TJ Fontaine

TJ Fontaine

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Grants

Contact Information

TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor
Faculty RankAdjunct Assistant Professor
Address Off Campus
NE
E-mailjfontaine2@unl.edu
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My Story

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, T. J., Fedele, A. D., Wszola, L. S., Messinger, L. N., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Decker, K. L., Taylor, J. S., Stuber, E. 2019. Hunters and their perceptions of public access: a view from afield. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 10(2): 589Online
Messinger, L. N., Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Fontaine, T. J. 2019. Mortality, perception, and scale: Understanding how predation shapes space use in a wild prey population. PLOS ONE, 14(9), e0222272. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222272Online
Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Fontaine, T.J. 2019. "Multivariate Models and Analyses" in Quantitative Analyses in Wildlife Science, ed. Brennan, L.A., Tri, A.N., Marcot, B.G. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press).
Wszola, L. S., Stuber, E., Chizinski, C., Lusk, J., Fontaine, T. J. 2019. Prey availability and accessibility drive hunter movement. Wildlife Biology, 2019(1).Online
Allen, C., Angeler, D. G., Fontaine, J. J., Garmestani, A. S., Hart, N. M., Pope, K. L., Twidwell, D. (2017). Adaptive management of rangeland ecosystems. In D. D. Briske (Ed.), Rangeland systems: processes, management and challenges (pp. 373-394). New YOnline
Allen, C., Fontaine, J. J. (2017). Employment with the United States Geological Survey.
Fontaine, J.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, 41Online
Fontaine, T. J., Jorgensen, C. F., Stuber, E., Gruber, L., Bishop, A. A., Lusk, J., Zach, E. S., Decker, K. L. (2017). Species Distributions Models in Wildlife Planning: Agricultural Policy and Wildlife Management in the Great Plains. Wildlife Society BulOnline
Gillespie, C. R., Fontaine, T. J. (2017). Shorebird Stopover Habitat Decisions in a Changing Landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management, 81(6), 1051-1062.Online
Laskowski, J., Bachman, G. C., Fontaine, T. J. (2017). Severe drought impacts female pheasant physiology in southwest Nebraska. Prairie Naturalist.
Lute, M., Gillespie, C., Martin, D., Fontaine, T. J. (2017). Landowner and practitioner perspectives on private land conservation programs. Society and Natural Resources.Online
Stuber, E., Gruber, L., Fontaine, T. J. (2017). A Bayesian method for assessing multi-scale species-habitat relationships. Landscape Ecology, 32(12), 2365-2381.Online
Wszola, L. S., Simonsen, V. L., Stuber, E., Gillespie, C. R., Messinger, L. N., Decker, K. L., Lusk, J., Jorgensen, C. F., Bishop, A. A., Fontaine, T. J. (2017). Translating statistical species-habitat models to interactive decision support tools. PLOS ONOnline
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. 3-15Online
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 AmeOnline
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:e99339Online
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 StaOnline
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: UnderstandingOnline
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 75:171-172Online
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 97:305-311Online
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
Wszola, L. N., Simonsen, V. L., Corral, L., Chizinski, C., Fontaine, T. J. (in press). Simulating detection-censored movement records for home range analysis planning. Ecological Modelling 392:Online

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyWildlife BiologyUniversity of Montana2006
Bachelor of ScienceWildlife BiologyUniversity of Montana1997

 

Websites

Grants

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 TitleMonitoring BBSA on TX/LA Gulf Coast (Additional Funding)
Starting Date03/12/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2019
Funding Level$12,966.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Interior

 

Grant TitleMonitoring BBSA on TX/LA Gulf Coast
Starting Date09/18/2017

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2019
Funding Level$14,800.00
Funding AgencyUS Geological Survey

 

Grant TitleHunter Survey (Additional Funding)
Starting Date07/01/2017

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2018
Funding Level$167,086.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleSwift Fox Citizen Science
Starting Date04/07/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2017
Funding Level$60,670.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Educational Telecommunications

 

Grant TitleComprehensive Evaluation of the Nebraska Outdoor Enthusiast
Starting Date01/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/31/2019
Funding Level$293,372.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleAssessing the Effects of Habitat Incentive Programs and Public Access Programs on Pheasant Population Dynamics and Hunter Harvest
Starting Date08/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2017
Funding Level$346,320.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleWorking with Rural Students to Document Swift Fox on Nebraska Ranches
Starting Date06/09/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2018
Funding Level$258,757.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Environmental Trust

 

Grant TitleNebraska Game and Parks Commission Wind and Wildlife Project
Starting Date08/21/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2016
Funding Level$142,894.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePheasant Population and Hunters
Starting Date08/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2017
Funding Level$462,384.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleSwift Fox Distribution
Starting Date07/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2015
Funding Level$96,888.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Roads

 

Grant TitleQuail Physiological Ecology
Starting Date05/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date05/31/2019
Funding Level$299,686.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleHunter Survey
Starting Date04/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2016
Funding Level$1,240,600.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleSwift Fox Connectivity
Starting Date10/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2015
Funding Level$114,644.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePlayas for Migratory Waterbirds (additional funding)
Starting Date08/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/31/2016
Funding Level$40,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleSpatial and Temporal Habitat Suitability of Ephemeral Playas for Migratory Waterbirds
Starting Date08/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/31/2016
Funding Level$50,941.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleCRP Assessment
Starting Date08/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2015
Funding Level$100,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleCanid Distribution and the Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Nebraska
Starting Date04/05/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2015
Funding Level$147,349.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePersistent Effects of Wind-Power Development on Prairie Grouse in Nebraska
Starting Date01/19/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2016
Funding Level$598,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePheasant Population and Hunters (additional funding)
Starting Date09/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2015
Funding Level$181,099.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePheasant Population and Hunters
Starting Date09/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2012
Funding Level$224,283.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleUpland Bird Management (additional funding)
Starting Date08/08/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2012
Funding Level$2,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleAvian Conservation in Prairie Pothole Region (additional funding)
Starting Date09/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2012
Funding Level$84,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 

Grant TitleAssessing Landscape Constraints on Habitat Management of Upland Birds (additional funding)
Starting Date01/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/31/2013
Funding Level$90,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleNebraska Game and Parks Commission Upland Birds Habitat Management
Starting Date01/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2013
Funding Level$153,844.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleAvian conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, northern Great Plains: understanding the links between climate, ecosystem processes, wetland management, and bird communities
Starting Date12/31/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2011
Funding Level$109,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 

Grant TitleAdaptive Management for Nebraska Legacy Program Goals
Starting Date09/01/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2012
Funding Level$200,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission