My work is focused on understanding how spatial patterns in the environment influence ecological processes, with emphasis in population biology and conservation of birds. I earned my MSc from Kansas State University, where I developed statistical models that quantify the effects of habitat area, fragmentation, and matrix quality on settlement patterns of declining grassland bird species in eastern Kansas (thesis available here). In September 2017 I will begin my PhD at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, studying the roles of habitat quality and availability in maintaining dispersal networks and metapopulation stability of waterfowl on the country's South Island.
Herse, M.R., K.A. With, and W.A. Boyle, in review. Core habitat versus total habitat per se for conservation of a threatened species along a landscape-fragmentation gradient. Journal of Applied Ecology
Herse, M.R., M.E. Estey, P.J. Moore, B.K. Sandercock, and W.A. Boyle, in review. Landscape context determines settlement patterns of an enigmatic grassland songbird. Landscape Ecology
Herse, M.R. 2016. Diet and behavior of extralimital Western Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypogea) in tallgrass prairie. Southwestern Naturalist 61: 341-348. Journal
Winder, V.L., M.R. Herse, L.M. Hunt, A.J. Gregory, L.B. McNew, and B.K. Sandercock. 2016. Patterns of nest attendance by female Greater Prairie-Chickens in northcentral Kansas. Journal of Ornithology 157: 733-745. Journal
Herse, M.R., and J.M. Ray. 2014. A review and correction of data on a poorly known leaf litter snake, Trimetopon slevini (Dunn, 1940), from Panama, including additional data on defensive behaviours. Herpetology Notes 7: 359-361. Open access