Robert Spaul

Robert Spaul

BS Wildlife and Fisheries Biology & MS Raptor Biology

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Introduction
I'm interested in environmental stressors to avian species & their habitats. In my MS I studied human disturbance to Golden Eagles, but I've also studied the impacts of forestry & agricultural practices, fire ecology, oil & gas development. I love mgmt. of imperiled species, migration, biodiversity & human dimensions. I'm looking for conservation work with Species At Risk, spatial ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, statistics, simulation modeling, technical writing, & env. policy.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - November 2019
Hawkwatch International
Position
  • Technician
Description
  • Assess GPS track logs of Golden Eagles, for potential migration observation points, to census migration. Count/ID migrant raptors, to assess value for long term migration monitoring. Public outreach and education. Train and supervise bio technician.
May 2018 - December 2018
Credit Valley Conservation
Position
  • Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant
Description
  • Ecological Land Classification (ELC), avian, bat and frog surveys. Create Acoustic Classifier for avian species in Kaleidoscope. Data entry and review. Literature reviews.
September 2017 - October 2017
Hawkwatch Internation
Position
  • Technician
Description
  • Kluane Lake, Yukon. Assess GPS track logs of GOEAs, for potential migration observation points, to census AK Golden Eagles (GOEA). Count migrating raptors at 10+ sites, to assess value for long term migration monitoring.
Education
August 2012 - August 2015
Boise State University
Field of study
  • Raptor Biology
August 2000 - May 2004
University of Vermont
Field of study
  • Wildlife Biology

Publications

Publications (5)
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As nature-based recreation grows in popularity, there is concern for reduced fitness of animals exposed to chronic disturbance by these activities. Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and other raptors are sensitive to human recreation near their nests, and managers of these species need strategies to mitigate negative effects. We used simulation mod...
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Disturbance because of human activity, including recreation on wildlands, can affect bird behavior which in turn can reduce breeding success, an important consideration for species of management concern. We observed Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) during the breeding season to determine whether the probability of flushing was affected by the type...
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There is widespread evidence that human disturbance affects wildlife behavior, but long-term population effects can be difficult to quantify. Individual-based models (IBMs) offer a way to assess population-level, aggregate effects of disturbance on wildlife. We created Tolerance in Raptors and the Associated Impacts of Leisure Sports (TRAILS), an I...
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Different forms of outdoor recreation have different spatiotemporal activity patterns that may have interactive or cumulative effects on wildlife through human disturbance, physical habitat change, or both. In western North America, shrub-steppe habitats near urban areas are popular sites for motorized recreation and nonmotorized recreation and can...

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