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
Danz, NP, Frelich, LE Reich, PB & Niemi, GJ. 2013. Do vegetation boundaries display smooth or abrupt spatial transitions along environmental gradients? Evidence from the prairie-forest biome boundary of historic Minnesota, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science 24:1129--1140.
Kovalenko, KE, Brady, VJ, Brown, TN, Ciborowski, JJH, Danz, NP, Gathman, JP, Host, GE, Howe, RW, Johnson, LB Niemi, GJ & Reavie, ED. 2013. Congruence of community thresholds in response to anthropogenic stressors in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Freshwater Science
Lapin, C N Etterson, M A & Niemi, G J. 2013. Occurrence of Connecticut Warbler increases with coniferous forest patch size. Condor 115:168--177.
Niemi, GJ. 2013. Review: The Boreal Owl: Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation of a Forest-dwelling Predator. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1075--1076.
Niemi, GJ, Bednar, JD, Condon, EL, Grinde, AR, Harrington, KA, Hoheisel, SM, Joyce, MJ, Panci, HG, Terry, JM Vetter, BJ & Ward, RL. 2013. Book Review: Community Ecology. The Auk 130:817--818.
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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
Establish baseline conditions for restoration locations in the St. Louis River estuary using aquatic macroinvertebrates, aquatic vegetation, and birds. We are also examining the potential for mercury in the estuary sediments to raise concerns for wetland restoration, and how examining estuary circulation patterns may affect restoration sites.
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.
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.
GLEI II - Indicator Testing and Refinement
The GLEI-II project will focus on wetland near shore conditions of the Great Lakes, and consists 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, 3) test and compare analytical techniques to cross-calibrate indicators from concurrent monitoring programs, 4) evaluate cost-effectiveness of indicators,5) implement a data collection, analysis, and reporting system, as well as a map of baseline conditions for the Great Lakes basin based on historical and current monitoring information.