Scott Nielsen

Scott Nielsen

Assistant Professor. Conservation biology

Phone: 780-492-1656
Email: scottn@ualberta.ca
Department: Renewable Resources
Office: 701 General Services
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
701 General Services
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2H1
Job/Research Area: Conservation Biology
 
Personal Website:  http://www.ace-lab.org
Scott Nielsen is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE. 

Major Responsibilities / Research Interests: Species distribution and habitat supply modelling; endangered species monitoring and management; conservation planning and reserve design; landscape ecology.

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Selected Publications

Aldridge, C.L., Hanser, S.E., Nielsen, S.E., Leu, M., Cade, B.S., Saher, D.J., & Knick, S.T. (2011) Detectability adjusted count models of songbird abundance. Pp. 141 – 220 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors). Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.

Bater, C.W., Coops, N.C., Wulder, M.A., Hilker, T., Nielsen, S.E., McDermid, G., & Stenhouse, G.B. (2011) Using digital time-lapse cameras to monitor species-specific understorey and overstorey phenology in support of wildlife habitat assessment. Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, 180:1–13.

Bater, C.W., Coops, N.C., Wulder, M.A., Nielsen, S.E., McDermid, G., & Stenhouse, G.B. (2011) Design and installation of a camera network across an elevation gradient for habitat assessment. Instrumentation Science & Technology, 39:231–247.

Hanser, S.E., Aldridge, C.L. Leu, M., Rowland, M.M., Nielsen, S.E., & Knick, S.T. (2011) Greater sage-grouse: General use and roost site occurrence with pellet counts as a measure of relative abundance. Pp. 112–140 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors).

Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Rowland, M.M., & Knick, S.T. (2011) Occurrence and abundance of ants, reptiles, and mammals. Pp. 221–314 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors). Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.

Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., & Knick, S.T. (2011) Occurrence of small mammals: Deer mice and the challenge of trapping across large spatial extents. Pp. 337–356 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors). Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.

Knick, S.T., Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Rowland, M.M., Finn, S.P. & Wisdom, M.J. (2011) Management considerations. Pp. 387–394 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors). Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.

Leu, M., Hanser, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Cade, B.S., & Knick. S.T. (2011) A sampling and analytical approach to develop spatial distribution models for sagebrush-associated species. Pp. 88–111 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors)

Leu, M., Hanser, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Suring, L.H., & Knick, S.T. (2011) Occurrence of large and medium-sized mammal: Occurrence but not count models predict pronghorn distribution. Pp. 315–336 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors). Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.

Nielsen, S.E. (2011) Relationships between grizzly bear source-sink habitats and prioritized biodiversity sites in Central British Columbia. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management, 12:136–147.

Nielsen, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Hanser, S.E., Leu, M. & Knick, S.T. (2011) Occurrence of non-native invasive plants: The role of anthropogenic features. Pp. 357–386 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors). Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.

Serrouya, R., McLellan, B.N., Boutin, S., Seip, D.R., & Nielsen, S.E. (2011) Developing a population target for an overabundant ungulate for ecosystem restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48:935–942.

Nielsen, S.E., McDermid G., Stenhouse, G.B., & Boyce, M.S., 2010. Dynamic wildlife habitat models: Seasonal foods and mortality risk predict occupancy-abundance and habitat selection in grizzly bears. Biological Conservation, 143, 1623-1634.

Smulders, M., Nelson, T.A., Jelinski, D.E., Nielsen, S.E., & Stenhouse, G.B., 2010. A spatially explicit method for evaluating accuracy of species distribution models. Diversity and Distributions, 16, 996-1008.

Nielsen, SE; Cranston, J; Stenhouse, GB. 2009. Identification of priority areas for grizzly bear conservation and recovery in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Conservation Planning 5: 38-60.

Noss, R; Nielsen, SE; Vance-Borland, K. 2009. Prioritizing ecosystems, species, and sites for restoration. Pages 158-171 in Spatial Conservation Prioritization: Quantitative Methods and Computational Tools, Moilanen, A., K. A. Wilson, & H. Possingham editors. Oxford University Press, London.

Nielsen, SE; Haughland, D; Bayne, E; Schieck, J. 2009. Detecting trends in species occurrence for a large-scale, long-term biodiversity monitoring programme. Biodiversity and Conservation. 18: 2961–2978.

