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Josh Millspaugh

Josh Millspaugh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

203 ABNR
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-9423

Research centers on the study of vertebrate population ecology at three scales: physiological processes, individual space use and resource selection and population-level dynamics. Many of these topics overlap within individual studies and include several themes. At each scale, he focuses on rigorous development and evaluation of field, laboratory, and statistical methods and application of these methods to help answer important conservation issues. His research has focused on large mammals, but increasingly he works with other taxa to address questions of interest.


  • Millspaugh, J.J., and F.R. Thompson, III, editors. 2009. Models for Planning Wildlife Conservation in Large Landscapes. Elsevier Science, San Diego, California, USA. 674 pages.
  • He, Z., J. Eggert, X. Wen, J. Millspaugh, R. Moll, J. Beringer, and J. Sartwell. 2008. Energy-aware portable video communication system design for wildlife activity monitoring. IEEE Communications: In press.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., R.A. Gitzen, D.S. Licht, S. Amelon, T.W. Bonnot, D.S. Jachowski, D.T. Jones-Farrand, B.J. Keller, C.P. McGowan, M.S. Pruett, C.D. Rittenhouse, and K.M. Suedkamp Wells. 2008. Effects of culling on bison demographics in Midwestern National Parks. Natural Areas Journal: In press.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., J. Sartwell, R.A. Gitzen, R.J. Moll, and J. Beringer. 2008. A pragmatic view of animal-borne video technology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution: In press.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., J.H. Schulz, T. W. Mong, D. Burhans, D. Walters, R. Bredesen, R.D. Pritchert, and D. C. Dey. 2008. Agroforestry and wildlife benefits. In North American Agroforestry, H. E. Garrett and M. Gold, editors. In press.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., J.J. Millspaugh, A.B. Cooper, M. Hubbard, S.L. Sheriff, and R.A. Gitzen. 2008. Modeling resource selection using polytomous logistic regression and kernel density estimates. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 15:39-47.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., J.J. Millspaugh, M.W. Hubbard, S.L. Sheriff, and W.D. Dijak. 2008. Resource selection by translocated three-toed box turtles in Missouri. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:268-275.
  • Skalski, J.R., J.J. Millspaugh, and K.E. Ryding. 2008. Effects of asymptotic and maximum age estimates on calculated rates of population change. Ecological Modelling 212:528-535.
  • Skalski, J.R., R.L. Townsend, L.L. McDonald, J.W. Kern, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2008. Type I errors linked to faulty endangered species classification. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 13:199-220.
  • Suedkamp Wells, K.M., J.J. Millspaugh, M.R. Ryan, and M.W. Hubbard. 2008. Factors affecting home range size and movements of post-fledging grassland birds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120: 120-130.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., T. Burke, G. van Dyk, R. Slotow, B.E. Washburn, and R.J. Woods. 2007. Stress response of working African elephants to transportation and safari adventures. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1257-1260.
  • Moll, R.J., J.J. Millspaugh, J. Beringer, J. Sartwell, and Z. He. 2007. A new ‘view’ of ecology and conservation through animal-borne video systems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22:660-668.
  • Rittenhouse, C.D., J.J. Millspaugh, M.W. Hubbard, and S.L. Sheriff. 2007. Movements of translocated and resident three-toed box turtles. Journal of Herpetology 41:114-120.
  • Ryding, K., J.J. Millspaugh, and J.R. Skalski. 2007. Using time series to estimate the finite rate of population increase from abundance data. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:202-207.
  • Schulz, J.H., R.A. Reitz, S.L. Sheriff, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2007. Attitudes of Missouri small game hunters toward nontoxic shot restrictions. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:628-633.
  • Schulz, J.H., X. Gao, J.J. Millspaugh, and A.J. Bermudez. 2007. Experimental lead ingestion in mourning doves (Zenaida macroura). American Midland Naturalist 158:177-190.
  • Buskirk, S.W. and J.J. Millspaugh. 2006. Metrics of use and availability in studies of resource selection. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:358-366 (Invited).
  • Gitzen, R.A., J.J. Millspaugh , and B.J. Kernohan. 2006. Bandwidth selection for fixed kerne
  • l analysis of animal range use. Journal of Wildlife Management: In press.
  • Millspaugh, J.J., R.M. Nielson, L. McDonald, J.M. Marzluff, R.A. Gitzen, C.D. Rittenhouse, M.W. Hubbard, and S.L. Sheriff. 2006. Analysis of resource selection using utilization distributions. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:384-395 (Invited).
  • Skalski, J.R., K.E. Ryding, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2005. Wildlife Demography: Analysis of Sex, Age, and Count Data. Elsevier Science, San Diego, California, USA. 656 pages.
  • Larson, M.A., F.R. Thompson, III, J.J. Millspaugh, W.D. Dijak, and S.R. Shifley. 2004. Linking population viability, habitat suitability, and landscape simulation models for conservation planning. Ecological Modelling 180:103-118.
  • Marzluff, J.M., J.J. Millspaugh, P. Hurvitz, and M.S. Handcock. 2004. Resource utilization of an avian nest predator: relating resources to a probabilistic measure of animal use. Ecology 85:1411-1427.
  • Millspaugh, J.J. and B.E. Washburn. 2004. Use of fecal glucocorticoid metabolite measures in conservation biology research: considerations for application and interpretation. General and Comparative Endocrinology 138:189-199.
  • Washburn, B.E. and J.J. Millspaugh. 2002. Effects of simulated environmental conditions on fecal glucocorticoid measurements. General and Comparative Endocrinology 127:217-222.
  • Skalski, J.R. and J.J. Millspaugh. 2002. Generic variance expressions, precision, and sampling optimization for the sex-age-kill model of population reconstruction. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:1308-1316.
  • Millspaugh, J.J. and J.M. Marzluff, editors. 2001. Radio Tracking and Animal Populations. Academic Press, San Diego, California, USA. 467 pages.
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