Ross Hall, Room 202
Mail Stop 436

Mailing Address

University of Nevada, Reno/MS 0436
Reno, NV 89557-0192
Phone: (775)784-8262
Fax: (775)784-8261


Michael Collopy

Michael CollopyCo-Director, Walker Basin Project


University of California, June 1972, B.A. (Biological Sciences)
Santa Barbara, California

Humboldt State University, August 1975, M.S. (Wildlife Management)
Arcata, California

University of Michigan, September 1980, Ph.D. (Natural Resources)
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Major Academic and Research Interests:

Mike Collopy retired as the Executive Director of the Academy for the Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015. In this capacity he was responsible for strengthening the interdisciplinary research and education focus of environmental programs throughout the university. Prior to working at UNR (1991-2001), Collopy served as Director of a federal research laboratory (currently known as the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center) headquartered at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Oregon. Before that, he was on the faculty of the Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences at the University of Florida (1980-1991; Chair from 1987-1991).

Throughout his career, Collopy has directed research on the behavior, habitat requirements, and ecology of a variety of avian species, particularly birds of prey. Collopy is particularly interested in helping both undergraduate and graduate students develop the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully compete for positions in academia and natural resource management/conservation.

Select Publications:

Collopy, M. W., J. Cannell, S. Daniels, D. Dippon, E. Gaar, B. Mulder, C. Philpot, J. Steffenson, and F. Swanson. 1993. Implementation and adaptive management. Chapter VIII. In Forest Ecosystem Management: An ecological, economic, and social assessment. Final
Report of the Forest Ecosystem Management Assessment Team (FEMAT), pp. VIII: 1-54.

Bormann, B. T., P. G. Cunningham, M. H. Brookes, V. W. Manning, and M. W. Collopy. 1994. Adaptive ecosystem management in the Pacific Northwest. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR- 341. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 22p. (PDF)

Lancia, R. A., C.E. Braun, M. W. Collopy, R. D. Dueser, J. G. Kie, C. J. Martinka, J. D. Nichols, T.
D. Nudds, W. R. Porath, and N. G. Tilghman. 1996. ARM! For the future: adaptive
resource management in the wildlife profession. Wildlife Society Bulletin 24:436-442. (PDF)

Kochert, M. N., and M. W. Collopy. 1998. Relevance of research to resource managers and
policy makers. Pp. 423-430 In J. M. Marzluff and R. Sallabanks (eds.). Avian Conservation: Research and Management. Island Press, Washington, D.C. 563 pp.

Lint, J., B. Noon, R. Anthony, E. Forsman, M. Raphael, M. Collopy, and E. Starkey. 1999.
Northern spotted owl effectiveness monitoring plan for the Northwest Forest Plan. Gen.
Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-440. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Pacific Northwest Research Station. 43p. (PDF)

Jodice, P.G.R.*, and M. W. Collopy. 2000. Activity patterns of marbled murrelets in old-growth
Douglas-fir forests of the Oregon Coast Range. Condor 102:275-285. (PDF)

Dreitz, V.J., R.E. Bennetts, B. Toland, W.M. Kitchens, and M.W. Collopy. 2001. Spatial and
temporal variability in nest success of Snail Kites in Florida: A meta-analysis. Condor 103:502-509. (PDF)

Jodice, P.G.R.*, and M. W. Collopy. 2001. Using resampling to assess reliability of audio-visual
survey strategies for Marble Murrelets at inland forest sites. Waterbirds 24:331-344. (PDF)

Dreitz, V.J., R.E. Bennetts, W.M. Kitchens, and M.W. Collopy. 2002. Snail Kite nest success and
water levels: A reply to Beissinger and Snyder. Condor 104:216-221. (PDF)

Meyer, K.D., S.M. McGehee, and M.W. Collopy.  2004.  Food deliveries at Swallow-tailed Kite nests in southern Florida.  Condor 106:171-176. (PDF)

McIntyre, C.L.* and M.W. Collopy. 2006. Postfledging dependence period of migratory Golden
Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Auk 123:877-884. (PDF)

McIntyre, C.L.*, M.W. Collopy, J.G. Kidd, A.A. Stickney, and J. Paynter. 2006. Characteristics
of the landscape surrounding Golden Eagle nests in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Journal of Raptor Research 40:46-51. (PDF)

McIntyre, C.L.*, M.W. Collopy, and M.S. Lindberg. 2006. Survival probability and mortality of
migratory juvenile golden eagles from interior Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:717-22. (PDF)

