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Jeffrey R. Dunk, M.S.

Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science and Management

I have been teaching at Humboldt State University since 1993. Over this time I have tried to refine my teaching to more effectively communicate with students. One of my teaching goals is to help students to become critical thinkers. I have found that teaching has made me a much more critical thinker. I believe that faculty members should inspire their students to become better, more responsible, and more engaged citizens, as well as competent professionals in their fields of choice. Nearly a half century ago, Aldo Leopold stated that “one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Time in, and attention to, the landscapes I have lived, worked, and recreated in has proven this to be somewhat true. However, witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication with which so many of our students approach their academic and personal lives is inspirational to me. Similarly, many of the people in the communities of the north coast of California are working hard to reduce and eliminate the wounds Leopold wrote of. Being a part of this university and broader community has taken the “alone” out of the equation. How can we integrate our consideration for people, economies, and the particular ecology of the world’s many locations and move into the future thoughtfully and responsibly? I strive to contribute to the answers.

For much of my career I was a “strict” ornithologist, though often emphasizing the ways that birds interacted with their habitat. In the past six years my research has diversified taxonomically to include terrestrial salamanders and mollusks, carnivores, lichens, bryophytes, and fungi. During this “diversified” time my research has primarily revolved around rare species distributional modeling, assessing species’ habitat associations, and evaluating what factors contribute to hotspots of biological diversity – primarily within the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I also have a study looking at the effects of off-highway vehicles on Northern Goshawks. All of my work has a strong applied aspect. That is, I work closely with land managers to ensure that the research questions that I address are of interest and importance to them.

Contact Information
Specialty Area

Ecology, Rare Species Conservation, Species Distributional Modeling


B.S. Wildlife, Humboldt State University
M.S. Natural Resources, Wildlife Emphasis, Humboldt State University.

Courses Taught

EMP 105 – Natural Resources Conservation
EMP 210 – Public Land Policy and Management
EMP/ENVS 400 – Inscape and Landscape
EMP 420 – Ecosystem Analysis
EMP 430 – Natural Resource Management in Protected Areas
Freshman Interest Group Seminar: Exploring Natural Resources SP 120
Freshman Interest Group Seminar: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources SP 120


ROSENBERG, D. K., R. J. DAVIS, K. J. VAN NORMAN, J. R. DUNK, J. K. SWINGLE, E. D. FORSMAN, AND R. D. HUFF.  2016.  Patterns of red tree vole distribution and habitat suitability: implications for surveys and conservation planning.  Ecosphere 7(12):e01630. 10.1002/ecs2.1630

DUNK, J. R., B. WOODBRIDGE, E. M. GLENN, R. J. DAVIS, K. FITZGERALD, P. HENSON, D. W. LAPLANTE, B. G. MARCOT, B. R. NOON, M. G. RAPHAEL, N. H. SCHUMAKER, AND B. WHITE. 2015.  The Scientific Basis for Modeling Northern Spotted Owl Habitat: A Response to Loehle, Irwin, Manly, and Merrill.  Forest Ecology and Management 358:355-360

ZIELINSKI, W. J., F. V. SCHLEXER, J. R. DUNK, M. J. LAU, AND J. J. GRAHAM.  2015.  A range-wide occupancy estimate and habitat model for the endangered Point Arena mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa nigra).  Journal of Mammalogy 96:380-393.

SCHUMAKER, N. H., A. BROOKES, J. R. DUNK, B. WOODBRIDGE, J. A. HEINRICHS, J. LAWLER, C. CARROLL, AND D. LAPLANTE. 2014.  Mapping sources, sinks and connectivity using a simulation model of northern spotted owls.  Landscape Ecology 29:579-592.

ZIELINSKI, W. J., J. R. DUNK, AND A. N. GRAY.  2012.  Estimating habitat value using forest inventory data: the fisher (Martes pennanti) in northwestern California.  Forest Ecology and Management 275:35-42.

ZIELINSKI, W. J., A. N. GRAY, J. R. DUNK, J. W. SHERLOCK, AND G. E. DIXON.  2010.  Using Forest Inventory and Analysis Data and the Forest Vegetation Simulator to Predict and Monitor Fisher (Martes pennanti) Resting Habitat Suitability.  USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, General Technical Report 232, 31 pp. 

CARROLL, C., D. S. JOHNSON, J. R. DUNK, AND W. J. ZIELINSKI.  2010.  Hierarchical Bayesian spatial models for multispecies conservation planning and monitoring.  Conservation Biology 24:1538-1548.

ZIELINSKI, W. J, J. R. DUNK, J. S. YEAGER, AND D. W. LAPLANTE.  2010.  Developing and testing a Fisher landscape habitat suitability model for interior northern California.  Forest Ecology and Management 260:1579-1591.