Nielsen, S.E., Boyce, M.S., Beyer, H., Huettmann, F., & Stenhouse, G.S., 2008. Can natural disturbance-based forestry rescue a declining population of grizzly bears? Biological Conservation, 141, 2193-2207.

Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Beyer, H.L., Boyce, M.S., Connelly, J.W., Knick, S.T., Schroeder, M.A., 2008. Range-wide patterns of greater sage-grouse persistence. Diversity and Distributions, 14, 983-994.

Nielsen, S.E., Bayne, E., Scheick, J., Herbers, J., & Boutin, S.A., 2007. A new method to estimate species and biodiversity intactness using empirically derived reference conditions. Biological Conservation, 137, 403-414.

Nielsen, S.E., Boyce, M.S., & Stenhouse, G.B., 2006. A habitat-based framework for grizzly bear conservation in Alberta. Biological Conservation, 130, 217-229.

Munro, R.H.M., Nielsen, S.E., Price, M.H., Stenhouse, G.B., & Boyce, M.S., 2006. Seasonal and diel patterns of grizzly bear diet and activity in west-central Alberta. Journal of Mammalogy, 87, 1112-1121.

Gillies, C.S., Hebblewhite, M., Nielsen, S.E., Krawchuk, M.A., Aldridge, C.L., Frair, J.L., Saher, D.J., Stevens, C.E., & Jerde, C.L., 2006. Application of random effects to the study of resource selection by animals. Journal of Animal Ecology, 75, 887-898.

Johnson, C.J., Nielsen, S.E., McDonald, T.L., Merrill, E., & Boyce, M.S., 2006. Resource selection functions based on use-availability data: theoretical motivation and evaluation methods. Journal of Wildlife Management, 70, 347-357.

Nielsen, S.E., Johnson, C., Heard, D.C., & Boyce, M.S., 2005. Can models of presence-absence be used to scale abundances? Two case studies considering extremes in life history. Ecography, 28, 197-208.

Nielsen, S.E., Boyce, M.S., & Stenhouse, G.B., 2004. Grizzly bears and forestry I: selection of clearcuts by grizzly bears in west-central Alberta, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 199, 51-65.

Nielsen, S.E., Munro, R.H.M., Bainbridge, E., Boyce, M.S., & Stenhouse, G.B., 2004. Grizzly bears and forestry II: distribution of grizzly bear foods in clearcuts of west-central Alberta, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 199, 67-82.

Nielsen, S.E., Herrero, S., Boyce, M.S., Benn, B., Mace, R.D., Gibeau, M.L., & Jevons, S., 2004. Modelling the spatial distribution of human-caused grizzly bear mortalities in the Central Rockies Ecosystem of Canada. Biological Conservation, 120, 101-113.

Frair, J.L., Nielsen, S.E., Merrill, E.H., Lele, S., Boyce, M.S., Munro, R.H.M., Stenhouse, G.B., & Beyer, H.L., 2004. Removing GPS-collar bias in habitat-selection studies. Journal of Applied Ecology, 41, 201-212.

Nielsen, S.E., & Haney, A., 2003. Vegetation composition, dynamics, and management of a bracken-grassland and northern-dry forest ecosystem. Environmental Management, 31, 810-821.

Nielsen, S.E., Kirschbaum, C.D., & Haney, A., 2003. Restoration of Midwest oak barrens: Structural manipulation or process-only? Conservation Ecology 7(2), 10. [online] URL: http:www.consecol.org/vol7/iss2/art10.

Nielsen, S.E., Boyce, M.S., Stenhouse, G.B., & Munro, R.H.M., 2003. Development and testing of phenologically driven grizzly bear habitat models. Ecoscience, 10, 1-10.

Boyce, M.S., Vernier, P.R., Nielsen, S.E., & Schmiegelow, F.K.A., 2002. Evaluating resource selection functions. Ecological Modelling, 157, 281-300.

Nielsen, S.E., Boyce, M.S., Stenhouse, G.B., & Munro, R.H.M., 2002. Modeling grizzly bear habitats in the Yellowhead Ecosystem of Alberta: Taking autocorrelation seriously. Ursus, 13, 45-56.

Nielsen, S.E., & Haney, A., 1998. Gradient responses for understory species in a bracken-grassland and northern-dry forest ecosystem of Northeast Wisconsin. Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, 86, 149-166.

Recent Awards

  • 2011-12 - ALES Teacher of the Year award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences