Technical Committee

The NGPJV Technical Committee serves as an advisory group to the NGPJV Management Board and our partners and their science staffs. A key TC role is to assist the NGPJV in developing strategies that improve the biological foundation of NGPJV bird conservation planning efforts.

PURPOSE OF TECHNICAL COMMITTEE:

The committee’s major purposes are:

  • To identify technical issues limiting efficient & effective bird conservation, on-the-ground.
  • To respond to any technical questions posed by the board of directors.
  • To assist the coordinator in annual reporting to the US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • To develop Bird Species Population and habitat conservation objectives and priorities.
  • To identify and prioritize, research, monitoring and other information needs of the NGPJV and recommend appropriate ways to address them.

The Technical Committee is comprised of habitat-management oriented scientists and biologists with expertise in migratory bird science and conservation. The committee includes individuals from universities, federal agencies, state fish and wildlife agencies, and non-governmental organizations. 

 
Meet Our Technical Committee Members
 
Kevin Ellison - (Chair) Grassland Ecologist, World Wildlife Fund Northern Great Plains Program

Jane Austin - Research Biologist, US Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 

Curtis W. Bradbury 
- North Dakota State Biologist, Natural Resources Conservation Service 

John Carlson
- Biologist, Bureau of Land Management
 
Kaylann Carrlson - Ducks Unlimited

Nancy Drilling - Avian Biologist, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Steve Fairbairn
- Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Wildlife
 Program
 
Luke George - Science Director, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Jim Hansen
- Central Flyway Bird Coordinator, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department

Lawrence D. Igl, Ph.D. - 
Research Ecologist, USGS, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 

Sandra Johnson -
Non-game biologist, ND Game and Fish Department

Silka Kempema -
Biologist, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department
 
Neal Niemuth - Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Habitat and Population Evaluation Team

Adam Ryba - Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Habitat and Population Evaluation Team 

Boyd Schulz -
Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Wildlife Program 

Scott Somershoe -  
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6