Richard Harris

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Richard Harris

Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation


Selected Publications

Selected publications

Van Manen, F.T., M. R. Ebinger, M.A. Haroldson, R.B. Harris, M.D. Higgs, S. Cherry, G.C. White, and C.C. Schwartz. 2014. Re-evaluation of Yellowstone grizzly bear population dynamics not supported by empirical data:  Response to Doak & Cutler. Conservation Letters 7: 323-331.

Harris, R.B., J. K. Zhou, Y.Q. Ji, K. Zhang, Y.H. Yang and D. Yu. 2014. Evidence that the Tibetan fox is an obligate predator of the plateau pika: conservation implications. Journal of Mammalogy 95: 1207-1221.

Harris, R.B., R. Cooney, and N. Leader-Williams. 2013. Application of the anthropogenic Allee effect model to trophy hunting as a conservation tool. Conservation Biology 27: 945–951

Wangdwei, M., B. Steele, and R.B. Harris. 2013. Demographic responses of plateau pikas to vegetation cover and land use in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China. Journal of Mammalogy 94:1077–1086.

Zhang, L., Liu, J.Z., Wang, D.J., Schaller, G., Wu. Y.L., Harris, R.B., Zhang, K.J., and Lü, Z. 2013. Status and distribution of Przewalski’s gazelle (Cetartiodactyla, Bovidae). Mammalian Biology 77: 31-40.

Mace, R.D., D.W, Carney, T. Chilton-Radandt, S.A. Courville, M.A. Haroldson, R.B. Harris, J. Jonkel, M. Madel, T.L Manley, C.C. Schwartz, C. Servheen, J.S. Waller, and E. Wenum. 2012. Grizzly bear population vital rates and trend in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, Montana. Journal of Wildlife Management 76: 119-128.

Harris, R.B., C. C. Schwartz, M. A. Haroldson, and R.D. Mace. 2011. Study design and sampling intensity for demographic analyses of bear populations. Ursus 22: 24-36.

Harris, R.B. 2011. Argali on the Tibetan plateau. 2010. Galemys 22:55-80.

Luikart, G., S.J. Amish, J. Winnie, Jr., A. Beja-Pereira, R. Godinho, F.W. Allendorf and R.B. Harris. 2011. High connectivity among argali from Afghanistan and adjacent countries: a noninvasive assessment using neutral and candidate gene microsatellites. Conservation Genetics 12: 921-31.

Wingard, G.J., R.B. Harris, S. Amgalanbaatar, and R.P. Reading. 2011. Estimating abundance of mountain ungulates incorporating imperfect detection: argali in the Gobi desert, Mongolia. Wildlife Biology 17: 93-101.

Wingard, G.J., R.B. Harris, D.H. Pletscher, D.J. Bedunah, B. Mandakh, S. Amgalanbaatar, and R.P. Reading. 2011. Argali food habits and overlap with domestic livestock in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia. Journal of Arid Environments 75:138-145.

Harris, R.B., D.J. Bedunah, E.T. Yeh, A.T. Smith, and J.M. Anderies. 2010. Determinants of rangeland dynamics on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, China: livestock, wildlife, and pastoralism. Pastoralism 1(2): 325-326.

Harris, R.B., J. Winnie, Jr., S. J. Amish, A. Beja-Pereira, R. Godhino, V. Costa, and G. Luikart. 2010. Argali (Ovis ammon) abundance in the Afghan Pamir using capture-recapture modeling from fecal DNA. Journal of Wildlife Management 74: 668-677.

Harris, R.B. 2010. Rangeland degradation on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau: A review of the evidence of its magnitude and causes. Journal of Arid Environments 74: 1-12.

Hoffmann, M. et al. [numerous authors including R.B. Harris]. 2010. The impact of conservation on the status of the world’s vertebrates. Science 330: 1503-09.

Liu, Q.X., Harris, R.B. and Wang X.M. 2010. Food habits of Tibetan fox (Vulpes ferrilata) in the Kunlun Mountains, Qinghai Province, China. Mammalian Biology 75: 283-286.

