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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.
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.
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.