Dr. Herzog is a Wildlife Biologist at the Dixon Field Station. His expertise and interests are in quantitative analysis of ecological data with specific emphasis in avian systems and the estimation of demographic parameters. Dr. Herzog also develops statistical tools and programs used in the analysis of demography and life history.
Before joining USGS, Mark was the co-Director of the Informatics Division at PRBO Conservation Science, where he lead the development of quantiative techniques for the analysis of avian data, and helped create the highly successful California Avian Data Center.
Within his current position, at USGS, Mark leads the quanitiative analysis of avian ecology research being performed throughout the western United States by USGS Dixon Field Station staff. He has developed a number of technical statistical programs (primarily in the R programming language) that can be used to estimate demographic and population parameters such as survival, nest survival, nest success, and densities of avian populations. He is also leading efforts to examine the climatic impacts on avian demographic paramaters in order to better understand and predict future changes that will occur to avian populations due to ongoing climate change.
August 2002 University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences
Dissertation: “Variation in growth of black brant goslings on Yukon Kuskokwim Delta”
April 1995 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003
M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Thesis: “Role of Gizzard Shad in New Mexico Reservoirs”
April 1992 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (double major)
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:
2010 – present U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Davis Field Station; Wildlife Biologist.
2007 – 2010 PRBO Conservation Science; Division Director, Informatics & Coordinator, Climate Change Initiative.
2004 – 2007 PRBO Conservation Science; Program Director, San Francisco Bay Research.
2004 PRBO Conservation Science; Postdoctoral Researcher
2001 – 2004 Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Nevada Reno; Research Associate/Post-Doc.
1995 – 2001 Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Research Assistant.
1992 – 1995 Department of Fishery and Wildlife Science, New Mexico State University; Research Assistant