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Natural Resource Ecology and Management

NREM Faculty - Craig A. Davis

Professor and Bollenbach Chair

477 Agricultural Hall (office)
008C Agricultural Hall (address)
Stillwater, OK 74078

Educational Background
PhD:Ph.D., 1996, Texas Tech University


Research Interests

  • Avian Ecology and Management
  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology
  • Wetland Ecology and Assessment


  • NREM 4403 Wetland Ecology and Management
  • NREM 4524 Wildlife Management Techniques
  • NREM 5403* Advanced Wetland Ecology
  • NREM 5583* Wetland Wildlife Ecology

Recent Publications (since 2005)


  • Carroll, J. M., R. L. Hamm*, J. M. Hagen*, C. A. Davis, and F. S. Guthery.  2016.  Evaluation of leg banding and attachment of radio-transmitters on ring-necked pheasant chicks. Wildlife Biology 22:  Accepted.
  • Carroll, J. M*., C. A. Davis, R. D. Elmore, and S. D. Fuhlendorf.  2016.  Response of northern bobwhite movements to management-driven disturbance in a shrub dominated ecosystem. Rangeland Ecology and Management 69: Accepted.
  • Fuhlendorf, S. D., T. J. Hovick, R. D. Elmore, A. M. Tanner, D. M. Engle, and C. A. Davis. 2016.  A hierarchical perspective to woody plant encroachment for conservation of prairie-chickens.  Rangeland Ecology and Management 69: Accepted.
  • Tanner, E. P.*, R. D. Elmore, C. A. Davis, and S. D. Fuhlendorf.  2016.  Evidence of nest tenacity in Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata) following an anthropogenic disturbance.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:  In press.
  • Tanner, E. P.*, R. D. Elmore, C. A. Davis, S. D. Fuhlendorf, D. K. Dahlgren, E.T. Thacker, and J. P. Orange*.  2016.  Does the presence of oil and gas infrastructure potentially increase risk of harvest in northern bobwhite?  Wildlife Biology 22:  Accepted.
  • Bried, J. T.*, A. M. Siepielski, D. Dvorett, S. K. Jog, M. A. Patten, X. Feng, and C. A. Davis.  2016.  Species residency status affects model selection and hypothesis testing in freshwater community ecology.  Freshwater Biology 61:1568-1579.
  • Bried, J. T.*, S. K. Jog, C. A. Davis, and A. R. Dzialowski.  2016.  Rapid buffer assessment fails to predict and classify wetland floristic quality in Oklahoma.  Wetlands DOI: 10.1007/s13157-016-0786-z.
  • Carroll, J. M.*, C. A. Davis, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and R. D. Elmore.  2016.  Landscape pattern is critical for the moderation of thermal extremes.  Ecosphere 7(7):e01403.10.1002/ecs2.1403.
  • Dvorett, D.*, C. A. Davis, and M. Papes.  2016.  Mapping and hydrologic attribution of temporary wetlands using recurrent Landsat imagery.  Wetlands 36: 431-443.
  • Davis, C. A., R. T. Churchwell*, S. D. Fuhlendorf, D. M. Engle, T. Hovick.  2016.  Effect of pyric herbivory on source-sink dynamics in grassland birds.  Journal of Applied Ecology 53:1004-1012.
  • Orange, J. P.*, C. A. Davis, R. D. Elmore, and S. D. Fuhlendorf.  2016.  Temporary communal brooding in northern bobwhite and scaled quail broods.  Western North American Naturalist 76:122-127.
  • Thacker, E. T., R. L. Hamm*, J. Hagen*, C. A. Davis, and F. Guthery.  2016.  Evaluation of the Surrogator® System to increase pheasant and quail abundance.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 40:310-315.
  • Carroll, J. M.*, C. A. Davis, R. D. Elmore, and S. D. Fuhlendorf.  2015.  A ground-nesting Galliform’s response to thermal heterogeneity:  Implications for ground-dwelling birds. PLoS One:  DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0143676 November 30, 2015


  • Tanner, E. P. *, R. D. Elmore, S. D. Fuhlendorf, C. A. Davis, E. T. Thacker, and D. K. Dahlgren. 2015.  Behavioral responses at distribution extremes:  How artificial surface water can affect quail movement patterns.  Rangeland Ecology and Management  68:476-484.
  • Bried, J. T. *, N. E. McIntyre, A. R. Dzialowski, and C. A. Davis.  2015.  Resident-immigrant dichotomy matters for classifying wetland site groups and metacommunities.  Freshwater Biology 60:2248-2260.
  • Carroll, J. M. *, C. A. Davis, R. D. Elmore, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and E. Thacker.  2015.  Thermal patterns constrain diurnal behavior of a ground-dwelling bird.  Ecosphere:  6(11):222.
  • Albanese, G.*, and C. A. Davis.  2015.  Characteristics within and around stopover wetlands used by migratory shorebirds:  Is the neighborhood important?  Condor  117: 328-340.

