TJ Fontaine

TJ Fontaine

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Title Assistant Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit
Address 420 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0984
Phone 402-472-0339
FAX 402-472-2722
E-mail jfontaine2@unl.edu
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Hi, my name is TJ Fontaine. I am a wildlife ecologist and one of two assistant unit leaders for the U.S. Geological Survey - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Prior to coming to UNL in January 2009, I was a research specialist for the USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station at the University of Arizona.

My research interests include both theoretical and applied aspects of wildlife ecology, and are generally focused on behavioral and life history responses of individuals and populations to natural and human induced perturbations to their environment. To date, this has included research examining the effects of juvenile mortality on avian life history evolution, ecological factors predicting song expression in breeding birds, habitat relationships in both breeding and migratory birds, the impact of human recreation on avian distribution and demography, and most recently climate change impacts on migratory birds. In all of my research I aim to improve our knowledge and understanding of natural systems, in the hopes of facilitating sound, scientifically based management actions that aid in the long-term viability of wildlife populations.

Selected Publications

Fontaine, J., C.F. Jorgensen, E. Stuber, Lutz F. Gruber, A. Bishop, J. Lusk, E. Zach, and K.L. Decker. 2017. Species distribution models in wildlife planning: agricultural policy and wildlife management in the Great Plains. Wildlife Society Bulletin – in press.
Laskowski, J., C. Gillespie, L. Corral, A. Oden, K. Fricke, and J.J. Fontaine. Teaching animal habitat selection using wildlife tracking equipment. Science Activities 53:147-154. Online
Simonsen, V.L and J.J. Fontaine. 2016. Landscape context influences nest survival in a Midwest grassland. J. Wildlife Management 80:877-883. Online
DeBoer, J.A., J.J. Fontaine, C.J. Chizinski, and K.L. Pope. 2015. Masked expression of life-history traits in a highly variable environment. Great Plains Research 25:25-38. Online
Fontaine, J.J., R.J. Stutzman, and L.Z. Gannes. 2015. Leaps, chains, and climate change for western migratory songbirds. Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. 3-15 Online
Stutzman, R.J., and J.J. Fontaine. 2015. Shorebird migration in the face of climate change: potential shifts in migration phenology and resource availability. Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. 145-159. Online
Jorgensen, C.F., L.A. Powell, J.J. Lusk, A.A. Bishop, and J.J. Fontaine. 2014. Assessing landscape constraints on species abundance: Does the neighborhood limit species response to local habitat conservation programs? PLos One 9:e99339 Online
Jorgensen, C.F., R.J. Stutzman, L.C. Anderson, S.E. Decker, L.A. Powell, W.H. Schacht and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Choosing a DIVA: a comparison of emerging digital imagery vegetation analysis techniques. Applied Vegetation Science 16:552-560. Online
van Riper, C., J.W. van Wagtendonk and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Great gray owls (Strix nebulosa) in Yosemite National Park: On the importance of food, nesting snags, and human disturbance. Natural Areas Journal 33:286-295. Online
Allen, C.R., J.J. Fontaine, and A.S. Garmestani. 2012. Ecosystems, adaptive management. Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. 3342-3357. Online
Decker, K.L., C.J. Conway, and J.J. Fontaine. 2012. Nest predation, food, and female age explain seasonal declines in clutch size. Evolutionary Ecology 26:683-699. Online
Robertson, B.A., R.A. Rice, T.S. Sillett, C.A. Ribic, B.A. Babcock, D.A. Landis, J.R. Herkert, R.J. Fletcher, Jr., J.J. Fontaine, P.J. Doran, and D.W. Schemske. 2012. Are agrofuels a conservation threat or opportunity for grassland birds in the United States? Condor 114:679-688. Online
Allen, C.R., J.J. Fontaine, K.L. Pope and A.S. Garmestani. 2011. Adaptive management for a turbulent future. J. Environmental Management 92:1339-1345. Online
Fontaine, J.J. 2011. Improving our Legacy: Incorporation of adaptive management into state wildlife action plans. J. Environmental Management 92:1393-1398. Online
Fontaine, J.J., E. Arriero, H. Schwable, and T.E. Martin. 2011. Nest predation and circulating corticosterone levels within and among species. Condor 113:825-833. Online
Skagen, S.K., J.J. Fontaine, R.J. Stutzman, V. Steen, C. Melcher, J. Stamm, G. Clow, M. Anderson, P. Norton, N. Niemuth, J.M. Friedman, R. Gleason, and B. Tangen. 2011. Avian conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains: Understanding the links between climate, ecosystem processes, wetland management, and bird communities. USGS Fact Sheet FS11-3030. Online
Fontaine, J.J. 2010. Changing climates and the incorporation of adaptive management into our state wildlife action plans. Trans. N. Am. Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference 75:171-172 Online
Robertson, B.A., R.L. Hutto and J.J. Fontaine 2010. Evaluating food availability and nest predation as sources of bias in aural bird surveys. J. Field Ornithology 81:420-429. Online
Fontaine, J.J. and C. van Riper. 2009. A Neotropical Migrant Birds Dilemma-Where to Stop for a Good Meal. USGS Fact Sheet 2009-3038. Online
Fontaine, J.J. and K.L. Decker. 2009. Exploring predation and animal coloration through outdoor activity. Science Activities 45:3-7. Online
Fontaine, J.J., K.L. Decker, S. Skagen and C. van Riper. 2009. Spatial and temporal variation in climate change: A bird's eye view. Climatic Change 97:305-311 Online
McGrath, L.J., C. van Riper, and J.J. Fontaine. 2009. Flower power: Tree flowering phenology as a settlement cue for migrating birds. J. Animal Ecology 78:22-30. Online
Robertson, B.A., J.J. Fontaine and E. Loomis. 2009. Seasonal patterns of song structure variation in a suboscine passerine. Wilson J. Ornithology 121:815-818. Online
van Riper, C., III, K. Paxton, C.J. van Riper, K.A. van Riper, L. McGrath, and J.J. Fontaine. 2008. The role of protected areas as bird stop-over habitat. Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World. 312-320. Online
Auer, S.K., R.D. Bassar, J.J. Fontaine, and T.E. Martin. 2007. Breeding biology of passerines in a subtropical montane forest in Northwestern Argentina. Condor 109:321-333. Online
Fontaine, J.J., M. Martel, H.M. Markland, A.M. Niklison, K.L. Decker and T.E. Martin. 2007. Testing ecological and behavioral correlates of nest predation. Oikos 116:1887-1894. Online
Fontaine, J.J., S.C. Stier, M.L. Maggio and K.L. Decker. 2007. Schoolyard microclimate. Science Teacher 74:38-42. Online
Fontaine, J.J., and T.E. Martin. 2006. Habitat selection responses of parents to offspring predation risk: an experimental test. American Naturalist 168:811-818. Online
Fontaine, J.J., and T.E. Martin. 2006. Parent birds assess nest predation risk and adjust their reproductive strategies. Ecology Letters 9:428-434. Online
Martin, T.E., R.D. Bassar, S.K. Bassar, J.J. Fontaine, P. Lloyd, H. Mathewson, A. Niklison, and A. Chalfoun. 2006. Life history and ecological correlates of geographic variation in egg and clutch mass among passerine species. Evolution 60:390-398. Online
Martin, T.E., P.R. Martin, C.R. Olson, B.J. Heidinger, and J.J. Fontaine. 2000. Parental care and clutch sizes in North and South American birds. Science 287:1482-1485. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Montana, Wildlife Biology (1997)
  • PhD - University of Montana, Wildlife Biology (2006)

