Drew Tyre

Drew Tyre

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Title Applied Ecology Mission Area Leader and SNR Teaching Coordinator
Address 416 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-4054
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail atyre2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Andrew (Drew) Tyre, professor of wildlife ecology and human dimensions in the School of Natural Resources. I arrived at UNL in 2003.

My main area of interest revolves around helping people to make good wildlife management decisions, especially when very little is known about the wildlife population. We often know particularly little about threatened and endangered species, and we must make many decisions about such species. I like to try and frame these problems to identify "robust" decisions that ensure good outcomes, even when we use inaccurate information.

Drew Tyre flies an aerial camera mounted on a kite to observe lizard habitat in South Austrialia.
Drew flies an aerial camera mounted on a kite to observe lizard habitat in South Australia. Drew operates the camera by a remote control device he holds.

Right now, I'm working on using very simple, "prototype" models of habitat and population dynamics, to guide decisions about habitat management for Interior Least Terns, Piping Plovers, and other threatened and endangered species. I build these models together with small groups of managers and stakeholders to directly incorporate their objectives into the modeling process. By involving the decision makers in the process of predicting the consequences of their decisions, they accept the recommendations emerging from the decision support process much more readily.

Selected Publications

Andrew J. Tyre and Sarah Michaels 2011. Confronting socially generated uncertainty in adaptive management. Journal of Environmental Management 92:1365-1370.   On-Line
Giovanni, M. D., M. Post van der Burg, L. C. Anderson, L. A. Powell, W. H. Schacht, and A. J. Tyre. 2011. Estimating nest density when nest detectability is incomplete: variation in nest attendance and response to disturbance by adult Western Meadowlarks. Condor 113:223-232.
Hiller, T.L., D.R. Etter, J.L. Belant, A. J. Tyre. 2011. Factors Affecting Harvests of Fishers and American Martens in Northern Michigan. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(6):1399-1406.
Jaime McFadden, Tim L. Hiller and Andrew J. Tyre 2011. Evaluating the Efficacy of Adaptive Management Approaches: Is there a Formula for Success? Journal of Environmental Management 92:1354-1359.   On-Line
Max Post van der Burg and Andrew J. Tyre 2011. Integrating info-gap decision theory with robust population management: a case study using the mountain plover. Ecological Applications 21:303-312.   On-Line
Max Post van der Burg, Bartholomew Bly, Tammy VerCauteren and Andrew J. Tyre. 2010. Making better sense of monitoring data from low density species using a spatially explicit modeling approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:47-55.
Quinn, J.E., J. R. Brandle, R. J. Johnson, A. J. Tyre. 2011. Application of detectability in the use of indicator species: A case study with birds. Ecological Indicators 11(5):1413-1418.
David M. Baasch, Andrew J. Tyre, Joshua J. Millspaugh, Scott E. Hygnstrom, Kurt C. VerCauteren (2010) An evaluation of three statistical methods used to model resource selection. Ecological Modelling 221:565-574.
David M. Baasch, Justin W. Fischer, Scott E. Hygnstrom, Kurt C. VerCauteren, Andrew J. Tyre, Joshua J. Millspaugh, James W. Merchant, Jerry D. Volesky (2010) Resource selection by elk in an agro-forested landscape of northwestern Nebraska. Environmental Management. 46:725-737.   On-Line
Justin D. Hoffman, Naikoa Aguilar-Amuchastegui, and Andrew J. Tyre (2010). Use of simulated data from a process-based habitat model to evaluate methods for predicting species occurrence. Ecography 33:656-666.
Max Post van der Burg, Andrew J. Tyre, Larkin A. Powell (2010) Finding the smoothest path to success: model complexity and the consideration of non-linear patterns in nest survival data. Condor 112:421-431.
Tim L. Hiller, J. P. Burroughs, H. Campa, M. K. Cosgrove, B. A. Rudolph, and Andrew J. Tyre. 2010. Sex-Age Selectivity and Correlates of Capture for Winter-Trapped White-Tailed Deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:564-572.
