, Contrasting Patterns of Demography and Population Viability among Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Populations at the Species’ Northern Range Edge, for submission to Journal of Wildlife Management. June 2021
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 June 2018
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. March 2019
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 February 2011
Erickson, Francesca
Master's
fte0001@auburn.edu

Goode, Ashley
Post Doc
ashleybc@ufl.edu

Gregory, Kaili
Master's
kaili.gregory@ufl.edu

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 August 2020
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 August 2016
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. October 2019
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. October 2019
Tucker AM, McGowan CP, Mulero E, Angeli NF, Zegarra JP, 2020, A demographic projection model to support conservation decision making for an endangered snake with limited monitoring data. The Wildlife Society annual meeting. Virtual Conference, October 2020. October 2020
Tucker 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 April 2018
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. July 2017
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 October 2018
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 October 2018
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. July 2016
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. July 2016
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 October 2015
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. February 2014
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 July 2017
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. October 2015
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 August 2016
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 October 2016
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 August 2013
McGowan, CP, 2014, Comparing Models of Red Knot population dynamics. American Ornithologists Union Annual Meeting, Estes Park, September 2014. September 2014
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 October 2013
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 March 2013
McGowan CP, and Lyons JE, 2015, What is structured decision making? Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group 2015 meeting, Wallops Island, VA, USA. September 2015
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. October 2015
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 April 2018
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 September 2015
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. September 2019
McGowan CP, Ageli N, Beisler W, Rivenbark E, 2021, Data analysis and modeling for endangered species listing decisions, EURING, virtual conference May 2021. May 2021
McGowan CP, 2021, Occupancy and detection probability for resident tropical birds in Nicaragua, Poster Presentation, American Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting August 2021. August 2021
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. August 2020
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 October 2018
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 September 2014
Lawson AJ, DeMay SM, Rivenbark E, Soileau K, London K, Waddle JH, Yarborough L, Coppola C, and McGowan, CP, 2020, Accounting for Multiple Uncertainties to Evaluate Population Viability of the Alligator Snapping Turtle for the Species Status Assessment. The Wildlife Society annual meeting. Virtual Conference, October 2020.<br><br><br> October 2020
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. February 2014
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 February 2013
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 February 2019
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. October 2019
Folt B, Goessling JM, Tucker AM, Guyer C, Hermann SM, Shelton-Nix E, McGowan CP, 2020, Contrasting Patterns Of Demography And Population Viability Among Gopher Tortoise Populations At The Species' Northern Range Edge, The Wildlife Society annual meeting. Virtual Conference, October 2020. October 2020
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 October 2014
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 October 2014
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 March 2014
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. October 2015
Erickson F, Mcgowan CP, Godwin JC, Guyer CR, Young DV, 2020. Monitoring Strategies for Repatriated Eastern Indigo Snakes in Southern Alabama. The Wildlife Society annual meeting. Virtual Conference, October 2020. October 2020
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 March 2020
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 October 2014
E. Merritt, C.P. McGowan, D.R. Smith, M. Catalano, Estimating Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Abundance Using Mark-Recapture, SEAFWA, 2014 October 2014
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. July 2018
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. January 2005