Gerber, Brian D.
Office: 109 Coastal Institute
Research: Animal Ecology, Conservation Biology, Statistics, Adaptive Management
- Ph.D. (2015), Colorado State University, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
- M.S. (2011), Virginia Tech, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
- B.S. (2004), University of Massachusetts, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- NRS 402, Wildlife Biometrics
Research in Dr. Gerber’s lab primarily focuses on i) the ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, ii), evaluating and developing quantitative approaches for strong inference and prediction, and iii) developing conservation/management support tools through decision theoretic approaches. His own research often focuses on the population ecology and conservation of rare, elusive, or threatened species, including the boreal toad, carnivores and lemurs of Madagascar, Bengal and Amur tiger, Javan rhino, and Gunnison sage-grouse. He is especially interested in developing monitoring strategies that help inform management and conservation decisions; this work includes study’s on sandhill cranes and mule deer. He is generally interested in connecting data with statistical models to make robust inferences. Collaborators include researchers and managers across numerous disciplines, including statistics, disease ecology, and primatology.
- Gerber, BD, Converse, SJ, Crockett, H, Muths, E, Mosher, B, and Bailey, L. Identifying amphibian conservation strategies to reduce disease-associated declines. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12393
- Setash, C, Zohdy, S, Gerber, BD, and Karanewsky, C. 2017. A biogeographical perspective on the variation in mouse lemur density across Madagascar. Mammal Review, 47, 212-229.
- Setiawan, R, Gerber, BD, Rahmat, UM, Daryan, D, Firdaus, AY, Haryono, M, Khairani, KO, Kurniawan, Y, Long, B, Lyet, A, Muhiban, M, Mahmud, R, Muhtarom, A, Purastuti, E, Ramono, WS, Subrata, D, Sunarto, S. 2017. Pre-venting global extinction of the Javan rhino: tsunami risk and future conservation direction. Conservation Letters.
- Seymour, AS, Tarrant, MR, Gerber, BD, Sharp, A, Woollam J, and Cox, R. E ects of El Nino on the population dynamics of the Malay civet east of the Wallace line. Journal of Zoology.
- Farris, ZJ, Gerber, BD, Valenta, K, Rafaliarison, R, Raza mahaimodison, JC, Larney, E, Hariniaina, T, Randriana, Z, Wright, PC, and Chapman, CA. 2017. Threats to a rainforest carnivore community: a multi-year assessment of occu-pancy and co-occurrence in Madagascar. Biological Conservation, 210, 116-124.
- Gerber, BD and Kendall, WL. 2017. Evaluating and improving count-based population inference: A case study from 31 years of monitoring sandhill cranes. Condor: Ornithological Applications, 119, 191-206.
- Converse, SJ, Bailey, LL, Mosher, B, Funk, C, Gerber, BD, and Muths, E. A model to inform management actions as a response to Chytridiomycosis-Associated Decline. EcoHealth, 14, S144-S155.
- Brown, KA, Farris, ZJ, Yesuf, G, Gerber, BD, Rasambainarivo, D, Karpanty, S, Kelly, MJ, Raza mahaimodison, JC, Larney, E, Wright, P, and Johnson, SE. Modeling co-occurrence between toxic prey and na•ve predators in an incipient invasion. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25, 2723-2741.
- Gerber, BD and Kendall, WC. 2016. Considering transient population dynamics in the conservation of slow life-history species: an application to the sandhill crane. Biological Conservation, 200, 228-239.
- Dwyer, JF, Harness, RE, Gerber, BD, Landon, MA, Petersen, P, Austin, D, and Eccleston, D. 2016. Power pole density informs spatial prioritization for mitigating avian electrocution. Journal of Wildlife Management, 80, 634:642.
- Gerber, BD, Kendall, WL, Hooten, MB, Dubovsky, JA, and Drewien, RC. 2015. Optimal population prediction of sandhill crane recruitment based on climate-mediated habitat limitations. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 1299-1310.
- Farris, Z, Gerber, BD, Karpanty, SM, Murphy, A, Andrianjakarivelo V, Ratelolahy, F, and Kelly, M. 2015. When the carnivores roam: temporal partitioning among Madagascar’s native and exotic carnivores. Journal of Zoology, 296, 45-57.
- Gerber, BD and Parmenter, RR. 2015. Spatial capture-recapture model perfor-mance with known small-mammal densities. Ecological Applications, 25, 695-705.
- Kotschwar-Logan, M, Gerber, BD, Karpanty, SM, Justin, S, and Rabenahy, F. Assessing carnivore distribution from local knowledge across a human-dominated landscape in central-southeastern Madagascar. Animal Conservation, 18, 82-91.
- Zohdy, S, Gerber, BD, Tecot, S, Blanco, MB, Wright, PC, and Jernvall, J. 2014. Teeth, sex, and testosterone: Aging in the world’s smallest primate. PLOS ONE,
- Shannon, G, Lewis, J, and Gerber, BD. 2014. Recommended survey designs for occupancy modeling using motion-activated cameras: insights from empirical wildlife data. PeerJ, 2:e532.
- Gerber, BD, Williams, PJ, and Bailey, LL. 2014. Primates and Cameras. Inter-national Journal of Primatology, 35, 841-858.
- Gerber, BD, Ivan, JS, and Burnham, KP. 2014. Estimating the abundance of rare and elusive carnivores from photographic-sampling data when the population size is very small. Population Ecology, 56, 463-470. Editors Choice.
- Schringer, MK, Dwyer, JF, Gerber, BD, Harness, RE, and Pandey, AK. 2013. Marking power lines reduces avian collisions near the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 37, 796-804.
- Tecot, S, Gerber, BD, King, SJ, Verdolin, JL, and Wright, PC. 2013. Risky business: Sex di erences in mortality and dispersal in a polygynous, monomorphic lemur, Milne-Edwards sifaka (Propithecus edwardsi). Behavioral Ecology, 24, 987-996.
- Gerber, BD, Karpanty, SM, and Randrianantenaina, J. 2012. The impact of forest logging and fragmentation on carnivore species composition, density, and occu-pancy in Madagascar’s southeastern rainforests. Oryx, 46, 414-422.
- Gerber, BD, Karpanty, SM, and Randrianantenaina, J. 2012. Activity patterns of carnivores in the rain forests of Madagascar: implications for species coexistence. Journal of Mammalogy, 93, 667-676.
- Gerber, BD, Arrigo-Nelson, S, Karpanty, S, Kotschwar, M, and Wright, PC. 2012. Spatial ecology of the endangered Milne-Edwards sifaka (Propithecus edwardsi): Do logging and season a ect home range and daily ranging patterns? International Journal of Primatology, 33, 305-321.
- Gerber, BD, Karpanty, SM, and Kelly, MJ. 2012. Evaluating the potential biases in carnivore capture-recapture studies associated with the use of lure and varying density estimation techniques using photographic-sampling data of the Malagasy civet. Population Ecology, 54, 43-54.
- Cohen, JB, Gerber, BD, Karpanty, SM, Fraser, JD, and Truitt, BR. 2011. Day and night foraging of Red knots (Calidris canutus) during spring stopover in Virginia, Waterbirds, 34, 352-356.