Brigitte Tenhumberg, Andrew J. Tyre, Richard Rebarber (2009) Model complexity affects predicted transient population dynamics following a dispersal event: A case study with Acyrthosiphon pisum. Ecology 90:1878-1890.   On-Line
Frost, C. J., S. E. Hygnstrom, A. J. Tyre, K. M. Eskridge, D. M. Baasch, J. R. Boner, G. M. Clements, J. M. Gilsdorf, T. C. Kinsell, and K. C. Vercauteren. (2009) Probabilistic movement model with emigration simulates movements of deer in Nebraska, 1990-2006. Ecological Modelling 220:2481-2490.   On-Line
Post van der Burg, M., Larkin. A. Powell, and Andrew J. Tyre. (2009). Modelling parasitism rate and parasitism risk: an illustration using a colonially nesting songbird. Journal of Avian Biology 40:263-270.
Don Wardwell, Craig R. Allen, Garry D. Peterson and Andrew J. Tyre (2008). A test of the cross-scale resilience model: functional richness in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems. Ecological Complexity 5(2):165-182
Joan Lubben, Brigitte Tenhumberg, Andrew J. Tyre, Richard Rebarber (2008). Management Recommendations Based on Matrix Projection Models: The Importance of Considering Biological Limits. Biological Conservation. 141, 517-523.
Aly Deines, Ellen Peterson, Derek Boeckner, James Boyle, Amy. Keighley, Joy Kogut, Joan Lubben, Richard. Rebarber, Richard Ryan, Brigitte. Tenhumberg, Stuart Townley, Andrew J. Tyre (2007) Robust population management under uncertainty for structured population models. Ecological Applications 17(8):2175-2138.   On-Line
Andrew J. Tyre, Gregory D. Kerr, Brigitte Tenhumberg, and C. Michael Bull (2007) Identifying mechanistic models of spatial behaviour using pattern-based modelling: an example from lizard home ranges. Ecological Modelling 208:307-316.   On-Line
Robert J. Toonen and Andrew J. Tyre (2007). If larvae were smart: a simple model for optimal settlement behavior of competent larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 349. 43-61.
Scott Field, Patrick O'Connor, Andrew J. Tyre, & Hugh Possingham (2007) Making Monitoring Meaningful. Austral Ecology 32:485-491.
Atte Moilanen, Michael C. Runge, Jane Elith, Andrew J. Tyre, Yohay Carmel, Eric Fegraus, Brendan Wintle, Mark Burgman and Yakov Ben-Haim (2006) Planning for robust reserve networks using uncertainty analysis. Ecological Modelling 199:115-124.   On-Line
Jonathan Rhodes, Andrew J. Tyre, Niclas Jonzen, Clive McAlpine, Hugh Possingham. (2006) Optimising presence/absence surveys for detecting population trends. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(1):8-18.
Brigitte Tenhumberg, Andrew J. Tyre, Katriona Shea & Hugh Possingham. (2004) Linking wild and captive populations to maximize species persistence: optimal translocation strategies. Conservation Biology 18, 1304-1314.
Martin, T.G., Wintle, B.A., Rhodes, J.R., Kuhnert, P.M., Field, S.A., Low-Choy, S.J., Tyre, A.J., Possingham, H.P. (2005) Zero tolerance ecology: improving ecological inference by modelling the source of zero observations. Ecology Letters, 8, 1235 -1246.
Scott Field, Andrew J. Tyre, Hugh P. Possingham. (2005) Optimizing landscape-scale monitoring under economic and observational constraints. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:473-482.   On-Line
Scott Field, Andrew J. Tyre, Niclas Jonzen, Jonathan Rhodes & Hugh Possingham (2004) Minimizing the cost of environmental management decisions by optimizing statistical thresholds. Ecology Letters 7:669-675.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Alberta, Zoology (1991)
  • MS - Simon Fraser University, Behavioral Ecology (1994)
  • PhD - University of Adelaide, Spatial Population Ecology (1999)


  • 2006 – Junior Faculty Award for Research Excellence awarded by Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • The Wildlife Society

Notable Websites

Other Areas of Interest

Statistical ecology, Simulation modeling, Population dynamics/ecology, Ecosystem ecology/resilience, Wildlife ecology/habitat, Structured Decision Making. parapatric boundaries, optimal monitoring strategies, decision making under uncertainty. problem based learning, mathematics in ecology

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Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Fisheries & Wildlife
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations X X BIOS/NRES 450/850
NRES 803 Ecological Statistics X NRES/STAT 803
NRES 850 Biology of Wildlife Populations X X BIOS/NRES 450/850
NRES 898 Special Topics - Ecological Statistics X n/a