Mark R. Herse

I am an ecologist with research interests in landscape ecology, population biology, and conservation of birds and reptiles.

Following my BSc at Montana State University, I began my career as a field technician, working on various avian research projects led by universities, non-profit organizations, private companies, and government agencies across the USA. For my MSc, I worked in Alice Boyle's research group at Kansas State University where I studied the effects of landscape composition and fragmentation on the occurrence, density, and site-fidelity of threatened grassland birds in agroecosystems. For my PhD, I am now working in Jason Tylianakis’ group at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Here my research is focused on identifying adaptive management strategies that combine western and Indigenous peoples' approaches for conservation, using the black swan as a case example.

Find me on ResearchGate here.


  • PhD in progress (Ecology), University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2017 to present). Adviser: Jason Tylianakis
  • MSc, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kansas State University (2017). Adviser: Alice Boyle
  • BSc, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Montana State University (2010)


  • Lyver P.O'B., Ruru J., Scott N., Tylianakis J.M., Arnold J., Malinen S.K., Bataille C.Y., Herse M.R., Jones C.J., Gormley A.M., Peltzer D.A., Taura Y., Timoti P., Stone C., Wilcox M., & Moller H.M. (2018). Building biocultural approaches into Aotearoa - New Zealand's conservation future. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, in press.
  • Herse M.R., With K.A., & Boyle W.A. (2018) The importance of core habitat for a threatened species in changing landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 2241-2252. Journal
  • Herse M.R., Estey M.E., Moore P.J., Sandercock B.K., & Boyle W.A. (2017) Landscape context drives breeding habitat selection by an enigmatic grassland songbird. Landscape Ecology 32: 2351−2364. Journal
  • Herse M.R. (2016) Diet and behavior of extralimital Western Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypugea) in tallgrass prairie. Southwestern Naturalist 61: 341−348. Journal
  • Winder V.L., Herse M.R., Hunt L.M., Gregory A.J., McNew L.B., & Sandercock B.K. (2016) Patterns of nest attendance by female Greater Prairie-Chickens in northcentral Kansas. Journal of Ornithology 157: 733−745. Journal
  • Herse M.R. & Ray J.M. (2014) A review and correction of data on a poorly known leaf litter snake, Trimetopon slevini (Dunn 1940), from Panama, including additional data on defensive behaviours. Herpetology Notes 7: 359−361. Open access

Manuscripts in prep

  • Herse M.R., With K.A., & Boyle. W.A. Where habitat fragmentation matters for edge-sensitive species. In prep for submission to Biological Conservation.