Todd Katzner

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Todd E. Katzner, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
of Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
PO Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

Telephone: (304) 293-2941
Fax: (304) 293-2441
Email: todd.katzner@mail.wvu.edu

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Ph.D. (May2003) Arizona State University.
Diss. title: Ecology and behavior of four coexisting eagle species at Naurzum Zapovednik, Kazakhstan

M.S. (December, 1994) The University of Wyoming
Thesis title: Winter ecology of the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) in Wyoming.

B.A. (May 1991) Oberlin College

Professional Employment

Research Assistant Professor
West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
2010 – present

Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Biology
2006 – present

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
2009 – present

Research Associate
Powdermill Avian Research Center
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
2006 – present

Research Associate
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
Acopian Center for Conservation Learning
2003 – present

Research Associate
Wildlife Conservation Society
International Programs
2000 – present

National Aviary
Conservation & Field Research
2005 – 2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
U.S. National Science Foundation &
Imperial College London

Arizona State University
Department of Biology

Coe College, Iowa
Department of Biology

Courses Taught

Research Interests

I am interested in addressing conservation problems through ecological science. In recent years much of my work has focused on birds, but previous studies have also focused on mammals and invertebrates. In recent years a great deal of my research has been conducted abroad, most in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan.

Relative Current & Past Studies

Non-invasive approaches to demography of rare and endangered species.

Using models to improve monitoring of structured populations.

Assessing risks of wind energy development for eastern golden eagles, a priority “umbrella” species: conflict potential in an information void.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Allegheny County “Green Action Team,” Commissioned by Allegheny County Executive, 2008 – present
Chair, Local Organizing Committee, Wilson Ornithological Society & Association of Field Ornithologists, 2009 Joint Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 2006-2009.
Member, Ornithological Technical Committee, State of Pennsylvania. 2006 – present.
Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines.
Georgian Center for the Conservation of Wildlife (GCCW)
American Ornithologists Union.
American Society of Mammalogists.
Cooper Ornithological Society.
Raptor Research Foundation.
Society for Conservation Biology.
Wilson Ornithological Society.
Ecological Society of America.
Asian Raptor Research and Conservation. 1999-2001.

Selected Publications

Iverson, S., A. Gavrilov, T. Katzner, J. Takekawa, S. Newman, T. Miller, W. Hagemeijer, B. Sivananinthaperumal, T. Mundkur, C. DeMattos & L. Ahmed. 2010. Migratory movements of waterfowl in Central Asia: implications for avian influenza transmission by wild birds. Ibis. In press.

Jones, J.P.G., B. Collen, P. Baxter, P. Bubb, J. Illian, T. Katzner, A. Keane, J. Loh, E. McDonald-Madden, E. Nicholson, H. Pereira, H. Possingham, A. Pullin, A. Rodrigues, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, M. Sommerville, E.J. Milner-Gulland. 2010. The ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of global biodiversity indicators: looking beyond 2010. Conservation Biology. In press.

Terraube, J., Arroyo, B.E., Mougeot, F., Katzner, T.E. and E.A. Bragin. 2010. Breeding biology of the Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus) in north-central Kazakhstan. Journal of Ornithology. 151 (3): 713-722.

Brandes, D., Miller, T.M. and T. Katzner. 2009. Wind Power Mortality. In: Majumdar, S.K., ed., Avian Ecology and Conservation: A Pennsylvania Focus with National Implications. Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. pp. 300 – 303.

Miller, T.M., Brandes, D., Lanzone, M., Ombalski, D., Maisonneuve, C. and T. Katzner. 2009. Golden eagle migration and winter behavior in Pennsylvania. In: Majumdar, S.K., ed., Avian Ecology and Conservation: A Pennsylvania Focus with National Implications. Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. pp 111 – 125.

Pettorelli, N., T. Katzner, I. Gordon, T. Gorner, K. Mock, S. Redpath, and M. Gompper (2009). Possible consequences of the Copenhagen climate change meeting for conservation of animals. Animal Conservation 12:503-504.

Rudnick, J.A., T.E. Katzner, E.A. Bragin, and J.A. DeWoody (2008). A non-invasive genetic evaluation of population size, natal philopatry, and roosting behavior of non-breeding eastern imperial eagles (Aquila heliaca) in central Asia. _Conservation Genetics 9:_667-676.

Rudnick, J.A., T.E. Katzner, E.A. Bragin, and J.A. DeWoody (2007). Species identification of birds through genetic analysis of naturally shed feathers. Molecular Ecology Notes 7:757-762.

Ryabtsev, V., and T. Katzner (2007). Severe declines of Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca populations in the Baikal region, Russia: a modern and historical perspective. Bird Conservation International 17:197-209.

Katzner, T., E. Bragin, and E.J. Milner-Gulland (2006). Modelling populations of long-lived birds of prey for conservation: a study of Imperial Eagles (Aquila heliaca) in Kazakhstan. Biological Conservation 132:322-335.

Katzner, T., E. Bragin, S. Knick, and A. Smith (2006). Spatial structure in the diet of imperial eagles Aquila heliaca in Kazakhstan. Journal of Avian Biology 37:594-600.

Kenward, R., T. Katzner, M. Wink, V. Marcstrom, S. Walls, M. Karlbom, R. Pfeffer, E. Bragin, K. Hodder, and A. Levin (2006). Rapid sustainability modelling for raptors by radio-tagging and DNA-fingerprinting. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Busch, J.D., T. Katzner, E. Bragin, and P. Keim (2005). Tetranucleotide microsatellites for Aquila and Haliaeetus eagles. Molecular Ecology Notes 5:39-41

Katzner, T., E. Bragin, S. Knick, and A. Smith (2005). Relationship between demographics and dietary specificity of Imperial Eagles in Kazakhstan. Ibis 147:576-586

Katzner, T., S. Robertson, B. Robertson, J. Klucsarits, K. McCarty, and K.L. Bildstein (2005). Results from a long-term nest-box program for American Kestrels: implications for improved population monitoring and conservation. Journal of Field Ornithology. 76:217-226.

Katzner, T. (2005). Corruption – a double-edged sword for conservation? A response to Smith and Walpole. Oryx 39:260-262.

Rudnick, J.A., T.E. Katzner, E.A. Bragin, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., and J.A. DeWoody (2005). Using naturally shed feathers for individual identification, genetic parentage analyses, and population monitoring in an endangered Eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) population from Kazakhstan. Molecular Ecology 14:2959-2967.

Katzner, T.E., C.H. Lai, J.D. Gardiner, J.M. Foggin, D. Pearson, and A.T. Smith (2004). Adjacent nesting by Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) on the Tibetan Plateau, China. Forktail 20:94-96.

Leppert, L.L., S. Layman, E.A. Bragin, and T.E. Katzner (2004). Hemoparasite prevalence in Imperial Eagles (Aquila heliaca), Steppe Eagles (Aquila nipalensis), and White-tailed Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) from Kazakhstan. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40:316-319.