  • Smith, J. A., T. W. Matthews, E. D. Holcomb*, L. P. Negus*, C. A. Davis, M. B. Brown, L. A. Powell, and J. S. Taylor.  2015.  Invertebrate prey selection by ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) broods in Nebraska.  American Midland Naturalist 173:318-325.
  • Meyer, Micah, D. *, C. A. Davis, and D. Dvorett.  2015.  Response of wetland invertebrate communities to local and landscape factors in north central Oklahoma.  Wetlands 35:533-546.
  • Andersson, K., C.A. Davis, G. Harris, D.A. Haukos.  2015.  An assessment of nonbreeding waterfowl surveys on National Wildlife Refuges in the Central Flyway.  Wildlife Society Bulletin  39:79-86.

  • Bried, J. T. *, S. K. Jog, A. R. Dzialowski, and C. A. Davis.  2014.  Potential vegetation criteria for identifying reference-quality wetlands in the south-central United States.  Wetlands 34:1159-1169.

  • Orange, J.P.*, C.A. Davis, R.A. Van Den Bussche, S.D. Fuhlendorf, R.D. Elmore, E.T. Thacker, and M.E. Trope.  2014.  Development and characterization of 23 microsatellite loci for scaled quail (Callipepla squamata).  Conservation Genetics Resources  6:929-931.

  • Holcomb, E. D.*, C. A. Davis, and S. D. Fuhlendorf.  2014.  Patch-burn management: implications for conservation of avian communities in fire-dependent sagebrush ecosystems.  Journal of Wildlife Management 78:848-856.

  • Dvorett, D.*, J. Bidwell, C. Davis, and C DuBois. 2013. Assessing natural and anthropogenic variability in wetland structure for two hydrogeomorphic riverine wetland subclasses. Environmental Management 52:1009-1022.

  • Meyer, M. D.*, C.A. Davis, J. R. Bidwell. 2013. Assessment of two methods for sampling invertebrates in shallow vegetated wetlands. Wetlands 33:1063-1073.

  • Davis, C.A., D. Dvorett*, J. R. Bidwell, and M. M. Brinson. 2013. Hydrogeomorphic classification and funtional assessment. Pages 29-68 in J.T. Anderson and C. A. Davis (eds.) Wetland Techniqes: Volume 3: Applications and Mangement. Springer, New York, NY.

  • Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis (eds.). 2013. Wetland Techniques: Volume 1: Foundations. Springer, New York, NY. 459 pp.

  • Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis (eds.). 2013. Wetland Techniques: Volume 2: Organisms. Springer, New York, NY. 332 pp.

  • Anderson, J. T., and C. A. Davis (eds.). 2013. Wetland Techniques: Volume 3: Applications and Management. Springer, New York, NY. 270.

  • Albanese, G., and C. A. Davis. 2013. Broad-scale relationships between shorebirds and landscapes in Southern Great Plains. Auk 130:88-97.

  • Albanese, G., C. A. Davis, and B. W. Compton. 2012. Spatiotemporal scaling of North American continental interior wetlands: implications for shorebird conservation. Landscape Ecology 27:1465-1479.

  • Winter, S. L., S. D. Fuhlendorf, C. L. Goad, C. A. Davis, K. R. Hickman, and D. M. Leslie, Jr. 2011. Topoedaphic variability and patch burning in sand sagebrush shrubland. Rangeland Ecology and Management 64:633-640.

  • Winter, S. L., S. D. Fuhlendorf, C. L. Goad, C. A. Davis, K. R. Hickman, and D. M. Leslie, Jr. 2012. Restoration of the fire-grazing interaction in Artemisia filifolia shrubland. Journal of Applied Ecology 49:242-250.

  • Winter, S. L., S. D. Fuhlendorf, C. L. Goad, C. A. Davis, K. R. Hickman, and D. M. Leslie, Jr. 2011. Prescribed fire temporarily affects structure, but does not affect density of a North American Artemisia (Asteraceae) shrub. Plant Ecology 212:2085-2094.

