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Richard EricksonRichard Erickson

Position title: Quantitative Ecologist

Phone: 608.781.6353
Fax: 608.783.6066

2013, Ph.D., major: Environmental Toxicology, minor: Mathematics, Texas Tech University
2009, M.S., major: Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University
2007, B.S., major: Wildlife Ecology and Biology, minor: Chemistry, University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point

Primary Activities:
I develop new mathematical and statistical models to understand the natural world, how we affect it, and how it affects us. I also seek to develop models that can be used to help guide conservation and resource management. My primary research now focuses on developing models to monitor and understand invasive species, but I am active in a wide range of projects ranging from studying wind energy development's impacts on wildlife to estimating long term trends of aquatic biota on the Mississippi River. 

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R. A. Erickson, E. A. Eager, J. C. Stanton , J. A. Beston, J. E. Diendorfer , W. E. Thogmartin. Assessing local population vulnerability to wind energy development with branching process models. Accepted to Ecoshpere.

D. Li, R. A. Erickson, S. Tang, X. Li, Z. Niu, X. Wang, H. Liu, and H. Yu. Structure and spatial patterns of macrobenthic community in Tai Lake, a large shallow lake, China. Accepted to Ecological Indicators.

Bigorgne, Emilie, Thomas W. Custer, Paul M. Dummer, Richard A. Erickson, Natalie Karouna-Renier, Sandra Schultz, Christine M. Custer, Wayne E. Thogmartin, and Cole W. Matson. 2015. "Chromosomal damage and EROD induction in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) along the Upper Mississippi River, Minnesota, USA." Ecotoxicology: 1-12.

Russell, R. E., Thogmartin, W. E., Erickson, R. A., Szymanski, J., & Tinsley, K. 2015. Estimating the short-term recovery potential of little brown bats in the eastern United States in the face of White-nose syndrome. Ecological Modelling314, 111-117.

Diffendorfer, James E., Julie A. Beston, Matthew D. Merrill, Jessica C. Stanton, Margo D. Corum, Scott R. Loss, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Douglas H. Johnson, Richard A. Erickson, and Kevin W. Heist. 2015. Preliminary methodology to assess the national and regional impact of US wind energy development on birds and bats. No. 2015-5066. US Geological Survey.

Erickson, R. A., Thogmartin, W. E., Russell, R. E., Diffendorfer, J. E., & Szymanski, J. A. 2014. A stage-structured, spatially explicit migration model for Myotis bats: Mortality location affects system dynamics. Letters in Biomathematics1(2), 157-172.

Erickson, R. A., Presley, S. M. 2014. Climate change and mosquito control: An example with the Asian tiger mosquito. Wing Beats. 25: 35-38.

Erickson, R. A., Cox, S. B., Oates, J. L., Anderson, T. A., Salice, C. J., & Long, K. R. 2014. A Daphnia population model that considers pesticide exposure and demographic stochasticity. Ecological Modelling275, 37-47.

Russell, R. E., Tinsley, K., Erickson, R. A., Thogmartin, W. E., & Szymanski, J. 2014. Estimating the spatial distribution of wintering little brown bat populations in the eastern United States. Ecology and Evolution4(19), 3746-3754.

Erickson, R. A., Thogmartin, W. E., & Szymanski, J. A. 2014. BatTool: an R package with GUI for assessing the effect of White-nose syndrome and other take events on Myotis spp. of bats. Source Code for Biology and Medicine,9(9).

C. Bell, V. Acosta-Martinez, R. Erickson, M. Loik, D. Tissue, J. Zak. Microbial community responses to 7-years of altered precipitation: impacts of climate change on a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. Global Change Biology 20 (5), 1657-1673.

T. A. Anderson, C. J. Salice, R. A. Erickson, S. T. McMurry, S. B. Cox, and L. M. Smith. 2013. Effects of landuse and precipitation on levels of historically used oraganochlorines and currently used pesticides in playas on the Southern High Plains. Chemosphere. 92:84-90

R. A. Erickson, K. Hayhoe, S. M. Presley, L. J. S. Allen, K. R. Long, and S. B. Cox. 2012. Potential impacts of climate change on the ecology of dengue and its mosquito vector the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Environmental Research Letters. 7 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/034003

R. A. Erickson, R. A. Erickson, P. V. Targonski, S. B. Cox, J. R. Deming, J. W. Mold. 2012. Does the “office nurse” level of training matter in the family medicine office? Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 25:854-861

V. Acosta-Martinez, M. M. Mikha, K. Sistani, P. Stahlman, J. Benjamin, M. Vigil, R. Erickson. 2011. Multi-location study of soil enzyme activities as affected by different manure types, rates and tillage application practices. Agriculture 1:4-21.

R. A. Erickson, S. M. Presley, L. J. S. Allen, K. R. Long, and S. B. Cox. 2010. A temperature dependent Aedes albopictus dengue model. Ecological Modelling 221:2899-2908.

R. A. Erickson, S. M. Presley, L. J. S. Allen, K. R. Long, and S. B. Cox. 2010. A stagestructured, Aedes albopictus population model. Ecological Modelling 221:1273-1282.

R. A. Erickson. Variations among Student Chapters of The Wildlife Society. Journal of Wildlife Management: 72:575-579.

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