S. Kim  Nelson
S. Kim Nelson
Senior Faculty Research Assistant

Kim Nelson is a Research Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.  The current focus of her research is on the ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically using modeling and habitat data to better understand and help resolve wildlife conservation and management issues.  She has studied the nest-site characteristics, stand and landscape associations, abundance, and nesting behavior of forest birds and seabirds of the Pacific, including Marbled Murrelets, Long-billed Murrelets, Caspian Terns, and a variety of species in forests of the Pacific Northwest and at mixed seabird colonies in the Bering Sea.  She has published more than 50 scientific papers on her research. 

OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Weniger Hall
Room 447 Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-1962


Ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically Brachyramphus murrelets; forest-wildlife interactions; using information on habitat associations to better manage bird populations. Kim is also interested in the ecology of Kittlitz's and Long-billed Murrelets, other Pacific seabirds and their habitats, the factors associated with nest predation, and management of older-aged forests for birds and other wildlife.


See attached CV.

Awards and Honors

Homer Campbell Award, Corvallis Audubon Society, recognizing outstanding contributions to bird conservation.  Award given to Kim Nelson, other scientists, and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State Universtiy, 2015

U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas Research and Partnership Award for outstanding achievement in bird conservation and fundamental contributions to understanding the ecology and behavior of the Marbled Murrelet, Marbled Murrelet Effectiveness Monitoring Team, 2009

Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) Special Achievement Award in recognition of significant and long-term contributions to seabird conservation and PSG, 2008

Recognition from the Regional Interagency Executive Committee for dedication and commitment to the 10-year science and monitoring report for the Northwest Forest Plan, 2005

Oregon State University, Thomas G. Scott Publication Fund Award, 2000

Recognition for outstanding service on the USFS publication “Ecology and Conservation of the Marbled Murrelet”, 1995

Recognition and appreciation for assistance on the President’s Ecosystem Management Assessment Team, 1993

Recognition for assistance on the USFS Scientific Analysis Team, 1992

Don Geary Award for Governmental Service, Oregon Natural Resources Council (now Oregon Wild), 1990

Fun Fact

Enjoys watching birds, recording bird vocalizations, natural history, conservation biology, travel, photography, hiking, sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and skiing.

Other: Please send her any inland observations of Marbled Murrelets in Oregon and southeast Alaska, and inland or at-sea observations of Long-billed Murrelets in Asia and throughout the world.