Research Personnel

Nathan M. Tarr 2017-07-06T14:47:28+00:00
Nathan Tarr

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Applied Ecology
214 David Clark Labs
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

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Nathan M. Tarr

Research Assistant, Biodiversity and Spatial Information Center, NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


2008 – M.S., North Carolina State University
2000 – B.A., Guilford College

Research Interests

I am interested in the synthesis, analysis, and application of information on species-habitat relationships and distributions for wildlife conservation and management. My work has included measuring the effects of off-road vehicle traffic on shorebird habitat use and behavior; identifying spatial and temporal trends in bird abundance on a barrier island during fall migration; writing habitat conservation recommendations for planners and developers; exploring patterns in potential losses and gains in wildlife habitat resulting from anticipated bioenergy production in North Carolina; and synthesizing data for coarse-scale maps of terrestrial wildlife habitat in the United States as part of the USGS National Gap Analysis Program. I have also contributed to projects that examined the use of urban greenways by breeding and migrating birds, mapped landbird migration stopover sites with radar imagery, and assessed methods to improve the accuracy and precision of auditory bird surveys. I seek opportunities to employ sampling design concepts, geospatial and statistical analyses, scientific programming, and database development in ways that provide context and answers for conservation and management questions.

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Selected Publications

Tarr, N.M., Rubino, M.J., Costanza, J., McKerrow, A., Collazo, J., and R. Abt. Potential gains and losses in avian and amphibian habitat from bioenergy. GCB Bioenergy, submitted.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. 2012. Conservation recommendations for priority terrestrial wildlife species and habitats in North Carolina.

Tarr, N.M., Simons, T.R., and K. H. Pollock. 2010. An experimental assessment of vehicle disturbance effects on migratory shorebirds. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(8):1776-1783.