I'm addicted to things with wings but fins will do too!

Washington State University, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 360-823-3538 Fax: 360-546-9064 E-mail: tyler_hicks@wsu.edu

My primary interests are in endangered species biology, wildlife management, and quantitative ecology. The bulk of my research focuses on monitoring the impacts of management activities on wildlife and with insects and birds as indicator species. In addition, I am interested in the design and implementation of optimal population monitoring schemes. Lastly, I am interested in the use of decision analysis using the best available science and an integral multi-perspective approach to resolve complex wildlife management issues.

Education

August 2006 – December 2008 : Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO
B.A. Summa Cum Laude - Biology with an Ecology Emphasis
Honor's Thesis - A Comparison of Natural Ejaculate Characteristic and Sperm Morphometry Between Greater and Gunnison Sage Grouse


Publications

Hicks, T.L., and C.L. Hicks. Phenology of 25 Migratory Birds on a Postal Route in Sedgwick County Kansas. In Review.

Hicks, T.L. and P. Magee. 2011. Collection and Comparison of Natural Ejaculates and Sperm Morphometrics of Greater (
Centrocercus urophasianus) and Gunnison Sage-Grouse (C. minimus). Colorado Birds 45: 197-210. PDF Hicks & Magee 2011

Schultz, C.B., Henry, E., Carleton, A., Hicks, T., Thomas, R., Potter, A., Collins, M., Linders, M., Fimbel, C., Black, S., Anderson, H., Diehl, G., Hamman, S., Gilbert, R., Foster, J., Hays, D., Wilderman, D., Davenport, R., Steel, E., Page, N., Lilley, P.L., Heron, J., Kroeker, N., Webb, C. and B. Reader. 2011. Conservation of Prairie-Oak Butterflies in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
Northwest Science 85: 361-388.PDF Schultz et al. 2011

Estep, L.K, McClure, C.J.W., Burkett-Cadena, N.D., Hassan, H.K, Hicks, T.L., Unnasch, T.R., and G.E. Hill. 2011. A Multi-Year Study of Mosquito Feeding Patterns on Avian Hosts in a Southeastern Focus of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 84: 718-726.

Magee, P.A., Brooks, J., Hirsch, N. and T.L. Hicks. 2011. Response of Obligate Birds to Mechanical Manipulations in a Sagebrush Ecosystem Near Gunnison, Colorado.
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues 16: 1-11. PDF Magee et al. 2011

Hicks, T.L. 2009. Fish Crow (
Corvus ossifragus) Range Expansion in Kansas. Kansas Ornithological Society Bulletin 60: 29-36.PDF Hicks 2009

Hicks, T.L. and P. Magee. Nest Cavity Displacement of a Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) by a Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus): Do Northern Saw-whet Owls and Boreal Owls Limit Each Others Range? 2008. Colorado Birds 42: 170-176.

Hill, G. E., Mennill, D. J., Rolek, B. W., Hicks, T. L., and K. A. Swiston. 2006. Evidence suggesting that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (Campephilus principalis) exist in Florida. Avian Conservation and Ecology 1(3): 2. [online] URL:http ://www.ace-eco.org/vol1/iss3/art2/

Hicks, T. L. 2003. Wintering "Lawrence's" Warbler in northern Costa Rica. Cotinga 19: 74.

Hicks, T. L. 2003. Notes on the avifauna of the lower Rio San Carlos, Costa Rica. Cotinga 19: 74.

Hicks, T. L. 1997. Notes: On the effects of tape playing and close observation of birds. The Horned Lark – Kansas Ornithological Society. Sept. 1997: 6. PDF Hicks 1997

Presentations

“A Comparison of Natural Ejaculate Characteristic and Sperm Morphometry Between Greater and Gunnison Sage Grouse ”. Thornton Seminar Series, Dept. of Natural and Env. Sciences, Western State College of Colorado. Gunnison, CO (Dec. 2008)

“The Butterfly Cults of Papua New Guinea”. Thornton Seminar Series, Dept. of Natural and Env. Sciences, Western State College of Colorado. Gunnison, CO (Oct. 2008)

“The Life History and Conservation of the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly”. Thornton Seminar Series, Dept. of Natural and Env. Sciences, Western State College of Colorado. Gunnison, CO (Nov. 2008)


“Monophagy in the World's Largest Butterfly”. Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists. Abique, New Mexico (Sept. 2008).

