Brett G. Dickson

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Associate Research Professor and co-Director, Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

Education

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 

Contact

Office: Applied Research and Development Building (bldg #56), suite 220
Phone: 928-523-3592
E-mail: brett.dickson@nau.edu
Personal web page

Research interests

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, Inc., a 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 29:122-132.

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): e0134250.

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.

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. DOI:10.1071/WF13115.

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.

Sankey, T., B.G. Dickson, S.E. Sesnie, O. Wang, A.D. Olsson, and L.J. Zachmann. 2014. High spatial resolution models of Sahara mustard occurrence and cover in the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 80:885-893.

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.

Holcomb, C. M., T. D. Sisk, B. G. Dickson, S. E. Sesnie, and E. N. Aumack. 2012. Administrative boundaries and ecological divergence: the divided history and coordinated future of land management on the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona, USA. Pages 1-20 in C. Van Riper, III, M. L. Villareal, C. J. van Riper, and M. J. Johnson, eds., The Colorado Plateau V: research, environmental planning, and management for collaborative conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

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 22:204-217.

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.

Sesnie, S. E., B. G. Dickson, J. M. Rundall, and T. D. Sisk. 2012. Assessment of mixed conifer forest conditions on the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, USA. Pages 23-41 in C. van Riper, III, M. L. Villareal, C. J. van Riper, and M. J. Johnson, eds., The Colorado Plateau V: research, environmental planning, and management for collaborative conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

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 3:435-444.

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 19:608-621.

Noon, B. R., K. S. McKelvey, and B. G. Dickson. 2009. Multispecies conservation planning on US federal lands. Pages 51-84 in J. J. Millspaugh and F. R. Thompson, III, eds., Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Elsevier, London, UK.

Xu, Y., B. G. Dickson, H. M. Hampton, T. D. Sisk, J. Palumbo, and J. W. Prather. 2009. Effects of mismatches of scale and location between predictor and response variables on forest structure mapping. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 75:313-322.

Breece, C. R., T. E. Kolb, B. G. Dickson, J. D. McMillin, and K. M. Clancy. 2008. Prescribed fire effects on bark beetle activity and tree mortality in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management 255:119-128.

Fowler, J. F., C. H. Sieg, B. G. Dickson, and V. Saab. 2008. Exotic plant species diversity: influence of roads and prescribed fire in Arizona ponderosa pine forests. Rangeland Ecology and Management 61:284-293.

Hurteau, S. R., B. G. Dickson, T. D. Sisk, and W. M. Block. 2008. Avian community responses to forest thinning and prescribed surface fire, alone and in combination. Pages 185-196 in C. van Riper, III and M. Sogge, eds., The Colorado Plateau III: integrating research and resources management for effective conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Hurteau, S. R., T. D. Sisk, W. M. Block, and B. G. Dickson. 2008. Fuel reduction treatment effects on avian community structure and diversity. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1168-1174.

Jentsch, S., R. W. Mannan, B. G. Dickson, and W. M. Block. 2008. Associations among breeding birds and Gambel oak in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:994-1000.

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.

Sesnie, S., S. Hagell, S. Otterstrom, C. Chambers, and B. G. Dickson. 2008. SRTM-DEM and Landsat ETM+ data for mapping tropical dry forest cover and biodiversity assessment in Nicaragua. Invited. Revista Geografica Academic 2:53-65.

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.

Dickson, B. G., J. W. Prather, Y. Xu, H. M. Hampton, E. N. Aumack, and T. D. Sisk. 2006. Mapping the probability of large fire occurrence in northern Arizona, USA. Landscape Ecology 21:747-761.

Hampton, H. M., E. N. Aumack, J. W. Prather, B. G. Dickson, Y. Xu, and T. D. Sisk. 2006. Development and transfer of spatial tools based on landscape ecology principles: supporting public participation in forest restoration planning in the southwestern U.S. Pages 65-95 in A. Perera, L. Buse, and T. Crow, eds., Forest landscape ecology: transferring knowledge to practice. Springer, New York, NY, USA.

Prather, J. W., N. L. Dodd, B. G. Dickson, H. M. Hampton, Y. Xu, E. N. Aumack, and T. D. Sisk. 2006. Landscape models to predict the influence of forest structure on tassel-eared squirrel populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:723-731.

Sisk, T. D., J. W. Prather, H. M. Hampton, E. N. Aumack , Y. Xu, and B. G. Dickson. 2006. Participatory landscape analysis to guide restoration of ponderosa pine ecosystems in the American Southwest. Landscape and Urban Planning 78:300-310.

Xu, Y., J. W. Prather, H. M. Hampton, E. N. Aumack, B. G. Dickson, and T. D. Sisk. 2006. Advanced exploratory data analysis for mapping regional canopy cover. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 72:31-38.

Dickson, B. G., J. S. Jenness, and P. Beier. 2005. Influence of vegetation, topography, and roads on cougar movement in southern California. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:264-276.

Hampton, H. M., E. N. Aumack, J. W. Prather, Y. Xu, B. G. Dickson, and T. D. Sisk. 2005. A spatial decision support system for forest restoration. Pages 47-65 in C. Van Riper, III and D. Mattson, eds., The Colorado Plateau II: biophysical, socioeconomic, and cultural research. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Prather, J. W., H. M. Hampton, Y. Xu, B. G. Dickson, N. L. Dodd, E. N. Aumack, and T. D. Sisk. 2005. Modeling the effects of forest restoration treatments on sensitive wildlife taxa: a GIS-based approach. Pages 69-85 in C. Van Riper, III and D. Mattson, eds., The Colorado Plateau II: biophysical, socioeconomic, and cultural research. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.