  • Dvorett, D., J. Bidwell, C. Davis, and C. DuBois. 2012. Developing a hydrogeomorphic wetland inventory: reclassifying national wetlands inventory polygons in geographic information systems. Wetlands 32:83-93.

  • Doxon, E. D., C. A. Davis, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and S. L. Winter. 2011. Aboveground macroinvertebrate diversity and abundance in sand sagebrush prairie managed with the use of pyric herbivory. Rangeland Ecology and Management 64:394-403.

  • Doxon, E. D., C. A. Davis, and S. D. Fuhlendorf.  2011.  Comparison of two methods for sampling invertebrates: vacuum and sweep-net sampling.  Journal of Field Ornithology: 82:60-67.

  • Davis, C. A., D. M. Leslie, Jr., W. David Walter, and A. E. Graber.  2010.  Mountain biking trail use affects reproductive success of nesting golden-cheeked warblers.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:465-474.

  • Negus, L. P., C. A. Davis, and S. E. Wessel.  2010.  Avian response to mid-contract management of Conservation Reserve Program fields.  American Midland Naturalist 164:296-310.

  • Davis, C. A., and J. S. Utrup.  2010.  Response of terrestrial invertebrates to high- and low-diversity grassland restorations in south-central Nebraska.  Restoration Ecology 18:479-488 .

  • Davis, C. A., J. R. Bidwell, and K. R. Hickman.  2009.  Effects of hydrological regimes on competitive interactions of Schoenoplectus fluviatilis and two co-occurring wetland plants.  Aquatic Botany 91:267-272.

  • Riggins, J. J., C. A. Davis, and W. W. Hoback.  2009.  Family-level biodiversity of belowground invertebrates as an indicator of wet meadow restoration success (Platte River, Nebraska). Restoration Ecology 17:495-505.

  • Davis, C. A., and J. R. Bidwell.  2008.  Response of aquatic invertebrates to vegetation management and agriculture.  Wetlands 28:793-805

  • Churchwell, R. C., C. A. Davis, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and D. M. Engle.  2008.  Effects of patch-burn management on dickcissel nest success in a tallgrass prairie.  Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1596-1604.

  • Disney, M. R., E. C. Hellgren, C. A. Davis, D. M. Leslie, Jr, and D. M. Engle.  2008.  Mesopredator relative abundance and size of oak patches in Cross Timbers Ecoregion.  Southwestern Naturalist 53:214-223.

  • Hartzell, D., J. R. Bidwell, and C. A. Davis.  2007.  A comparison of natural and created depressional wetlands in central Oklahoma using metrics from indices of biological integrity.  Wetlands 27:794-805.

  • Utrup, J. S., and C. A. Davis.  2007.  Grassland birds in restored grasslands of the Rainwater Basin Region in Nebraska.  Great Plains Research 17:203-213.

  • Fuhlendorf, S. D., W. C. Harrell, D. M. Engle, R. G. Hamilton, C. A. Davis, and D. M. Leslie, Jr.  2006.  Should heterogeneity be the basis for grassland conservation?  Grassland bird response to fire and grazing.  Ecological Applications 16:1706-1716.

  • Davis, C. A., J. E. Austin, and D. A. Buhl.  2006.  Factors influencing soil invertebrate  communities in riparian grasslands of the central Platte River floodplain.  Wetlands 26:438-454.

  • Graber, A. E., C. A. Davis, and D. M. Leslie, Jr.  2006.  Golden-cheeked warbler males contribute to nest-site selection.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:247-251.

  • Churchwell, R. C., C. A. Davis, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and D. M. Engle.  2005.  Impacts of cattle grazing on grassland nesting birds.  Bulletin of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society 38:25-30.

  • Davis, C. A. 2005.  Breeding bird communities in riparian forests along the central Platte River, Nebraska.  Great Plains Research 15:199-211.

  • Davis, C. A. 2005.  Breeding and migrant bird use of a riparian woodland along the   Platte River in central Nebraska.  North American Bird Bander 30:109-114.

  • Davis, C. A., L. M. Smith, and W. C. Conway.  2005.  Lipid reserves of migrant shorebirds during spring in playas of the Southern Great Plains.  Condor 107:457-462.

  • Davis, C. A. 2003.  Habitat use and migration patterns of sandhill cranes along the Platte River, 1998-2001.  Great Plains Research 13:199-216.