“Using Automated Listening Stations to Monitor Boreal Owl Nesting and Vocal Ecology”. Thornton Seminar Series, Dept. of Natural and Env. Sciences, Western State College of Colorado. Gunnison, CO (Nov. 2008)


“Responses of Butterfly Abundance and Diversity to Mechanical Treatments of a Sagebrush Ecosystem in the Upper Gunnison Basin of Colorado”. Thornton Seminar Series, Dept. of Natural and Env. Sciences, Western State College of Colorado. Gunnison, CO (Oct. 2007) & Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists. Abique, New Mexico (Sept. 2007).

“Spoon-billed Sandpipers: From Siberia to Saemangeum and in to the Unknown” Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Homer, Alaska (May 2006).


Research Grants Awarded

Total Research Grants & Fellowships Awarded: $334,000

USFWS Contaminants Grants - Impacts of Large-Scale Herbicide Use of an Endangered Butterfly (2011-2014)

EPA STAR Fellowship - Impacts of Herbicides on Endangered Prairie Butterflies (2011-2014)

NSF GK-12 Fellowship - Partners in Discovery - Columbia River Watershed (2010-2011)


Thornton Undergraduate Research Grant (WSC) – The Life History and Conservation of the Queen Alexandra
s Birdwing Butterfly (2008)

Conservation International Research Grant - The Life History and Conservation of the Queen Alexandras Birdwing Butterfly (2008)

Thornton Undergraduate Research Grant (WSC) – Male Centrocercus Grouse Fertility Comparison, Sr. Thesis (2007-08)

Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society – Male Centrocercus Grouse Fertility Comparison, Sr. Thesis (2007-08)

Thornton Undergraduate Travel Grant (WSC) – To attend Distance sampling workshop at St. Andrews University in Scotland (2007)

Xerces Society – Joan M. DeWind Award – Competitive grant for the study and conservation of Lepidoptera (2007)(First undergraduate awardee)

Colorado Field Ornithologists Research Grant – Using Automated Listening Stations to Investigate Factors Influencing Vocal Intensity and to Monitor Nesting Ecology of Boreal Owls (Aegolius funereus) (2006)

Thornton Undergraduate Research Grant (WSC) – Using Automated Listening Stations to Investigate Factors Influencing Vocal Intensity and to Monitor Nesting Ecology of Boreal Owls (Aegolius funereus) (2006)

Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society – Using Automated Listening Stations to Investigate Factors Influencing Vocal Intensity and to Monitor Nesting Ecology of Boreal Owls (Aegolius funereus) (2006)

Scholarships and Awards

Outstanding Senior in Biology – WSC (2008)

Hugo A. Ferchau Memorial Scholarship – WSC (2008)

Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society - Jim Olterman Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship (2008)

American Association of University Women – Undergraduate scholarship (2007)

Walker Memorial Scholarship (WSC – Dept. of Nat. & Env. Sciences) – Undergraduate scholarship (2007)

Beta Beta Beta Meritorious Award – Western State College (2007 & 2008)

American Ornithological Union Student Membership Award (2007)

Western Transfer Scholarship – Western State College (2006)

Tim Schantz Memorial Scholarship – Provides financial assistance to a student of ornithology to attend the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival (2006)

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship – Western State College (2006)

Math & Science Student of the Year – Cowley County Community College (2006)

David P. Fellows Scholarship – Great Plains Nature Center (2005)

Natural Sciences & Math Scholarship – Cowley County Community College (2005)

Camp Chiricauhua Birding Camp VENT – Scholarship presented by Wichita Audubon Society (1998)

Professional Affiliations and Clubs

Adventure & Scientists for Conservation - 2011 to present
Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honors) – Western State College – 2006-08, President elect-07

The Kansas Ornithological Society – 1994 to present
The Lepidopterist's Society - 2007 to present

Phi Theta Kappa – Community College Honours – 2006 to present
The Wildlife Society – 2007 to present
Bird Korea – 2005 to present