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Mindy B. Rice
Mindy B. Rice

​​​​​​Spatial Ecologist


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Contact Info


Phone: 970-472-4307 (work phone)​


Ph.D., Wildlife Management — Texas Tech University, 2006

M.S., Conservation Ecology — Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 2003

B.S., Zoology — Colorado State University, 2001

Current or Recent Positions

Avian Researcher/spatial ecologist— Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2008-Present

Postdoctoral Research Associate— Texas Tech University, 2006-2008

Current or Recent Research Projects

  • Development of Greater sage-grouse distribution models in North Park, Colorado
  • Asynchronous vegetation phenology and its effect on winter body condition of Mule Deer
  • Various biologist studies including deer, elk, moose, and sheep
  • ​Areas of Interest, Expertise

My primary research interest involves the spatial ecology of wildlife. I help design, consult, and assess various statistical procedures for analyzing spatial aspects of wildlife.


Rice, M. B., A. D. Apa, M. L. Phillips, J. H. Gammonley, B.B. Petch, and K. Eichhoff. 2013. Analysis of regional species distribution models based on radio-telemetry datasets from multiple small-scale studies. Journal of Wildlife Management: 77:821-831.

Johnson, W. P., M. B. Rice, D. A. Haukos, and P. P. Thorpe. 2011. Factors influencing the occurrence of inundated playa wetlands during winter on the Texas high plains. Wetlands 31:1287-1296.

Rice, M. B., D. A. Haukos, J. D. Dubovsky, and M. Runge. 2010. Continental survival rates of northern pintails (Anas acuta) using band-recovery data . Journal of Wildlife Management 74: 778-787.

Saalfeld, S. T., W. C. Conway, D. A. Haukos, M. Rice, S. L. Jones, and S. D. Fellows. 2010. Multiscale habitat selection by long-billed curlews (Numenius americanus) breeding in the United States. Waterbirds 33: 148-161.​

Rice, M. B., W. B. Ballard, E.B. Fish, N.E. McIntyre, and D. Holdermann. 2009. Habitat distribution modeling of a recolonizing black bear, Ursus americanus, population in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Canadian Field Naturalist 123:246-254.

Rice, M. B., W. B. Ballard, E.B. Fish, N.E. McIntyre, and D. Holdermann. 2008. The importance of accurate landuse/landcover maps for assessing habitat utilization by black bear in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Wildlife Biology in Practice 4:48-56.

Rice, M. B., W. B. Ballard, E. B. Fish, D. B. Wester, and D. Holdermann. 2007. Landowner attitudes toward black bears in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 12:405-415.​

Rice, M.B. and M. Jones. 2006. Characteristics of black rhino (Diceros bicornis) bedding sites. African Journal of Ecology 44: 452-457.​