Harris, R.B. 2008. Wildlife Conservation in China: Preserving the Habitat of China’s Wild West. M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Armonk, N.Y. 341 pp.

Schipper, J. et al. [numerous authors including R.B. Harris]. 2008. The status of the world's land and marine mammals: diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science 322: 178-179.

Clark, H.O, Jr., D. P. Newman, J. D. Murdoch, J. Tseng, Z.H. Wang, R. B. Harris. 2008. Vulpes ferrilata. Mammalian Species 821:1-6.

Harris, R.B., Z.H. Wang, J.K. Zhou, and Q.X. Liu. 2008. Notes on the biology of the Tibetan fox (Vulpes ferrilata). Canid News 11:1-7,

Harris, R.B. 2008. A rational view of western China’s international hunting. China Nature (Da ziran) 2008(1): 58-63. (in Chinese).

Harris, R.B., G.C. White, C.C. Schwartz, and M.A. Haroldson. 2007. Population growth of Yellowstone grizzly bears: uncertainty and future monitoring. Ursus 18: 167-177.

Harris, R.B. 2006.  Attempted predation on blue sheep Pseudois nayaur by dholes Cuon alpinus. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 103: 95-97.

Harris, R.B., C.C. Schwartz, M.A. Haroldson, and G. C. White.  2006. Trajectory of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear population under alternative survival rates. pp. 45-56 in Schwartz, C.C., M.A. Haroldson, G. C. White, R.B. Harris, S. Cherry, K. A. Keating, D. Moody, and C. Servheen. 2006. Temporal, spatial and environmental influences on the demographics of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.  Wildlife Monographs 161: 1-68.

Schwartz, C.C., R.B. Harris, and M.A. Haroldson. 2006. Impacts of spatial and environmental heterogeneity on grizzly bear demographics in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem: a source-sink dynamic with management consequences. pp. 57-68 in Schwartz, C.C., M.A. Haroldson, G.C. White, R.B. Harris, S. Cherry, K. A. Keating, D. Moody, and C. Servheen. 2006. Temporal, spatial and environmental influences on the demographics of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.  Wildlife Monographs 161: 1-68.

Harris, R.B, A. Ali, and C. Loggers. 2005. Trend monitoring of large mammals: two case studies. Acta Theriologica Sinica 25: 319-325.

Bedunah, D. J. and R.B. Harris. 2005. Observations on changes in Kazak pastoral use in two townships in western China: a loss of traditions. Nomadic Peoples 9: 107-129.

Harris, R.B. 2004. Insights into population dynamics of giant pandas gained from studies in North America. Chinese Journal of Zoology 50: 662-668.

Harris, R.B. and C. O. Loggers. 2004. Status of Tibetan plateau mammals in Yeniugou, China. Wildlife Biology 10: 121-129.

Smith, A.T. and R.B. Harris. 2004. The plateau pika: an irreplaceable member of the Tibetan plateau faunal community. Chinese National Geography April 2004: 138-144 (in Chinese).

Harris, R.B., and K.P. Burnham. 2002. On estimating wildlife densities from line transect data. Acta Zoologica Sinica 48:812–818 (in Chinese).

Harris, R.B. and D.H. Pletscher. 2002. Incentives toward conservation of argali (Ovis ammon): a case study of trophy hunting in western China. Oryx 36: 373-381.

Harris, R.B., W.A. Wall, and F.W. Allendorf. 2002. Genetic consequences of hunting: what do we know and what should we do? Wildlife Society Bulletin 30: 634-643.

Bedunah, D.J., and R.B. Harris. 2002. Past, present & future: rangelands in China. Rangelands 24: 17-22.

Harris, R.B. 2000. Estimating large snag recruitment needs in regeneration timber harvests. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 15:140-146.

Harris, R.B., D.H. Pletscher, C.O. Loggers, and D.J. Miller. 1999. Status and trends of Tibetan plateau mammalian fauna, Yeniugou, China. Biological Conservation 87:13-19.

Harris, R.B. 1999. Abundance and characteristics of snags in western Montana forests. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-31. 19 pp.

