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Michael Wunder, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Wunder

Email:  Michael Wunder

Office Location:  SI 4124

Phone:  (303) 556-8870

Fax: (303) 556-4352

2015 Spring Semester Office Hours:

M & T 10:30a-Noon

Areas of Expertise:
Ecology, Modeling, and Statistics

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Colorado State University, Ecology, 2007

B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Biology, 1994


Dr. Wunder is a quantitative ecologist with interests in the ecology, biogeography, and evolution of migratory species. His research relies on a mixture of fieldwork, laboratory work, and computer-based simulation analysis and modeling to understand natural populations of animals. Dr. Wunder is currently collaborating with colleagues from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Geological Survey to study resource use and migration patterns in arctic breeding shorebirds, and with colleagues from the Colorado Division of Wildlife to study factors that contribute to nest survival in mountain plovers.





  Select Publications 

Dinsmore, S. J., M. B. Wunder, V. J. Dreitz, and F. L. Knopf (2010) An assessment of factors affecting population growth of the Mountain Plover. Avian Conservation and Ecology 5(1): 5

Wunder, M.B. (2009) Using isoscapes to model probability surfaces for determining geographic origins. In: Isoscapes: Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping (Bowen, G., West, J., Tu, K, and Dawson, T. eds.) Springer-Verlag, New York.

Hobson, K.A., M.B. Wunder, S. VanWilgenburg, R. Clark, and L.I. Wassenaar (2009) A Method for Investigating Population Declines of Migratory Birds Using Stable Isotopes: Origins of Harvested Lesser Scaup in North America. PLoS ONE 4(11): e7915

Gutowsky, S., Janssen, M.H., Arcese, P., Kyser, T.K., Ethier, D., Wunder, M.B., Bertram, D.F., Tranquilla, L.M., Lougheed, C., and D.R. Norris. (2009) Concurrent declines in nestling diet quality and reproductive success of a threatened seabird over 150 years. Endangered Species Research 9:247-254

Wunder, M.B., K.A. Hobson, J.F. Kelly, P.P. Marra, L.I. Wassenaar, C.A. Stricker, and R.R. Doucett (2009) Does a lack of design and repeatability compromise scientific criticism? A response to Smith et al. Auk 126:922-926

Sellick, M.J., T.K. Kyser, M.B. Wunder, D. Chipley, and D.R. Norris (2009) Geographic variation of strontium and hydrogen isotopes in avian tissue: implications for tracking migration. PLoS ONE 4(3): e4735.

Augustine, D.J., S.J. Dinsmore, M.B. Wunder, V.J. Dreitz, and F.L. Knopf (2008) Mountain plover response to plague-driven dynamics in black-tailed prairie dog landscapes. Landscape Ecology 23:689-697

Wunder, M.B. and D.R. Norris (2008) Improved estimates of certainty in stable isotope-based methods for tracking migratory animals. Ecological Applications 18:549-559

Wunder, M.B. and D.R. Norris (2008) Analysis and design for isotope-based studies of migratory animals. In: Tracking animal migration using stable isotopes (Hobson, K.A. and L.I. Wassenaar, Eds.). Elsevier, Inc. San Diego, CA

Kelly, J.F., S. Bearhop, G.J. Bowen, K.A. Hobson, D.R. Norris, L.I. Wassenaar, J.B. West, and M.B. Wunder (2008) Future directions and challenges for using stable isotopes in advancing terrestrial animal migration research. In: Tracking animal migration using stable isotopes (Hobson, K.A. and L.I. Wassenaar, Eds.). Elsevier, Inc. San Diego, CA

Schorr, R.A., J.L. Siemers, P.M. Lukacs, J.P. Gionfriddo, J.R. Sovell, R.J. Rondeau, and M.B. Wunder (2007) Using prairie rodent survival to evaluate habitats. Southwestern Naturalist 52:552-563

Norris, D.R., M.B. Wunder, and M. Boulet (2006) Perspectives in Migratory Connectivity. Ornithological Monographs 61:79-88.

Schneider, S.C., M.B. Wunder, and F.L. Knopf (2006) Relationship between shrubs and foods in Mountain Plover habitat in Park County Colorado, USA. Southwestern Naturalist 51:197-202

Wunder, M.B., C.L. Kester, F.L. Knopf, and R.O. Rye (2005) A test of geographic assignment using isotope tracers in feathers of known origin. Oecologia 144:607-615

Dretiz, V.J., M.B. Wunder, and F.L. Knopf (2005) Movements and home ranges of Mountain Plovers raising broods in three Colorado landscapes. Wilson Bulletin 117:128-132

Wunder, M.B., F.L. Knopf and C.A. Pague (2003) The high elevation population of Mountain Plovers in Colorado. Condor 105:654-662

Courses Taught

BIOL 4764/5764: Biostatistics

BIOL 4425/5425: Biogeography