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Gordon Reese

Research Ecologist
5985 Highway K
Rhinelander, WI, 54501-9128
Phone: 715-362-1171

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Research Interests

Gordon focuses his research on the use of models to address various ecological topics. In particular, he is interested in analyzing interactions between natural and manmade components in our environment and understanding how results can best be used to inform conservation and management decisions. He is also interested in addressing uncertainty when modeling complex systems by incorporating techniques such as sensitivity analyses and scenario planning. Gordon continues to use models to estimate distributions both spatially and over time.


  • Colorado State University, M.S. Ecology,
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Biology,
  • Colorado State University, Ph.D Ecology,

Professional Experience

  • Ecologist, United States Geological Survey 2013 - 2018

Publications & Products

Other Publications

  • Reese, G.C., Carter, S.K., Lund, C. and Walterscheid, S.,     
         2019, Evaluating and using existing models to
         map p
    robable suitable habitat for rare plants to   
    management of multiple-use public lands
         in the
    California desert. PLoS ONE 14(4): e0214099.
  • Manier, D.J., Carr, N.B., Reese, G.C., and Burris, L., 2019,
         Using scenarios to evaluate vulnerability of
         grassland communities to climate change in the
         Southern Great Plains of the United States
    : U.S.
         Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2019-1046, 48 p.,
  • Reese, G.C., and Carter, S.K., 2019, Probable and
         potential suitable habitat for 43 rare plant species
         in the California desert
    : U.S. Geological Survey data
  • Rashford, B.S. and Reese, G.C., 2018, Predicted
         likelihood of grassland to cropland conversion in
         the U.S. Northern Plains and Prairies given
         climate change
    : U.S. Geological Survey data release,
  • Reese, G.C., Carr, N.B. and Burris, L.E., 2018, Southern
         Great Plains Rapid Ecoregional Assessment—
         Volume II. Species and assemblages
    : U.S.
         Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1109, 134 p.,
  • Reese, G.C., Burris, Lucy, Carr, N.B., Leinwand, I.I.F. and
         Melcher, C.P., 2017, Southern Great Plains Rapid
         Ecoregional Assessment—Volume I. Ecological
    : U.S. Geological Survey Open-File
         Report 2017-1100, 126 p.,
  • Reese G.C., Manier D.J., Carr N.B., Callan R., Leinwand
         I.I.F., Assal T.J., Burris L. and Ignizio D.A. 2016.
         Estimated historical distribution of grassland
         communities of the Southern Great Plains
    : U.S.
         Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1184, 13 p.,
  • Callan R., Leinwand I.I.F., Reese G.C., Assal T.J., Manier
         D.J., Carr N.B., Burris L. and Ignizio
         D.A. 2016. Estimated historical distribution of 
         grassland communities of the Southern Great
    : U.S. Geological Survey data release,
  • Melcher C.P., Sherrill K.R., George T.L., Germaine S.S.,
         Reese G. and Carr N.B. 2015. Spadefoot
         Assemblage; Golden Eagle; Ferruginous Hawk; 
         Sagebrush-Obligate Songbirds; Pygmy Rabbit;     
         Chapters 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 and Appendix in Carr N.B.
         and Melcher C.P. eds. Wyoming Basin Rapid
         Ecoregional Assessment
    . Open-File Report 2015-
         1155. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological
         Survey, Fort Collins Science Center. 896 p.,
  • Crabtree R., Sheldon J.W., Wilson K., Potter C., Winkelman
         B., Weiss D., Baruch-Mordo S. and
         Reese G. 2011. Decision support for climate     
         change adaptation in the GPLCC: creating
         geospatial data products for ecosystem
         assessments and predictive species modeling
         Final report to Great Plains Landscape Conservation
  • Doherty P.F., Webb C.T., Hoeting J.A., Merton A.A., Miller
         R.S., Farnsworth M.L., Franklin A.B., McLean R.G.,
         Piaggo T.J., Reese G.C., Gilbert M.M., Davis A.J. and
         Wilson K.R. 2009. Avian influenza risk assessment
         for the United States: modeling pathways of
         disease spread by wild birds
    . Final report to USDA-
         WS-APHIS-National Wildlife Research Center. Colorado
         State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.
  • Reese G.C. and Skagen S.K. 2017. Modeling
         nonbreeding distributions of shorebirds and

         waterfowl in response to climate change. Ecology
         and Evolution 7:1497-1513.
  • Sofaer H.R., Skagen S.K., Barsugli J.J., Rashford B.S.,
         Reese G.C., Hoeting J.A., Wood A.W. and
         Noon B.R. 2016. Projected wetland densities under
         climate change: habitat loss but little geographic
         shift in conservation strategy
    . Ecological
         Applications 26:1677-1692.
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