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- BA Yale University, Mathematics and Philosophy
- PhD University of Minnesota, Conservation Biology
My research interests include avian ecology, environmental toxicology, ecological risk assessment, and mathematical modeling. I develop software applications for use in risk assessment for environmental contaminants that integrate knowledge of natural history and ecology. To support model development, I conduct and collaborate on field and laboratory research to fill important knowledge gaps.
Keyel, E.R., M.A. Etterson, G.J. Niemi, D.C. Evers, C.R. DeSorbo, J.C. Hoffman, J.W. Nichols, Y. Li, and F. Nicoletti. 2020. Feather mercury increases with feeding at higher trophic levels in two species of migrant raptors, Merlin (Falco columbarius) and Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus). The Condor: Ornithological Applications 122:1-17.
Custer, C.M., T.W. Custer, M.A. Etterson, P.M. Dummer, D. Goldberg, and J.C. Franson. 2018. Reproductive success and contaminant associations in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) used to assess a Beneficial Use Impairment in U.S. and Binational Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern. Ecotoxicology 27:457–476.
Raimondo, S.R., M.A. Etterson, N. Pollesch, K. Garber, A. Kanarek, W. Lehman, and J. Awkerman. 2018. A Framework for Linking Population Model Development with Ecological Risk Assessment Objectives. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 14: 369–380.
Etterson, M.A., Garber, K. and Odenkirchen, E. 2017. Mechanistic modeling of insecticide risks to breeding birds in North American agroecosystems. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0176998. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176998
Custer, C., Custer, T.W., Dummer, P.W., Etterson, M.A., Thogmartin, W.E., Wu, Q. Kannan, K. Trowbridge, A. and McKann, P.A. 2014. Exposure and effects of perfluorinated compounds in tree swallows nesting in Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 66:120-138.
Etterson, M.A. 2013. Hidden markov models for estimating animal mortality from anthropogenic hazards. Ecological Applications 23: 1915–1925.
Etterson, M.A., S.N. Ellis-Felege, D. Evers, G. Gauthier, J. A. Grzybowski, B.J. Mattsson, L.R. Nagy, B.J. Olsen, C.M. Pease, M. Post van der Burg, and A. Potvien. 2011. Modeling fecundity in birds: conceptual overview, current models, and considerations for future developments. Ecological Modelling 222: 2178– 2190.
Kramer, V., Etterson, M.A., Hecker, M., Murphy, C., Roesijadi, G., Spade, D., Spromberg, J., Wang, M., Ankley, G. 2011. Adverse Outcome Pathways and Ecological Risk Assessment: Bridging to Population Level Effects. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30:64-76.
Jackson, A.K., D.C. Evers, M.A. Etterson, A.M. Condon, S.B. Folsom, J.Detweiler, J. Schmerfeld, and D.A. Cristol. 2011. Mercury exposure affects the reproductive success of a free-living terrestrial songbird, the Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus). Auk 128:759-769.
Current Graduate Students and Projects
- L. Brouellette - Cloacal swabbing as a tool to study diet in migrating raptors using DNA metabarcoding
- E. Pavlovic - Determining natal origins and migratory patterns of raptors using stable isotope analysis (ẟ2H)
- A. Pesano - Determining Subspecies Origins of Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo Jamaicensis) Migrating through Minnesota
- H. Toutonghi - Using high-resolution telemetry to describe daily and seasonal activity and movements of Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) in winter
- I enjoy outdoor recreation and English and American literature, ideally together and with my wife, Julie Etterson.