Brett G. Dickson
Assistant 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.
Dickson, B. G., S. E. Sesnie, E. Fleishman, and D. S. Dobkin. In
press. Identification of habitat and assessment of habitat quality for
conservation of terrestrial animals. Invited chapter in L. Craighead and C.
Convis, eds., Conservation planning: Shaping the future. Esri Press, Redlands,
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.