Dr. Gerald Niemi

Gerald Niemi photo

Professional title

Professor/ Emeritus



  • B.S., 1974, University of Minnesota, Biology
  • M.S., 1977, University of Minnesota, Zoology
  • Ph.D., 1983, Florida State University Biology

Curriculum Vitae

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Niemi has been a professor in the Department of Biology since 1988. He was former director of the Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute, UMD from 1988-2008, where he currently also has an appointment as a senior research associate. Jerry has had over 25 graduate students in biology at UMD and holds graduate appointments in the Integrated Biological Sciences (IBS), Conservation Biology, and Chemical Toxicology.


Jerry has maintained an active research program focusing on birds, the loss of biological diversity, Great Lakes ecosystems, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and sustainable natural resources development.  His current projects include 1) bird conservation and management in the Great Lakes region, 2) the Minnesota breeding bird atlas, 3) environmental indicators and thresholds, and 4) predictive models of bird species occurrence relative to human and natural disturbances.

Recent Publications

See http://www.nrri.umn.edu/staff/gniemi.asp


  • BIOL 4763 Ornithology

  • Special topics

Current Graduate Student Project

  • Ryan Steiner, M.S., Integrated Biosciences)

Recently Completed Ph.D. and Master of Science Theses

  • Alexis Grinde, PhD - Integrated Biological Sciences, Metapopulation and metacommunity theory: a framework for determining mechanism of avian biological diversity
  • Hannah Panci, MS - Integrated Biological Sciences, Habitat and landscape factors that influence sedge and marsh wren abundance in Great Lakes coastal wetlands
  • Paul Dolan-Linne, MS – Integrated Biological Sciences, Spatial distribution of breeding warbler
  • Elizabeth Condon, MS - Integrated Biological Sciences, Effect of urbanization on the stopover
  • Ted Keyel, MS - Integrated Biological Sciences
  • Joshua Bednar, MS - Integrated Biological Sciences