Christina Vojta

Associate Director, Landscape Conservation Initiative

Education

Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology, Utah State University 1996
M.S. in Wildland Resource Science, U.C. Berkeley  1981

Contact

Office: Applied Research and Development Building (bldg #56) Suite 130
Phone: 928-523-8283
Email: Christina.vojta@nau.edu

Research Interests

I am fascinated with the challenges of working with diverse agencies and organizations to sustain natural resources and wildlife across large spatial extents.  For that reason, I am pleased to be part of the Landscape Conservation Initiative at NAU, which includes the Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology.  In addition to large landscape research within the Lab, the Landscape Conservation Initiative also provides opportunities for collaborative planning across agencies, and offers novel education experiences that are outside of the traditional university format.  

My early research focused on three primary themes within the field of landscape ecology: the effects of forest fragmentation and habitat loss on the American marten; the influence of landscape pattern on northern goshawk home ranges; and the behavior of landscape metrics under different scenarios of landscape fragmentation. More recently, I have developed broad scale monitoring protocols for wildlife populations and habitat that have become agency standards for the Forest Service.  With a career background that straddles science and management across four federal agencies, I continue to work with land managers on current issues that encompass broad scales.

Publications 

Note: Including those published under my previous name, Hargis

Rowland, M. M. and C.D. Vojta, technical editors.  2013.  Habitat monitoring technical guide.  USDA Forest Service General Technical Report, Washington, DC.

Stetz, J.B., K.C. Kendall, and C.D. Vojta.  2011.  Genetic monitoring for managers: a new online resource.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2:216-219.

Vojta, C. D.  2005.  Old dog, new tricks: innovations with presence-absence information.  Journal of Wildlife Management 69:845-848 (Editor’s introduction to a special section on occupancy modeling)

Woodbridge, B., and C. D. Hargis.   2006.  Northern goshawk inventory and monitoring technical guide.  USDA Forest Service Washington Office General Technical Report GTR-71, Washington, DC.

Hargis, C. D., and B. Woodbridge.  2006.  A design for monitoring northern goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) at the bioregional scale. Studies in Avian Biology 31:274-287.

Hargis, C. D., J. A. Bissonette, and D. L. Turner.  1999.  The influence of forest fragmentation and landscape pattern on American martens.  Journal of Applied Ecology 36:157-172

Hargis, C. D., J. A. Bissonette, and J. L. David.  1998.  The behavior of landscape metrics commonly used in the study of habitat fragmentation. Landscape Ecology 13:167-186.

Hargis, C. D., John A. Bissonette, and John L. David. 1997.  Understanding measures of landscape pattern. Chapter 9 in J. A. Bissonette, editor.  Wildlife and landscape ecology: effects of pattern and scale.  Springer-Verlag, New York.

Hargis, C. D., C. McCarthy, and R. D. Perloff.  1994.  Home ranges and habitats of northern goshawks in eastern California.  Studies in Avian Biology 16:66-74.

Bleich, V. C., C.D. Hargis, J. A. Keay, and J. D. Wehausen.  1991.  Interagency coordination and the restoration of wildlife populations.  Pp. 277-284 in: J. Edelbrock and S. Carpenter, editors.  Natural Areas and Yosemite: prospects for the future.  USDI National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Denver, CO. 

Hargis, C. D. and D. R. McCullough.  1984.  Winter diet and habitat selection of marten in Yosemite National Park.  J. Wildl. Manage. 48:140-146.

Hargis, C. D.  1982.  Winter habitat utilization and food habits of pine martens in Yosemite National Park.  Coop. Nat. Park Res. Studies Unit, Tech. Rep. No. 6.  59pp.