Awards

  • 2/2/13 – Wildife Conservationist of the Year awarded by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Agroecosystem Ecolgoy
  • Avian Ecology
  • Climate Change
  • Ecophysiology
  • Habitat Selection
  • Hunting
  • K-12 Natural Resource Education
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Life History Evolution
  • Popluation Dynamics

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Comprehensive Evaluation of the Nebraska Outdoor Enthusiast
Starting Date 1/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Chris Chizinski
Co-PIs
TJ Fontaine
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 1/31/2019
Funding Level $293,372.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Swift Fox Citizen Science
Starting Date 4/7/2016
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 6/30/2017
Funding Level $60,670.00
Funding Source Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

 
Grant Title Assessing the Effects of Habitat Incentive Programs and Public Access Programs on Pheasant Population Dynamics and Hunter Harvest
Starting Date 8/1/2015
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2017
Funding Level $346,320.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Working with Rural Students to Document Swift Fox on Nebraska Ranches
Starting Date 6/9/2015
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Jenny Dauer
Ending Date 6/30/2018
Funding Level $258,757.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title Pheasant Population and Hunters
Starting Date 8/1/2014
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2017
Funding Level $462,384.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Wind and Wildlife Project
Starting Date 8/21/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2016
Funding Level $142,894.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Quail Physiological Ecology
Starting Date 5/1/2014
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Gwendolyn Bachman
Ending Date 5/31/2019
Funding Level $299,686.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Swift Fox Distribution
Starting Date 7/1/2014
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $96,888.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Roads

 
Grant Title Hunter Survey
Starting Date 4/1/2014
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Dustin Martin
Ending Date 12/31/2016
Funding Level $1,240,600.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Playas for Migratory Waterbirds (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/1/2013
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 10/31/2016
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Swift Fox Connectivity
Starting Date 10/1/2013
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $114,644.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title CRP Assessment
Starting Date 8/1/2013
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $100,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Spatial and Temporal Habitat Suitability of Ephemeral Playas for Migratory Waterbirds
Starting Date 8/1/2013
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 10/31/2016
Funding Level $50,941.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Canid Distribution and the Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Nebraska
Starting Date 4/5/2013
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 3/31/2015
Funding Level $147,349.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Pheasant Population and Hunters (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $181,099.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Persistent Effects of Wind-Power Development on Prairie Grouse in Nebraska
Starting Date 1/19/2012
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Mary Bomberger Brown
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 6/30/2016
Funding Level $598,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Pheasant Population and Hunters
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 8/31/2012
Funding Level $224,283.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Upland Bird Management (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/8/2011
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $2,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Avian Conservation in Prairie Pothole Region (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2010
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 9/30/2012
Funding Level $84,000.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Assessing Landscape Constraints on Habitat Management of Upland Birds (additional funding)
Starting Date 1/1/2010
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 1/31/2013
Funding Level $90,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Adaptive Management for Nebraska Legacy Program Goals
Starting Date 9/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2012
Funding Level $200,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Avian conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, northern Great Plains: understanding the links between climate, ecosystem processes, wetland management, and bird communities
Starting Date 12/31/2009
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2011
Funding Level $109,000.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Upland Birds Habitat Management
Starting Date 1/1/2010
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Tim Hiller
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $153,844.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Human Dimensions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 898 Special Topics X NRES 496
NRES 898 Special Topics: Ecological Theory X n/a