Tim Hiller

Tim Hiller

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Contact Information

TitleExecutive Director
Faculty RankAdjunct Assistant Professor
Address Off Campus
P.O. Box 4725
Helena MT
  • office: 971-209-8005
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My Story

Hello, I'm Tim Hiller, the Carnivore-Furbearer Program Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UNL School of Natural Resources. My program responsibilities include management of Oregon's mountain lion, black bear, and furbearer populations, and to provide support for our gray wolf management program. My research and management interests include assessing factors related to wildlife harvests, effects of landscape-level land-use changes on wildlife populations, wildlife damage management, and adaptive management approaches. I typically work on topics related to game species (e.g., marten, fisher, upland game birds), but also invasive species (nutria), and threatened and endangered species (e.g., terns, plovers). I currently collaborate with several members of UNL SNR, including Drs. Andrew Tyre, Stephen Vantassel, T.J. Fontaine, and Larkin Powell, and numerous other university faculty members and state agency biologists across the U.S.

I currently serve as an Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin, as an Assistant Editor for the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management News through UNL SNR, and as a staff writer for Fur Taker Magazine. I also serve on many furbearer management committees, including the AFWA U.S. Furbearer Conservation Technical Work Group, and several interagency committees, such as the Lynx-Wolverine Steering Committee and the Coastal Marten Work Group.

I earned my B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, my M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University (research on northern bobwhite ecology in Texas Panhandle), and my Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University (white-tailed deer ecology in fragmented landscape of southern Michigan). I also was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNL SNR, where I worked on numerous research topics prior to my current position at ODFW.

Selected Publications

Hiller, T. L., McFadden, J. E., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. 2019. Seasonal and Interspecific Landscape Use of Sympatric Greater Prairie-Chickens and Plains Sharp-Tailed Grouse. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 43: 244–255.Online
Hiller, T. L., Belant, J. L., Beringer, J., Tyre, R. (2015). Resource selection by recolonizing American black bears in a fragmented forest landscape. Ursus, 26(2), 116–128.Online
Hiller, T. L., J. S. Taylor, J. J. Lusk, L. A. Powell, and A. J. Tyre. 2015. Evidence that the conservation reserve program slowed population declines of pheasants on a changing landscape in Nebraska, USA. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:529-535.Online
Hiller, T. L., Mcfadden-Hiller, J. E., Jenkins, S. R., Belant, J. L., Tyre, R. 2015. Demography, prey abundance, and management affect number of cougar mortalities associated with livestock conflicts. The Journal of Wildlife Management. 79(6):978–988.Online
Bueno, K., Hiller, T. L., Tyre, R. (2013). Modelling the effects of river flow on population dynamics of piping plovers (charadrius melodus) and least terns (sternula antillarum) nesting on the missouri river. River Research and Applications. 30: 964-975.Online
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.Online
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.Online
Hiller, T. L., J. Pusateri Burroughs, H. Campa III, M. K. Cosgrove, B. A. Rudolph, and A. J. Tyre. 2010. Sex-age selectivity and correlates of capture for winter-trapped white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:564–572.
Vantassel, S. V., T. L. Hiller, K. D. J. Powell, and S. E. Hygnstrom. 2010. Using advancements in cable-trapping to overcome barriers to furbearer management in the United States. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:934–939.Online
Hiller, T. L., A. B. Felix, and F. S. Guthery. 2009. Association of northern bobwhites with surface water in the semi-arid Texas Panhandle. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:135–140.Online
Hiller, T. L., and A. J. Tyre. 2009. Investigating active learning strategies in wildlife ecology college courses. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal 53:36–41.Online
Hiller, T. L., H. Campa III, and S. R. Winterstein. 2009. Estimation and implications of space use for white-tailed deer management in southern Michigan. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:021-209.Online
Hiller, T. L., H. Campa III, and S. R. Winterstein. 2009. A multi-scale approach to describe cover selection of white-tailed deer using use-availability data. Canadian Field-Naturalist 123:32–43.Online
Hiller, T. L., L. A. Powell, T. D. McCoy, and J. J. Lusk. 2009. Long-term agricultural land-use trends in Nebraska, 1866–2007. Great Plains Research 19:225–237.Online
Hiller, T. L., and H. Campa III. 2008. Age-specific survival and space use of white-tailed deer in southern Michigan. Michigan Academician 38:101–119.
Hiller, T. L., H. Campa III, S. R. Winterstein, and B. A. Rudolph. 2008. Survival and space use of fawn white-tailed deer in southern Michigan. American Midland Naturalist 159:403–412.Online
Hiller, T. L., F. S. Guthery, A. R. Rybak, S. D. Fuhlendorf, S. G. Smith, W. H. Puckett, Jr., and R. A. Baker. 2007. Management implications of cover selection data: northern bobwhite example. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:195–201.Online
Guthery, F. S., A. R. Rybak, S. D. Fuhlendorf, T. L. Hiller, S. G. Smith, W. H. Puckett, Jr., and R. A. Baker. 2005. Aspects of the thermal ecology of bobwhites in North Texas. Wildlife Monographs No. 159: 1-36.Online
Guthery, F. S., A. R. Rybak, W. R. Walsh, S. D. Fuhlendorf, and T. L. Hiller. 2005. Quantifying usable space for wildlife with use-availability data. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:655–663.Online
Hiller, T. L., and F. S. Guthery. 2005. Microclimate versus predation risk in roost and covert selection by bobwhites. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:140–149.Online
Guthery, F. S., T. L. Hiller, W. H. Puckett, Jr., R. A. Baker, and S. G. Smith. 2004. Effects of feeders on dispersion and mortality of bobwhites. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:1248–1254.Online
Hiller, T. L., and F. S. Guthery. 2004. Correlates of fall–spring mass dynamics of bobwhites. Wilson Bulletin 116:324–329.



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyWildlife EcologyMichigan State University2007
Master of ScienceWildlife EcologyOklahoma State University2004
Bachelor of ScienceFisheries and Wildlife BiologyIowa State University1995




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


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


Grant TitleEffectiveness of a Humane, Non-Lethal Technique for Raccoon Removal from Human-Occupied Structures in Urban Areas
Starting Date03/01/2009


Ending Date12/31/2009
Funding Level$13,758.00
Funding AgencyPest Management Foundation