Pavlacky, D.C., Jr., P.M. Lukacs, J.A. Blakesley, R.C. Skorkowsky, D. Klute, B.A. Hahn, V.J. Dreitz, T.L. George, D.J. Hanni. 2017. A statistically rigorous sampling design to integrate avian monitoring and management within Bird Conservation Regions. PloS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185924

Powell, J., B. Martin, V.J. Dreitz, and B.W. Allred. 2017. Grazing preferences and vegetation feedback of the fire-grazing interaction in the Northern Great Plains. Rangeland Ecology and Management Online

Golding, J.D., and V.J. Dreitz. 2017. Songbird repsonse to rest-rotation and season-long cattle grazing in a grassland sagebrush ecosystem.  Journal of Environmental Management 204: 605-612.

Golding, J.D., J.J. Nowak, and V.J. Dreitz. 2017. A multispecies dependent double-observer model: A new method for estimating multispecies abundance. Ecology and Evolution; Doi 10: 10. 1002/ece32946

Dreitz, V.J., L.T. Stinson, B.A. Hahn, J.D. Tack, and P.M. Lukacs. 2017. A large-scale perspective for managing prairie avifauna assemblages across the western US: influences of habitat, land ownership and latitudePeerJ 5:e2879; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2879

Donnelly, J.P., J.D. Tack, K.E. Doherty, D.E. Naugle, B.W. Allred, and V.J. Dreitz. 2017. Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide AssessmentRangeland Ecology and Management 70:95-105.

Golding, J.D., and V.J. Dreitz. 2016.  Comparison of removal-based methods for estimating abundance of five species of prairie songbirds.  Journal of Field Ornithology 87:417-426. 

Hauer, F.R, H. Locke, V.J. Dreitz, M. Hebblewhite, W.H. Lowe, et al. 2016. Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes. Science Advances. 2doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1600026 

Reintsma, K.M. 2016. A Novel Approach to Estimate Nest Abundance of Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella brewerii). Senior Thesis - Honor's College.  University of Montana.

Golding, J.D. 2015. Assessing change in Avian Communities. MS Thesis. University of Montana.  

Riordan, M.M., P.M. Lukacs, K.P. Huyvaert, and V.J. Dreitz.  2015.  Evaluating offspring early stage sex ratios in Mountain Plover. Avian Ecology and Conservation [online] URL:

Walsh, D.P., V.J. Dreitz, and D. Heisey.  2015. Integrated survival analysis using an event-time approach in a Bayesian framework. Ecology and Evolution. 5: 769-780, doi: 10.1002/ece3.1399

Stinson, L.T., and V.J. Dreitz. 2014. Within-season nest reuse by Mountain Plovers (Charadrius montanus) in eastern Colorado. Western North American Naturalist 74:130-132.

Dreitz, V.J., R.Y. Conrey, and S.K. Skagen. 2012. Drought and cooler temperatures are associated with higher nest survival in Mountain Plovers. Avian Conservation and Ecology: [online] URL:


(all links are to pdfs)

Fagre, D. and V.J. Dreitz. 2016. Relating Management Activities to Grassland Songbird Abundance on the National Bison Range

Dreitz, V.J., Ruth, K., and L. Berkeley. 2016. Migratory Songbird - Grazing

Dreitz, V.J., Ruth, K., and L. Berkeley. 2016. Effects of Livestock Grazing on Greater Sage-Grouse and Songbirds in Sagebrush Habitat of Central Montana

Janousek, W.M., Hahn, B.A. and V.J. Dreitz. 2015. An assessment of current statewide avian monitoring programs for Montana.

Fagre, D., and V.J. Dreitz. 2015. Relating management activities to grassland songbird abundance on the National Bison Range. Annual Progress Report.

Dreitz, V.J., J. Golding, and A. Harrington. 2015. Assessing land use practices on the ecological characteristics of sagebrush ecosystems: multiple migratory bird responses. Final report.

Dreitz, V.J., and J. Golding. 2014. Assessing land use practices on the ecological characteristics of sagebrush ecosystems: multiple migratory bird responses. Annual Progress Report.

Programming Code

Programming is a necessity to address many of our research questions. Currently we are developing various code from estimating demographics and biodiversity metrics to streamlining 'big data' sets. Check back periodically to see updates on the code we have available.