Nicholas Van Lanen
A Wisconsin native, I graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. Since 2001, I have worked on avian research projects in seven U.S. states spanning a variety of topics including breeding, stop-over, migratory, and wintering population status and behavior of songbirds, raptors, and gamebirds. In addition, I spent eighteen months as an interpretive naturalist on the Georgia coast. I returned to school in 2008 and in the spring of 2010 received a M.S. from Colorado State University for research investigating the potential competitive interaction between Northern Spotted and Barred Owls. After graduate school I started working for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies as a full-time Biologist where I continue to work today. My Biologist duties at the Bird Conservancy include program development, conservation delivery, data analyses, and reporting while I oversee avian monitoring efforts throughout Wyoming and in Idaho for the Bird Conservancy. I joined the Aldridge lab in the fall of 2016 with the hope of obtaining a PhD in Ecology while exploring bird-habitat relationships for avian species occurring in the pinyon/juniper and sagebrush ecotone. Through this effort, I hope to develop a landscape-scale management plan to maximize both sagebrush-obligate and pinyon/juniper-associated species throughout the range of the Greater Sage-grouse. In my free time, I enjoy most outdoor activities including, but not limited to, cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, backpacking, hiking, and gardening. In addition, I enjoy cooking, brewing beer, and playing guitar poorly.