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

Staff Member

Chris Jorgensen



  • BS Iowa State University 2008


My research interests encompass avian ecology, conservation biology, adaptive management, behavioral ecology and life history evolution. More specifically, I am interested in the biotic and abiotic factors that influence habitat selection in both game and non-game birds. Numerous ecosystem components may play a role in species abundance and habitat quality, features that were previously not accounted for in management proposals. By investigating how habitat features such as patch size, patch interior-to-edge ratio, topography, weather, plant species composition, and other factors that influence avian abundance and distribution, we can create predictive models that are effective in future management actions.

Research Publications Publication Date
Warner, D. A., C. F. Jorgensen, and F. J. Janzen. 2010. Effects of maternal and abiotic factors on egg mortality and hatchling size in a natural population of turtles: temporal variation in selection over seven years. Functional Ecology 24:857-866 April 2010
Jorgensen, C.F., R.J. Stutzman, L. Anderson, S. Decker, L.A. Powell, and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Choosing a DIVA: a comparison of emerging digital imagery vegetation analysis techniques. Applied Vegetation Science 16:552-560. Doi: 10.1111/avsc.12037 | Download December 2013
Jorgensen, C.F., L.A. Powell, J.J. Lusk, A.A. Bishop and J.J. Fontaine. 2014. Assessing landscape constraints on species abundance: Does the neighborhood limit species response to local habitat conservation programs? Plos One 9:e99339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099339 | Abstract May 2014
Presentations Presentation Date
Jorgensen, C.F., J. Holt, and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Ring-necked pheasants in the Rainwater Basin: The past, present, and future prospects. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar. Hastings, NE. February 2013
Jorgensen, C.F. and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. If you build it will they come?: Managing pheasants in tomorrow's landscapes. Pheasants Forever State Habitat Meeting. Kearney, NE. February 2013