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.
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.
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.