Brown, J.L.*, M.W. Collopy, E.J. Gott, P.W. Juergens, A.B. Montoya, and W.G. Hunt. 2006.
Wild-reared aplomado falcons survive and recruit at higher rates than hacked falcons in a common environment. Biological Conservation 131:453-458. (PDF)

Lammers, W.M.* and M.W. Collopy. 2007. Effectiveness of avian predator perch deterrents on
electric transmission lines. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2752-2758. (PDF)

Brown, J.L.* and M.W. Collopy. 2008. Nest site characteristics affect nest-survival rates of
northern aplomado falcons (Falco femoralis septentrioonalis). Auk 125:105-112. (PDF)

McIntyre, C.L.*, D.C. Douglas, and M.W. Collopy. 2008. Movements of golden eagles (Aquila
chrysaetos) from interior Alaska during their first year of independence. Auk 125:214-224. (PDF)

Smallwood, J.A. and M.W. Collopy. 2009. Southeastern American Kestrels respond to an increase in the availability of the nest cavities in northcentral Florida. Journal of Raptor Research 43:291-300. (PDF)

Briggs, C.W.*, B. Woodbridge, and M.W. Collopy. 2010. Temporal morph invariance of Swainson's Hawks. Journal of Raptor Research 44:70-73. (PDF)

Briggs, C.W.*, B. Woodbridge, and M.W. Collopy. 2010. Inheritance patterns of plumage morph in Swainson's Hawks. Journal of Raptor Research 44:232-235. (PDF)

*graduate student of M.W. Collopy


Service to Professional Societies and Associations:

Raptor Research Foundation, Inc.

  • Past-President (1996-1999)
  • President (1994-1995)
  • President-Elect (1993)
  • Vice President (1991-1993)
  • Member-at-large, Board of Directors (1984-1991, 1999-present)
  • Meetings organized: Northern Spotted Owl Symposium at Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA (1992); Joint Meeting between RRF and World Working Group on Birds of Prey in Veracruz, Mexico (1989); Annual Meeting in Gainesville, Florida (1986)
  • Resolutions Committee, Chair (1983-1987)
  • Conservation Committee, Member (1996-1997)

Society for Conservation

  • Biology Board of Governors (1998-2001)

The Wildlife Society, Inc.

  • Technical Review Committee on Wildlife Research (1992-1993)
  • Committee on Support of Symposia and Conferences (1997-1998)

Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society

  • Chairman, Resolutions Committee (1981-1982)
  • Member-at-large, Board of Directors (1983-1985)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Florida Chapter (1985-1987)
  • Chairman, Nominations Committee (1987-1989)

Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society

  • Nongame Committee, Southeastern Section (1981-1982)

Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

  • Advisor, University of Florida Student Chapter (1980-1987)

International Council for Bird Preservation - U.S. Section

  • Delegate to ICBP from Raptor Research Foundation (1989-1991)

International Osprey Foundation

  • Chairman, Advisory Council (1983-1988)

Membership in Professional Societies

American Ornithologists' Union (elected Member in 1985; Fellow in 2002)
British Ornithologists' Union (elected Member in 1988)
Waterbird Society
Cooper Ornithological Society
Northeastern Bird-banding Association
Pacific Seabird Group
Raptor Research Foundation, Inc.
Society for Conservation Biology

University of Nevada, Reno
Sustainability Committee, Co-Chair (2008-present)
Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (2006- 2008)
Energy and Environment Committee, Chair (2005-2008)
Tahoe Science Consortium

  • Peer Review Committee, Member (2006-present)
  • Lake Tahoe Working Group, Member (2006-present)
  • Committee of Scientists, Member (2005-present)
  • Lake Tahoe Science and Management Integration Team, Member (2005-present)

Academic Leadership Council (2004-2009)
University Planning Council (2003-2005)
Campus Master Planning Committee, Member (2004)
Faculty Senate, CABNR Representative (2002-2004)
Faculty Senate Executive Board, Member (2003-2004)
Leadership Development Committee, Member (2003-2004)
Earth Institute Ad Hoc Review Committee, Faculty Senate liaison (2004)
Joint Appointment Task Force, Member (2003-2004)

Meetings organized:

  • Northern Spotted Owl Symposium at Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA (1992)
  • Joint Meeting between Raptor Research Foundation and World Working Group on Birds of Prey in Veracruz, Mexico (1989)
  • Annual Meeting in Gainesville, Florida (1986)
  • Raptor Research Foundation Conservation Committee, Member (1996-1997)