I have experience designing surveys, estimating population parameters, simulating population dynamics, and modeling habitats for grouse, shorebirds, songbirds, and Florida manatees. I apply structured decision-making to help natural resource managers and prioritize decision-relevant uncertainties for research investments. I manage the Forest Wildlife Research Group for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; the group is responsible for surveys and research for game species in the forested portions of Minnesota.
Kouffeld, M. J., M. A. Larson, and R. J. Gutiérrez. 2013. Selection of landscapes by male ruffed grouse during peak abundance. Journal of Wildlife Management 77(6):1192–1201.
McGowan, C. P., M. C. Runge, and M. A. Larson. Incorporating parametric uncertainty into population viability analysis models. Biological Conservation 144(5):1400–1408.
Larson, M. A., J. J. Millspaugh, and F. R. Thompson, III. 2008. A review of methods for quantifying habitat in large landscapes. Pages 225–250 in J. J. Millspaugh and F. R. Thompson, III, editors. Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes. Academic Press, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.
Shifley, S. R., F. R. Thompson, III, W. D. Dijak, M. A. Larson, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2006. Simulated effects of forest management alternatives on landscape structure and habitat suitability in the Midwestern United States. Forest Ecology and Management 229:361–377.
Larson, M. A., F. R. Thompson, III, J. J. Millspaugh, W. D. Dijak, and S. R. Shifley. Linking population viability, habitat suitability, and landscape simulation models for conservation planning. Ecological Modelling 180(1):103–118.