CARROLL, C., J. R. DUNK, AND A. MOILANEN.  2010.  Optimizing resiliency of multi-species reserve networks to climate change in the Pacific Northwest, USA.  Global Change Biology 16:891-904.

DUNK, J. R., AND J.J. VAN GELDER-HAWLEY.  2009.  Red tree vole habitat suitability modeling: implications for conservation and management.  Forest Ecology and Management 258:626-634.

ZIELINSKI, W. J., C. CARROLL, AND J. R. DUNK.  2006. Using landscape suitability models to reconcile conservation planning for two key forest predators.  Biological Conservation 133:409-430.

WELSH, H. H., J. R. DUNK, AND W. J. ZIELINSKI.  2006. Developing and applying habitat models using forest inventory data: an example using a terrestrial salamander.  Journal of Wildlife Management 70:671-681.

DUNK, J. R., W. J. ZIELINSKI, AND H. H. WELSH.  2006.  Evaluating reserves for species richness and representation in northern California.  Diversity and Distributions 12:434-442.

ZIELINSKI, W. J., R. T. TRUEX, J. R. DUNK, AND T. GAMAN.  2006.  Using forest inventory data to assess fisher resting habitat suitability in California.  Ecological Applications 16:1010-1025.

STAUFFER, H. B., C. J. ZABEL, AND J. R. DUNK.  2005.  Application of empirical Bayesian statistical analysis to habitat association modeling of the northern spotted owl in California: new statistical methods for wildlife research. In C. J. Ralph and T. D. Rich, Eds. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference.  USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-GTR-191 787-794. 

DUNK, J. R., W. J. ZIELINSKI, AND H. PREISLER.  2004.  Predicting the occurrence of rare mollusks in northern California Forests.  Ecological Applications 14:713-729.

Northern spotted owl habitat models for research and management application in California.  Ecological Applications 13:1027–1040.

SMITH, R. N., S. H. ANDERSON, S. L. CAIN AND J. R. DUNK.  2003.  Nest-site selection and reproductive success of red-tailed hawks.  Journal of Raptor Research 37:219-227.

DUNK, J. R., W. J. ZIELINSKI, J. PERROCHET, K. WEST, J. FORD, K. SCHLICK, AND K. SCHMIDT.  2002.  Distributions of Survey and Manage mollusks in relation to Forest Service land allocation status in northern California.  Northwest Science 76:249-256.

ZABEL, C. J., L. R. ROBERTS, B. R. MULDER, H. B. STAUFFER, J. R. DUNK, K. WALCOTT, M. GERSCH, B. WOODBRIDGE, A. WRIGHT, G. GOLDSMITH, AND C. KECKLER.  2002.  A collaborative approach to adaptive management at a large landscape scale.  Chapter 19.  In, M. Scott, et al., eds. Predicting Species Occurrences in Time and Space: Issues of Scale and Accuracy.  Island Press, Covelo, California.

LAHAYE, W., R. J. GUTIÉRREZ, AND J. R. DUNK.  2001.  Natal Dispersal of the spotted owl in southern California: Dispersal profile of an insular population.  Condor 103:691-700.

STEINBERG, S. L., J. R. DUNK, AND T. A. COMET.  2000. In Hoopa Territory: A guide to natural attractions and human history of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and surrounding areas.  Hoopa Valley Tribal Council.  174 pp.

FITZPATRICK, B. L. AND J. R. DUNK.  1999.  Ecogeographic variation in size of red-tailed hawks in Western North America.  Journal of Raptor Research 33:305:312.

SMITH, R. N., S. L. CAIN, S. A. ANDERSON, J. R. DUNK, AND E. S. WILLIAMS.  1998.  Blackfly induced mortality of Red-tailed Hawks.  Auk 115:368-375

DUNK, J. R. AND W. B. KRISTAN, III.  1997.  Posting and Game Damage Complaints: A Reply to Adkins and Irby.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 25:192-194.

DUNK, J. R., R. N. SMITH, AND S. L. CAIN.  1997.  Nest-site selection and Reproductive Success in Common Ravens.  Auk 114:116-120.

SKONIECZNY, M. F. AND J. R. DUNK.  1997.  Hunting Synchrony in White-tailed Kites.  Journal of Raptor Research 31:79-81.

DUNK, J. R.  White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus).  1995 In Birds of North America, No. 178 (A. Poole, F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, D.C.

DUNK, J. R. AND R. J. COOPER.  1994.  Territory size regulation in Black-shouldered Kites.  Auk 111:588-595.

DUNK, J. R., S. L. CAIN, M. E. REID, AND R. S. SMITH. 1994.  A high breeding density of Common Ravens in northwestern Wyoming.  Northwestern Naturalist 75:70-73. 

DUNK, J. R.  1991.  A selective pole trap for raptors.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 19:208-210.