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

Massachusetts Staff Member


Dr. Paul Sievert

Paul Sievert

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (413) 545 - 4888
Email: psievert@eco.umass.edu

Education

  • Ph D University of Pennsylvania 1996
  • MS University of Wisconsin 1983
  • BS Iowa State University 1981

Biography

I received my B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University in 1981, my M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin in 1984, and my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. I have been the Assistant Unit Leader for Wildlife at the Massachusetts Unit since 2000.

Research Publications Publication Date
Suryan, R. M., Sato, F., Balogh, G., Hyrenbach, K. D., Sievert, P. R., and Ozaki, K. 2006. Foraging destinations and marine habitat use of short-tailed albatrosses: A multi-scale approach using first-passage time analysis. Deep Sea Research II 53(3-4):370-386. 2006-06-30
Suryan, R. M., D. J. Anderson, S. A. Shaffer, D. D. Roby, Y. Tremblay, D. P. Costa, P. R. Sievert, F. Sato, and K. Ozaki. 2007. Wind, waves, and wing loading: their relative importance to the at-sea distribution and movements of North and Central Pacific albatrosses. PLoS ONE 3(12):e401 2008-01-31
Katz, R., E. Grant, M. Runge, B. Connery, M. Crockett, E. Herland, S. Johnson, D. Kirk, J. Wofford, R. Bennett, K. Nislow, M. Norris, D. Hocking, B. Letcher, A. Roy. 2014. Making decisions in complex landscapes: Headwater stream management across multiple federal agencies. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, Structured Decision Making Workshop Report. | Download | Publisher Website 2014-11-30
Kanda, L. L., T. K. Fuller, P. R. Sievert, and R. L. Kellogg. 2009. Seasonal source-sink dynamics at the edge of a species range. Ecology 90(6):1574-1585. 2009-07-31
Kanda, L. L., Fuller, T. K., and Sievert, P. R. 2006. Local distribution and landscape associations of road-killed Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana) in central Massachusetts. American Midland Naturalist 156:128-134. 2006-08-31
Kanda, L. L., Fuller, T. K., and Sievert, P. R. 2006. Landscape associations of road-killed Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana) in central Massachusetts. American Midland Naturalist 156:128-134. 2006-07-31
Kanda, L. L., Fuller, T. K., Sievert, P. R., and Friedland, K. D. 2005. Variation in winter microclimate and its potential influence on Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) survival in Amherst, Massachusetts. Urban Ecosystems 8: 213-223. 2005-09-30
Haggerty, S. A., and Sievert, P. R. 2005. Managing firebreak fuels to promote habitat of an imperiled moth. Ecological Restoration 23(1): 67-68. 2005-03-31
Grgurovic, M., and Sievert, P. R. 2005. Movement patterns of Blanding's turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) in the suburban landscape of eastern Massachusetts. Urban Ecosystems 8: 201-211. 2005-09-30
Fuller, T. K., and P. R. Sievert. 2001. Carnivore demography and the consequences of changes in prey availability. Pages 163-178 in J. L. Gittleman, S. M. Funk, D. W. Macdonald, and R. K. Wayne, editors. Carnivore conservation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom. 2001-02-28
Finkelstein, M., V. J. Bakker, D. F. Doak, B. Sullivan, W. H. Satterthwaite, R. L. Lewison, P. B. McIntyre, S. Wolf, D. Priddel, J. M. Arnold, R. W. Henry, P. R. Sievert, and J. P. Croxall. 2008. Evaluating the potential effectiveness of compensatory mitigation strategies for marine bycatch. PLoS ONE 3(6): e2480. 2008-06-30
Finkelstein, M., Keitt, B. S., Tershy, B., Jarman, W. M., Rodriguez-Pastor, S., Anderson, D. J., Sievert, P. R., Croll, D. A., and Smith, D. R. 2005. Albatross species demonstrate regional differences in North Pacific marine contamination. Ecological Applications 16(2):678-686. 2006-04-30
Field, R., R. J. Warren, H. Okarma, and P. R. Sievert, editors. 2001. Wildlife, land, and people: priorities for the 21st century. Proceedings of the Second International Wildlife Management Congress. The Wildlife Society, Betheseda, Maryland, USA. 2001-12-31
Fernandez, P., D. J. Anderson, P. R. Sievert, and K. P. Huyvaert. 2001. Foraging destinations of three low-latitude albatross (Phoebastria) species. Journal of Zoology, London 254:391-404. 2001-06-30
Arata, J.A., P.R. Sievert, and M.B. Naughton. 2009. Status assessment of Laysan and black-footed albatrosses, North Pacific Ocean, 1923-2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations report 2009 - 5131, 80 p. 2009-06-30
Albanese, G., P. D. Vickery, and P. R. Sievert. 2007. Habitat characteristics of adult frosted elfins (Callophrys irus) in sandplain communities of southeastern Massachusetts, USA. Biological Conservation. 136(1):53-64. 2007-01-31
Albanese, G., M. W. Nelson, P. D. Vickery, and P. R. Sievert. 2007. Larval feeding behavior and ant association in frosted elfin, Callophrys irus, (Lycaenidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists? Society 61(2):61-66. 2007-06-30
Albanese, G. , P. D. Vickery, and P. R. Sievert. 2008. Microhabitat use by larvae and females of a rare barrens butterfly, frosted elfin (Callophrys irus). Journal of Insect Conservation 12(6): 603-615. (Publication date: Dec 2008) 2008-12-31
