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Kevin J. Aagaard
Kevin J. Aagaard

​​​​​​Spatial Ecologist

Kevin J. Aagaard 

​Contact Info

Email: kevin.aagaard@state.co.us​

Education

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution — Rutgers University, 2014

B.S., Biology — SUNY Geneseo, 2009

Current or Recent Positions

Spatial Ecologist — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, September 2017 – present

Postdoctoral Research Biologist — U.S. Geological Survey, October 2014 – August 2017  

​Current or Recent Research Projects

  • ​Raptor nesting distribution models

  • State biologist studies including waterbirds and gamebirds, ungulates, and predators

  • Migratory waterfowl dynamics in a changing climate

  • Trends in population dynamics of non-native species

Areas of Interest, Expertise

​In my research I leverage the tools of statistical and mathematical models to describe complex ecosystem-level processes in highly variable systems such as animal movements (dispersal and migration), population dynamics, and biological invasions.

​Publications

Aagaard, K, JE Lyons, and WE Thogmartin. 2017. Quantifying the relative contribution of an ecological reserve to conservation objectives. Global Ecology and Conservation. 9, 142-147.

Avery, JD, K Aagaard, JC Burkhalter, and OJ Robinson. 2017. Seabird longline bycatch reduction devices increase target catch while reducing bycatch: A meta-analysis. Journal for Nature Conservation. 38, 37-45.

Aagaard, K, JL Lockwood, and EJ Green. 2016. A Bayesian approach for characterizing uncertainty in declaring a population collapse. Ecological Modelling. 328, 78-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.02.014.

Aagaard, K, and JL Lockwood. 2016. The occurrence of population collapses in exotic birds. Biological Invasions. 18, 1667-1678. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1109-2.

Lonsdorf, EV, WE Thogmartin, S Jacobi, K Aagaard, J Coppen, A Davis, T Fox, P Heglund, R Johnson, T Jones, K Kenow, JE Lyons, K Luke, S Still, and B Tavernia. 2016. A generalizable energetics-based model of avian migration to facilitate continental-scale waterbird conservation. Ecological Applications. 26, 1136-1153.

Aagaard, K, SM Crimmins, WE Thogmartin, B Tavernia, and JE Lyons. 2015. Evaluating predictors of local dabbling duck abundance during migration: managing the spectrum of conditions faced by migrants. Wildfowl. 65, 100-120.

Aagaard, K, and JL Lockwood. 2014. Exotic birds show lags in population growth. Diversity and Distributions. 20, 547-554.

Aagaard, K, and G Hartvigsen. 2014. Fractal dimension metrics across a vegetational chronosequence. Applied Mathematics. 5, 1842-1851.