Harris, R.B., and S.L. Ma. 1997. Initiating a hunting ethic in Lisu villages, Western Yunnan, China.  Mountain Research and Development 17:171-176.

Harris, R.B.  1996. Approaches to conserving vulnerable wildlife in China: does the colour of cat matter — if it catches mice?  Environmental Values 5:303-334.

Harris, R.B. 1996. Wild ungulate surveys in grassland habitats: satisfying methodological assumptions. Chinese Journal of Zoology 31(2):16-21. (in Chinese).

Harris, R.B. 1995. Ecotourism versus trophy-hunting: incentives toward conservation in Yeniugou, Tibetan Plateau, China. pp. 228-234 in J.A. Bissonette and P.R. Krausman, eds., Integrating people and wildlife for a sustainable future. Proc. 1st International Wildlife Management Congress. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Md.

Harris, R.B. and D.J. Miller. 1995. Overlap in summer habitats and diets of Tibetan plateau ungulates. Mammalia 59:197-212.

Ma, S.L., L.X. Han, D.Y. Lan, W.Z. Ji, and R.B. Harris. 1995.  Faunal resources of the Gaoligongshan region of Yunnan, China: diverse and threatened. Environmental Conservation 22:250-258.

Harris, R.B. 1994. Dealing with uncertainty in counts of mountain ungulates. Proceedings International Snow Leopard Symposium 7:105-111.

Harris, R.B. and G.Q. Cai. 1993. Autumn home range of musk deer in Baizha Forest, Tibetan plateau. Journal Bombay Natural History Society 90:430-436.

Harris, R.B. and L.H. Metzgar. 1993. On some common errors in analysis of age-structured populations. (in Chinese). Acta Theriologica Sinica 13:217-222.

Whitten, K.R., G.W. Garner, F.J. Mauer, and R.B. Harris. 1992. Productivity and early calf survival in the Porcupine caribou herd. Journal of Wildlife Management. 56:201-212.

Harris, R.B. 1991. Conservation prospects for musk deer and other wildlife in southern Qinghai, China.  Mountain Research and Development 11:353-358.

Allendorf, F.W., R.B. Harris, and L.H. Metzgar. 1991. Estimation of effective population size of grizzly bears by computer simulation. pp. 650-654 in Dudley, E.C., ed., The Unity of Evolutionary Biology, Vol. II.  Dioscorides Press, Portland, Ore.

Harris, R.B., and F.W. Allendorf. 1989. Genetically effective population size of large mammals: assessment of estimators. Conservation Biology 3:181-191.

O'Gara, B.W. and R.B. Harris. 1988. Age and condition of deer killed by predators and automobiles. Journal of Wildlife Management. 52:316-320. 

Harris, R.B. and L.H. Metzgar. 1987. Estimating harvest rates of bears from sex ratio changes. Journal of Wildlife Management 51:802-811.

Harris, R.B. and L.H. Metzgar. 1987. Harvest age-structures as indicators of decline in small populations of grizzly bears. International Conference Bear Research and Management. 7:109-116.

Harris, R.B., L.A. Maguire, and M.L. Shaffer. 1987. Sample sizes for simulating minimum viable population size. Conservation Biology 1:72-76.

Harris, R.B. 1986. Reliability of trend lines obtained from variable counts. Journal of Wildlife Management. 50:165-171

Harris, R.B., L.H. Metzgar, and C.D. Bevins. 1986. GAPPS - Generalized Animal Population Projection System - User's manual.  Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Publ., Missoula, MT. 127 pp.

Ream, R.R., R.B. Harris, J. Smith and D. Boyd. 1985. Movement patterns of a lone wolf in unoccupied wolf range, southeastern British Columbia. Canadian Field Naturalist. 99:234-239.

Harris, R.B. and R.R. Ream. 1983.  A method to aid in the discrimination of tracks from wolves and dogs. pp. 120-124 in L. Carbyn, ed., Wolf Management in Canada and Alaska. Canadian Wildlife Service Rep. 45, Ottawa.