Project Completion Date
Conserving Snake Species of Greatest Conservation Need Threatened by an Emerging Fungal Skin Disease 2015-12-31
Assessing Habitat Occupancy of Tiger Prey in the Hukaung Valley of Northern Myanmar 2014-05-31
Inventory and Monitoring for the Federally Endangered Northern Red-bellied Cooter 2015-12-31
Movements of Coastal Birds in Southern New England 2016-12-31
Conserving Wood Turtles and Associated Riparian Species 2017-06-30
Offshore Movements of Migratory Bats in the Gulf of Maine 2017-12-31
Making decisions in complex landscapes: headwater stream management across multiple agencies 2016-05-01
Population Size and Distribution of Sumatran Rhinoceros 2014-09-01
Ant Diversity in Pine Barrens of the Northeast 2014-05-31
Offshore Wind Energy Technology, Environmental Impacts, and Policy 2016-09-01
Population Ecology of Sumatran Tigers and Their Prey 2005-12-31
Small mammal ecology and Lyme disease on Martha=s Vineyard 2005-05-31
Limitations to the northernmost distribution of Virginia opossums 2008-09-01
Effect of firebreaks on rare insects of M. F. Correllus State Forest, MA 2005-05-31
Local and landscape effects on frosted elfins in sandplain communities 2008-08-31
Ecology and Conservation of Wood Turtles in the Northeast 2013-12-31
Status assessment of Laysan and black-footed albatrosses 2009-03-31
Ecology and Conservation of Short-tailed Albatrosses 2012-12-31
Guiding conservation of eastern box turtles in Massachusetts 2010-05-31
Population viability modeling and conservation of Blanding=s turtles 2014-06-14
Multi-scale modeling of four-toed salamander habitat preference 2012-12-31
Effectiveness of road passage structures for freshwater turtles 2012-12-31
Foraging ecology of auks at their southern range boundary 2011-12-31
Effects of interacting threats on the survival of long-lived species 2009-08-31
Feeding behavior and nest site attendance of Atlantic puffins in Maine 2011-12-31
Habitat, connectivity, and viability of a timber rattlesnake metapopulation in southwestern Massachusetts 2014-05-01
Presentations Presentation Date
Yorks, D., P. R. Sievert, and P. deMaynadier. 2014. Assessing and mitigating the effects of turtle road mortality in Maine, and experimental tests of tunnel and barrier options for reducing road mortality. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Annual Conference, 19-21 Apr 2014. 2014-04-20
Willey, L.L., M.T. Jones, and P.R. Sievert. 2013. An update on regional conservation planning efforts for two rare turtle species in the Northeastern U.S. Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA. 2013-04-14
Willey, L. L., M. T. Jones, and P. R. Sievert. 2014. The effects of anthropogenic landscape change on characteristics of Blanding’s turtle populations, with implications for regional conservation. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Annual Conference, Newport, RI, 19-21 Apr 2014. 2014-04-19
Stengle, A.G., A. Whiteley, P.R. Sievert, and A.R. Richmond. 2013. Conservation of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in New England. Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA. 2013-04-14
Pusparini, W., T. Wahyudi, A. H. Ritonga, E. E. Rumapea, E. Ramadiyanta, H. T. Wibisono, G.V. Reddy, P. R. Sievert, and T. K. Fuller. 2013. A Spatially Explicit Model of Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) Occurrence in Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Amherst, MA, 22 Nov 2013. 2013-11-22
Loring, P., C.R. Griffin, and P.R. Sievert. 2013. Tracking Common Terns and American Oystercatchers in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts: A Pilot Study Using NanoTags. IGERT Symposium, Amherst, MA 2013-04-02
Loring, P., C. Griffin, and P. R. Sievert. 2014. Tracking Common Terns and American Oystercatchers in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts: A pilot study using NanoTags. Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Symposium, Amherst, MA, 2 Apr 2014. 2014-04-02
Loring, P., C. Griffin, and P. R. Sievert. 2013. NanoTag research relevant to Roseate Terns. Roseate Tern Annual Meeting, Hadley, MA, 20 Nov. 2013, 2013-11-20
Katz, R.A., E.H. Campbell Grant, M.C. Runge, D. Hocking, B.H. Letcher, and A.H. Roy. 2015. Not all scientific uncertainties are created equal for landscape scale headwater stream management. Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, 17-21 May 2015, Milwaukee, WI. 2015-05-18
Katz, R.A., E.H. Campbell Grant, A.H. Roy, B.H. Letcher, and M.C Runge. 2015. Evaluating collaborative landscape conservation for headwater stream ecosystems in two northeastern US watersheds. 71st Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, 19-21 April 2015. 2015-04-19
Jones, M.T., L.L. Willey, and P.R. Sievert, et al. 2013. Conservation planning for Blanding's and wood turtles in the eastern United States. 33rd Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Baltimore, MD. 2013-02-02
