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Todd Esque

   Research Ecologist

Todd Esque
Las Vegas Field Station
160 N. Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89074
Phone: (702) 564-4506
Fax: (702) 564-4600
Email: tesque@usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey ecologist Todd Esque.
Bio

My research interests are in disturbance ecology with emphasis in areas of community ecology, herpetology, invasive species and fire, habitat restoration, and conservation biology.

My work focuses on understanding how organisms, habitats, and ecosystem processes respond to environmental change, how organisms interact to effect change, and how human-induced changes compare to the natural range of variation in arid systems. Recent work focuses on the synthesis of these experiments into regional analyses of habitat suitability and connectivity in response to global change and other anthropogenic disturbances for use by natural resource managers.

Representative studies include: projects to determine how desert tortoises, Mojave ground squirrels, golden eagles, long-lived plants, and biodiversity will respond to climate change and energy development in a rapidly changing landscape; vegetation change from fires across a 30-year chronosequence in Sonoran desert tortoise habitat; identifying habitat and health relationships for the desert tortoise, and developing a vegetation restoration program for the Mojave Desert.

My projects are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature and I am active in academic research as well as applied problems for public entities in the Department of Interior (Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Department of Defense, State and local governments, and private entities.


RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Arid systems
  • Ecology and conservation biology
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Plant ecology
  • Seed banks and plant demography
  • Invasive species and wildfire
  • Energy development
  • Habitat modeling
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Research design and management


EDUCATION
  • 2004 Ph.D. Ecology Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Nevada, Reno                                                              
  • 1994 M.S. Zoology, Colorado State University
  • 1982 B.A. Biology, Prescott College, Arizona

PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY SOCIETIES AND SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES
  • Ecological Society of America
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Desert Tortoise Council
  • California Native Plant Society
  • American Botanical Society
  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan – science advisory committee 2012
  • BLM – Rapid Ecoregional Assessments – lead reviewer for Mojave and Sonoran Ecoreagions 2013

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Research Ecologist, USGS, Western Ecological Research Center, 1997-Present
  • Station Leader, USGS, St. George Field Station, 1994-1997
  • Research Ecologist, USGS, Mid-continent Ecological Science Center, 1996- 1997
  • Research Ecologist, National Biological Service (Survey), Mid-continent Ecological Science Center, 1993 - 1996
  • Ecologist, Bureau of Land Management, Dixie Resource Area, Utah, 1993 - 1993
  • Research Technician, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 8, Research, Ft. Collins, CO 1986-1993

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