Brett G. Dickson
Associate Research Professor and co-Director, Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology
BS in Conservation Biology, San Jose State University, 1996
MS in Forestry (Wildlife Ecology emph.) Northern Arizona University, 2001
PhD in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, 2006
Office: Applied Research and Development Building (bldg #56), suite 220
Personal web page
Brett Dickson's research and professional interests thread through a wide range
of disciplines, including conservation biology and planning, wildlife and
landscape ecology, and contemporary statistical modeling and inferential
approaches. Much of his work is focused on understanding and estimating animal-habitat
relationships, landscape connectivity, the impacts of land use and climate
change, or disturbance processes, such as fire and non-native species invasion,
in forested and arid ecosystems across North America. As co-Director of the Lab
of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology at NAU, he seeks to integrate
cutting-edge technical approaches to research with graduate student and
post-doctoral training, as well as internships and other educational experiences,
which are grounded in applied conservation. Dickson is also president of and chief
scientist for Conservation Science Partners,
non-profit institution established to meet the research and analytic needs of
conservation-oriented projects and professionals across multiple sectors of
society. Typically, his projects, research staff, and students collectively bridge
the efforts of these organizations.
Selected recent publictions
Hansen, E., R.D. Scherer, G.C. White, B.G. Dickson, and E. Fleishman. In press. Estimates of
survival probability from two populations of giant gartersnakes in California’s
Great Central Valley. Copeia.
Horncastle, V.J., B.G. Dickson, and T.A. Chaudhry. Accepted. Visitor
use impacts and habitat associations of the avifauna occupying the Colorado
River corridor in Grand Canyon National Park. The Colorado Plateau.
Brodie, J., A. Giordano, B.G. Dickson, M. Hebblewhite, H. Bernard, J.
Mohd-Azlan, J. Anderson, and L. Ambu. 2015. Evaluating multispecies landscape
connectivity in a threatened tropical mammal community. Conservation Biology
Dickson, B.G., V. Frary, S.E. Sesnie, and J.M. Rundall. 2015 New methods and
hierarchical models for estimating intensity of habitat use by Merriam’s Turkey
in managed forests of northern Arizona. Pages 41-59 in L.F. Huenneke, C.
van Riper and K. Hays-Gilpin, eds., Science and Management at the Landscape
Scale. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.
Farnsworth M.L., B.G. Dickson, L.J. Zachmann, E.E. Hegeman, A.R. Cangelosi,
T.G. Jackson, Jr., and A.F. Scheib. 2015. Short-term space-use patterns of
translocated Mojave desert tortoise in southern California. PLoS ONE 10(9):
Gray, M.E. and B.G. Dickson. 2015. A new model of landscape-scale fire
connectivity applied to resource and fire management in the Sonoran Desert,
USA. Ecological Applications. DOI: 10.1890/14-0367.1.
Hoglander, C.H., B.G. Dickson, S.S. Rosenstock, and J. Anderson. 2015.
Landscape models of space use by desert bighorn sheep in the Sonoran Desert of
southwestern Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:77-91.
Hudson, H., S.E. Sesnie, B.G. Dickson, and L.
Thomas.2015. Cross-jurisdictional monitoring for non-native
plant invasions using an NDVI change detection index in Walnut Canyon National
Monument. Pages 23-40 in L.F. Huenneke, C. van Riper and K. Hays-Gilpin,
eds., Science and Management at the Landscape Scale. University of Arizona
Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.
Dickson, B. G., L. J. Zachmann, and C. M. Albano. 2014. Systematic identification of potential conservation priority areas on roadless Bureau of Land Management lands in the western United States. Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.08.001.
Dickson, B. G., T. D. Sisk, S. E. Sesnie, J. M.
Rundall, R. T. Reynolds, S. S. Rosenstock, C. Vojta, and M. F. Ingraldi. 2014.
Integrating single-species management and landscape conservation using regional
habitat occurrence models. Landscape Ecology 29:803-815.
Fleishman, E., J. R. Thomson, E. L. Kalies, B.
G. Dickson, D. S Dobkin, and M. Leu. 2014. Projecting current and future
location of habitat for breeding birds in the Great Basin. Ecosphere 5(7):82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00387.1.
