Ron Moen
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Ron Moen, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

Ron Moen

Position and Focus

Research interests include vertebrate studies, ecology and mammalogy. Recent research projects studied the effects of moose browsing on forests, tracking the Canada lynx in Minnesota and teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


Ph.D., 1995. University of Minnesota, Wildlife Conservation.
M.S., 1988 University of Minnesota, Wildlife
B.S., 1984 Cornell University, Division of Biological Sciences, Plant Physiology, Minor

Current Publications

  • 7: VanderWaal, K L, Windels, S K, Olson, B T Vannatta, T & Moen, R A. 2014. Spatial epidemiology of liver fluke and meningeal worm in white-tailed deer in northern Minnesota, USA. Parasitology In press
  • 7: Robinson, S J, Neitzel, D F, Moen, R A, Craft, M E, Hamilton, K E, Johnson, L B, Mulla, D J, Munderloh, U G, Redig, PT, Smith, K E, Turner, C L Umber, J K & Pelican, K M. 2014. Disease Risk in a Dynamic Environment: The Spread of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Minnesota, USA. EcoHealth in press
  • 7: Olson, B, Windels, S K Fulton, M & Moen, R A. 2014. Fine-Scale Temperature Patterns in the Southern Boreal Forest: Implications for the Cold-Adapted Moose. Alces 50:105--120.
  • 7: McGraw, A M Terry, J & Moen, R A. 2014. Pre-Parturition Movement Patterns and Birth Site Characteristics of Moose in Northeast Minnesota. Alces 50:93--103.
  • 7: Cyr, T, Windels, S K Moen, R A & Warmbold, J. 2014. Diversity and abundance of terrestrial gastropods in Voyageurs National Park: Implications for risk of individual moose to Parelaphostrongylus tenuis infection. Alces 50:121--132.
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    Project list for Ronald Moen :

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    Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Northern Forest Ecosystems in the Great Lakes National Parks
    The overall goal is to identify likely vegetation changes from the present to ~ 2100 for the ‘Northwoods’ group of parks in the Great Lakes Region (Voyageurs NP, Grand Portage NM, Isle Royale NP, Apostle Islands NL, St.Croix SWR, Pictured Rocks NL and Sleeping Bear Dunes NL), for low and high future warming scenarios. This set of parks is close to the southern margin of the boreal biome, and/or the prairie-forest border, and therefore the potential loss of boreal species and forest species are a primary concern.

    Riverine Turtle Telemetry
    This proposal represents an overall coordinated response to the MN DNR RFP on riverine turtles. According to the RFP project overview, “The overall work requested in this RFP is to assess how riverine turtles in Northeast Minnesota respond to variously planned conservation efforts in the project area and to lay down to the extent possible a base effort for long term turtle population monitoring and population sustainability assessments.” Our proposal addresses a single turtle species, the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) that could also be adapted to other turtle species in the future. Following is our rationale for focusing on this species, and for pursuing an integrated research approach.

    Moose Habitat Restoration in Northeastern Minnesota
    The northeastern Minnesota moose population, with over 7,000 moose in 2005, declined to less than 5,000 moose in 2012 and a point estimate of < 3,000 in 2013. The research in this proposal addresses one management response to the decline: improving moose habitat. This project will evaluate techniques for moose habitat restoration and develop best practices guidelines for creating moose foraging habitat efficiently and cost-effectively. In this project we will also evaluate moose foraging habitat created after large scale natural disturbances such as forest fires and wind storms.

    Deer-Moose Interaction Project
    Moose (Alces alces) in northeast Minnesota declined from about 8,800 animals in 2006 to 2,800 in 2013. Factors potentially causing the moose population to decline in northeast Minnesota include white-tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and associated diseases, vector borne diseases and parasites, habitat quality and nutritional condition, climate change, and predation. What has yet to be examined, and what will be addressed in this project, is the direct effect of habitat restoration efforts on browse response as well as the indirect effect of deer response to moose habitat restoration.

    Deer-Wolf-Moose Interactions in Northeastern Minnesota
    There are two main objectives for this project. We seek to increase understanding of the effect that wolves have on moose in Minnesota using predation site analysis, habitat use locations from GPS collars, and activity data. We also will develop a “risk map” quantifying spatial variation in infection risk for P. tenuis and F. magna. This map will serve as a tool to accurately predict where parasite transmission between deer and moose is most likely. Maps will be based on deer space use (determined through GPS collars) and environmental factors. Separate risk maps will be created for P. tenuis and F. magna.

    American Marten Habitat Use
    The objective of this research project is to study habitat selection of American marten, a furbearer species sensitive to anthropogenic landscape modifications.