Center for Water
and the Environment
Gerald Niemi, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Professor
Position and Focus
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Niemi was director of the Center for Water and the Environment from 1988-2008. He now holds an appointment as a senior research associate. He is also a tenured professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jerry has had over 25 graduate students in biology and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota. He holds graduate appointments in the Integrated Biological Sciences, Conservation Biology, and Chemical Toxicology graduate programs. 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 in response to human and natural disturbances.
Ph.D. Biology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1983
M.S. Zoology, University of Minnesota, 1977
B.S. Biology, University of Minnesota, 1974
Scott, R, Hueffmeier, Ryan M, Hale, Cindy M, Host, George E Sjerven, Gerald & Frelich, Lee E. 2013. Earthworm invasions in northern hardwood forests: a rapid assessment method. Natural Areas Journal 33(January):21--30.
Kireta, Amy R, Reavie, Euan D, Sgro, Gerald V, Angradi, Ted R, Bolgrien, David W Hill, Brian H & Jicha, Terri M. 2012. Planktonic and periphytic diatoms as indicators of stress on great rivers of the United States: testing water quality and disturbance models. Ecological Indicators 13:222--231.
Lapin, C N Etterson, M A & Niemi, G J. 2012. Occurrence of Connecticut Warbler increases with coniferous forest patch size. Condor
Niemi, G J. 2012. Boreal birds of North America: a hemispheric view of their conservation links and significance. The American Ornithologists' Union 129:569--570.
Seeland, H, Niemi, G, Regal, R Peterson, A & Lapin, C. 2012. Determination of raptor migratory patterns over a large landscape. Journal of Raptor Research
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Project list for Gerald Niemi :
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Post-burn Bird Surveys at Pagmi River, Superior National Forest
To sample breeding birds (2012-2016) in habitats burned by the Pagami Creek Fire (2011). These data will be used to compare with the breeding communities of both pre-fire samples and areas not affected by the fire.
St. Louis River AOC R2R Support Project - Ecological Monitoring and Assessment
Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring
To assess the biotic condition of all the major coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes, United States and Canadian shorelines.
Lowland Conifer Bird Species in Agassiz Lowlands
The objective of this project is to gather information on breeding bird populations in the Agassiz Lowland subsection of Minnesota. The primary goals are to understand how management of lowland conifer forests is affecting breeding birds as well as to identify how we can improve habitat management for specific target species in these forests.
GLEI II - Indicator Testing and Refinement
The GLEI-II project will focus on wetland near shore conditions of the Great Lakes, and consist of five tasks: 1) Refine coastal ecosystem indicators from previous monitoring programs through calibration against updated landscape/land use information within the entire Great Lakes basin, 2) test the temporal and geographic integrity of existing Great Lakes indicators. Determine scores for a suite of metrics from sites not sampled previously, and test the applicability of metrics across the Great Lakes basin, including Canada, 3) test and compare analytical techniques to cross-calibrate indicators from concurrent monitoring programs, 4) evaluate indicators for cost-effectiveness, 5) implement a data collection, analysis, and reporting system for recommended indicators as well as a web-based reporting system that integrates landscape/land use information systems, and 6) create a map of baseline conditions for the Great Lakes basin based on historical and current monitoring information.
Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas
To complete a systematic count of breeding birds in all townships in the state of Minnesota as part of the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas. The methodology will allow samples to be gathered in the future in a representative and repeatable fashion.