Gray, M., B. G. Dickson, and L. J. Zachmann. 2014.
Modeling and mapping dynamic variability in large fire risk in the lower
Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Intl. Journal of Wildland Fire.
Hegeman, E. E., B.
G. Dickson, and L. J. Zachmann. 2014. Probabilistic models of fire
occurrence across federal management units in the Mojave Desert Network, U.S.A.
Landscape Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-0078-z
Ray, C. M., B. G.
Dickson, and T. D. Sisk. 2014. Spatial application of a predictive northern
goshawk occupancy model to alternative forest treatment models. Forest Ecology
and Management 322:117-126.
Wang, O., L.
Zachmann, S. E. Sesnie, A. D. Olsson, and B. G. Dickson. 2014. A
targeted sampling design informed by habitat suitability models for detecting
focal plant species over extensive areas. PLoS ONE 9(7): e0101196.
Dickson, B. G., G. Roemer, B. H.
McRae, and J. M. Rundall. 2013. Models of regional habitat quality and
connectivity for pumas (Puma concolor) in the southwestern Unites
States. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81898.
Dickson, B. G., S. E. Sesnie, E.
Fleishman, and D. S. Dobkin. 2013. Identification of habitat and assessment of
habitat quality for conservation of terrestrial animals. Pages 149-173 in
L. Craighead and C. Convis, eds., Conservation planning: shaping the future.
Esri Press, Redlands, CA, USA.
Horncastle, V. J.,
R. F. Yarborough, B. G. Dickson, and S. R. Rosenstock. 2013. Summer
habitat use by adult female mule deer in a restoration-treated ponderosa pine
forest. Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.301.
Thomas, M. A., G.
W. Roemer , C. J. Donlan, B. G. Dickson, M. Matocq, and J. Malaney.
2013. Gene tweaking for conservation. Nature 501:485-486.
Bradley, B. B., A. D. Olsson, B. G. Dickson, S. E. Sesnie, O.
Wang, L. Pelech, and L. Zachmann. 2012. Species detection vs. habitat
suitability: Are we biasing habitat suitability models with remotely sensed
data? Ecological Modelling 244:57-64.
Kalies, E. L., B. G. Dickson, C. L. Chambers, and W. W. Covington.
2012. Restoration treatments increase occupancy of the small mammal community
in ponderosa pine forests, northern Arizona, USA. Ecological Applications
Sesnie, S. E., B. G. Dickson, S. Rosenstock, and J. M. Rundall.
2012. A comparison of Landsat TM and MODIS vegetation indices for estimating
forage phenology in desert bighorn sheep (Ovis
canadensis nelsoni) habitat in the Sonoran Desert, USA. International
Journal of Remote Sensing 33:276-286.
Bakker, V. J., J. K. Baum, J. F. Brodie, B. G. Dickson, H. K.
Gibbs, O. P. Jensen, P. B. McIntyre, and A. K. Solomon. 2010. The changing landscape
of conservation science funding in the United States. Conservation Letters
Hurteau, S. R., T. D. Sisk, B. G. Dickson, and W. M. Block. 2010.
Variability in nest success, occupancy, and home range size of western
bluebirds after forest treatments. Forest Science 56:131-138.
Buckland, S. T., R. E. Russell, B. G. Dickson, V. Saab, and W.
Block. 2009. Analyzing designed experiments in distance sampling. Journal of
Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 14:432-442.
Dickson, B. G., E. Fleishman, D. S. Dobkin, and S. R. Hurteau.
2009. Relationship between avifaunal occupancy and riparian vegetation in the
central Great Basin (Nevada, U.S.A.). Invited. Restoration Ecology 17:722-730.
Dickson, B. G., B. R. Noon, C. H. Flather, S. Jentsch, and W. M.
Block. 2009. Quantifying the multi-scale response of avifauna to prescribed
fire experiments in the southwest United States. Ecological Applications
McRae, B. H., B. G. Dickson, T. H. Keitt, and V. B. Shah. 2008.
Using circuit theory to model connectivity in ecology, evolution, and
conservation. Ecology 89:2712-2724.
Dickson, B. G., and P. Beier. 2007. Quantifying the influence of
topographic position on cougar (Puma concolor) movement in southern California,
USA. Journal of Zoology 271:270-277.