Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Maine. My currently research focuses on the migration ecology of American Woodcock in eastern North America. The most comprehensive synopsis of my dissertation research can be located at woodcockmigration.org.
I am generally interested in population ecology of wildlife, ranging from estimating demographic parameters, building population models, to designing survey and monitoring protocols. To my non-science friends, I get paid to determine how abundant animals are, if there are more or less than there used to be, and the underlying cause. I tend to gravitate to applied research questions with strong management implications.
However, I dabble in and have interests in a other areas, including tropical conservation, R3 programs, forest ecology, and I think fish are pretty cool critters. Outside of the office I can be found in my canoe, playing strategy board games, enjoying some endurance athletic adventure (e.g., running or cycling), attempting to play guitar (it is a humbling experience), or at the local brewery.
In all honestly, my previous and current research experiences are the best examples of what I do now, how well I do it, and what I have done.
Favorite Quote: "Not all who wonder are lost"
Hiking grandfather mountain state park in North Carolina
Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in southeastern Idaho
For my dissertation, I helped to create the Eastern Woodcock Migration Research Cooperative (EWMRC) to study American woodcock migration in eastern North America. I help lead capture and marking of woodcock in 3 Canadian provinces, and 12 states, between 3 universities and numerous non-government organizations. My dissertation chapters focus on using migratory movement date from marked woodcock to evaluate penology and survival during migration.
My masters research focused on studying breeding ecology of Bachman's sparrow in relation to anthropogenic disturbance (e.g., military training) in North Carolina. Other than a few isolated instances where individual birds were negatively affected, we did not find significant effects for the population overall. Military bases provide critical habitat and rare ecosystems that are important for many plants and animals of conservation concern.
(c) Billy Pope Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Fish, A. C., C. E. Moorman, J. M. Schillaci, and C. S. DePerno. 2019. Influence of military training on breeding ecology of Bachman's sparrow. The Journal of Wildlife Management 83:72-79.
Fish, A. C., C. E. Moorman, C. S. DePerno, J. M. Schillaci, and G. R. Hess. 2018. Predictors of Bachman's sparrow occupancy at its northern range limit. Southeastrn Naturalist 17:104-116.
Winiarski, J. M., A. C. Fish, C. E. Moorman, J. P. Carpenter, C. S. DePerno, and J. M. Schillaci. 2017. Nest-site selection and nest survival of Bachman's sparrows in two longleaf pine communities. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119:361-374.
Peterson, S. M., H. M. Streby, G. R. Kramer, A. C. Fish, and D. E. Andersen. 2015. High tech or field techs: radio telemetry is a cost-effective method for reducing bias in songbird nest searching. Condor: Ornithological Applications 117:386-395.
Streby, H. M., S. M. Peterson, C. F. Gesmundo, M. K. Johnson, A. C. Fish, J. A. Lehman, and D. E. Andersen. 2013. Radio-transmitters do not affect seasonal productivity of female golden-winged warblers. Journal of Field Ornithology 84:316-321.
Zenzal, T. J. Jr., A. C. Fish, T. M. Jones, E. A. Ospina, and F. R. Moore. 2013. Observations of mortality and anti-predator behavior of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilocus colubris) during migratory stopover. Southeastern Naturalist 12:N21-N25.