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About us|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Haub School of Environment
and Natural Resources
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Nicole Korfanta, Haub School of Environment and Natural ResourcesNicole Korfanta, Associate Director

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Wyoming


(307) 766-5306  |  |  Kendall House, Rm 107



PhD Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
MS Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

AB Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Background and expertise

Dr. Nicole Korfanta is the Associate Director of the University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, where she has worked since 2001. In that position, she helps guide the work of the Ruckelshaus Institute and Haub School Academic Programs. Her current research focuses on the demographic effects of habitat fragmentation on a tropical understory bird community in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania. She is also interested in energy development mitigation strategies in sagebrush ecosystems. Nicole currently teaches the Haub School’s graduate capstone course on Environmental Assessment Practice, which uses a case study-based approach to understanding interdisciplinary natural resource challenges.

Selected publications and reports

Korfanta, N. M., W. D. Newmark, M. J. Kauffman. 2012. Long-term demographic consequences of habitat fragmentation to a tropical understory bird community. Ecology 93: 2548-2559.

Barclay, J. H., N. M. Korfanta, M. J. Kauffman.  2011.  Long-term dynamics of a managed burrowing owl colony. Journal of Wildlife Management 75: 1295-1306.

Korfanta, N. M., D. B. McDonald, and T. E. Glenn. 2005. Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) population genetics: A comparison of North American forms and migratory habits. Auk 122: 464-478.

McDonald, D., N.M. Korfanta, and S.J. Lantz. 2004. The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia): a technical conservation assessment. [Online]. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region.

Korfanta, N. M., N. A. Schable, and T. C. Glenn. 2002. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite DNA primers in Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia). Molecular Ecology Notes 2: 584-585.

Buskirk, S. W. and N. M. Korfanta. 2002. Parameter refinement for habitat capability models for the Rocky Mountains. Unpublished report to U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Region 2, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie. 32 pp.

Korfanta, N. M., L. W. Ayers, S. H. Anderson, D. B. McDonald. 2001. A preliminary assessment of Burrowing Owl population status in Wyoming. Journal of Raptor Research 35: 337-343.

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