Jones, M. T., L. L. Willey, P. R. Sievert, and T. S. B. Akre. 2014. A new perspective on the regional status of wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in the Northeastern States. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Annual Conference, 19-21 Apr 2014. 2014-04-21
Grant, E.H.C., M. Runge, R. Katz, B.H. Letcher, and A.H. Roy. 2014. A structured decision framework to identify shared opportunities for decision making among multiple resource management agencies. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 10-14 August 2014, Sacramento, CA 2014-08-11
Dowling, Z., E. Dumont, and P. R. Sievert. 2014. Mitigating effects of wind development on bat species in the Northeast. Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Symposium, Amherst, MA, 2 Apr 2014. 2014-04-02
Technical Publications Publication Date
Willey, L., and P. R. Sievert. 2009. Ecology of eastern box turtles in the Connecticut River Valley, Massachusetts, 2005-2008. Final Report to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA, 71 pp. 2009-01-31
Willey, L. L., M. T. Jones, and P. R. Sievert. 2014. Conservation Plan for Blanding's Turtle and Associated Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Northeastern United States. Final Report to the Competitive State Wildlife Grants Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 400 pp. 2014-06-30
Sievert, P.R., DeStefano, S., and Blewett, L.J. 2003. Lyme disease ecological studies on Martha's Vineyard. Progress Report for 2003. 2003-10-31
Sievert, P.R., DeStefano, S., and Blewett, L.J. 2002. Lyme disease ecological studies on Martha's Vineyard. Annual Progress Report for 2002. 2002-10-31
Sievert, P.R., Compton, B.W., and M. Grgurovic. 2002. Ecology and conservation of Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) in Massachusetts. Progress Report for 2001 submitted to the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. 2002-07-31
Sievert, P.R. 2008. Population viability analyses for the short-tailed albatross. In: Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Plan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Technical Publication. 2008-09-30
Sievert, P.R. 2006. Population viability analyses for the short-tailed albatross. In: Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Plan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Technical Publication (In Review). 2006-01-31
Sievert, P. R. 2008. Surveying for rare amphibians, rare reptiles, and vernal pools, in Robinson State Park, Massachusetts. Final Report to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA, 12 pp. 2008-01-31
Patterson, W. A. III, G. L. Clarke, S. A. Haggerty, P. R. Sievert, and M. J. Kelty. 2005. Wildland fuel management options for the central plains of Martha’s Vineyard: impacts on fuel loads, fire behavior and rare plant and insect species. Final Report to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, RFR# DEM705, 140 pp. 2005-06-30
Jones, M. T., and P. R. Sievert. 2008. Distribution, status, and behavioral ecology of wood turtles in western Massachusetts: A four-year study. Final Report to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA, 47 pp. 2008-12-31
Jones, M. T., and P. R. Sievert. 2007. A GIS-based, spatially-explicit model of the distribution of wood turtles in Massachusetts. State-wide GIS model prepared for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA. 2007-12-31
Jones, M. T., L. L. Willey, P. R. Sievert, and T. S. B. Akre. 2014. Status and Conservation of the Wood Turtle in the Northeastern United States. Final Report to the Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) Program. 289 pp. 2014-01-31
Grgurovic, M., Sievert, P.R., and Compton, B.W. 2002. Blanding's turtle conservation plan for the towns of Boxford, Groveland, and Georgetown, Massachusetts, 44 pp. 2002-12-31
Fuller, T. K., and P. R. Sievert, editors. 2001. Carnivore ecology, behavior, and conservation. Departmental Report Series Number 3, Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. 2001-04-30
Compton, B.W., Sievert, P.R., and Grgurovic, M. 2003. Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) conservation plan for Massachusetts. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. 61 pp. 2003-08-31
Compton, B. W., P. R. Sievert, and M. L. Hunter. 2006. Status assessment for the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) in the Northeast. Sponsored by the USGS/FWS Science Support Partnership Program, 79 pp. 2006-06-30
Compton, B. W., K. McGarigal, and P. R. Sievert. 2006. Models of priority sites for spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata), wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), and Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii). Final Report to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA, 26 pp. 2006-12-31
Compton, B. W., F. Beaudry, K. McGarigal, and P. R. Sievert. 2007. Habitat modeling for Blanding?s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) in the Northeast. Final Report to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA. 2007-04-30
Arata, J.A., P.R. Sievert, and M.B. Naughton. 2008. Status Assessment of Laysan and Black-footed Albatross Populations. U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Technical Publication (In Press). 2008-09-30