David Payer - Regional Wildlife Biologist

A researcher observing birds through spotting scope.
Dave Payer conducting a Peregrine Falcon survey on the Yukon River,  Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

David C. Payer, DVM, PhD

Regional Wildlife Biologist

Natural Resource Sciences Team

National Park Service - Alaska Region

240 W. 5th Ave.

Anchorage, Alaska 99501
david_payer [at] nps.gov


Education

Ph.D. 1999 Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME

M.S. 1992 Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

D.V.M. 1986 Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.S. 1981 Animal Science (with distinction), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Skills and Interest Areas

Wildlife Ecology, Public Lands Management, One Health (holistic wellness of people, animals, and environment), Leadership and Civility


Professional Experience

2016-Present: Regional Wildlife Biologist, NPS, Anchorage, AK

2015-2016: Coordinator, Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, USFWS, Fairbanks, AK

2001-2015: Supervisory Ecologist, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, USFWS, Fairbanks, AK

2000-2001: Research Biologist, ABR, Inc., Fairbanks, AK

1999-2000: Post-Doctoral Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME

1994-1998: Research Associate /Research Assistant, University of Maine, Orono, ME

1993: Instructor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

1989-1992: Research Assistant/Instructor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

1986-1988: Veterinarian, Valley Veterinary Service, Lee, MA


Selected Professional Activities

  • Provide leadership and support for wildlife and fisheries science in the NPS Alaska Region through mentorship, peer review, and technical assistance (2016-present);
  • NPS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Alaska Region Representative (2016-present);
  • Alternate Head of U.S. Delegation to the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group of the Arctic Council (2014-2016);
  • U.S. Government representative for establishment of a sister protected-areas agreement between Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska and Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve, Changbaishan, China (2013);
  • Assistant Editor, Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: status and trends in Arctic biodiversity. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Arctic Council, Akureyri, Iceland (2009-2013);
  • Northern Alaska State Parks Citizen Advisory Board, Secretary (2005-2008), Vice-Chair (2008-2009);
  • Tanana Valley State Forest (Alaska) Citizens’ Advisory Committee, representing fish and wildlife interests (2001-2005).



Publications

Kwon, E., D. Payer, et al. In revision. Geographic variation in the intensity of phenological mismatch between Arctic shorebirds and their invertebrate prey. Ecological Monographs.


Bulla, M., M. Valcu…D.C. Payer…and 73 others. 2016. Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds. Nature 540:109-113.


Ambrose, S., C. Florian, R.J. Ritchie, D. Payer, and R.M. O’Brien. 2016. Recovery of American Peregrine Falcons along the upper Yukon River, Alaska, 1977-2014. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:609-620.


Hope, A.G., E. Waltari, J.L. Malaney, D.C. Payer, J.A. Cook, and S.L. Talbot. 2015. Arctic biodiversity: increasing richness accompanies shrinking refugia for a cold-associated tundra fauna. Ecosphere 6(9):1-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES15-00104.1


Hope, A.G., E. Waltari, D.C. Payer, J.A. Cook, and S.L. Talbot. 2013. Future distribution of tundra refugia in northern Alaska. Nature Climate Change 3:931-938.


Payer, D.C., A. B. Josefson, and J. Fjeldsa. 2013. Species diversity in the Arctic. Pp. 67-77 in H. Meltofte (ed.), Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: status and trends in Arctic biodiversity. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Arctic Council, Akureyri, Iceland. http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/the-report/chapters/species-diversity


Clement, J.P., J.L. Bengtson, and B.P. Kelly. 2013. Managing for the future in a rapidly changing Arctic. A report to the President. Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska (D.J. Hayes, Chair), Washington, D.C., 59 p. (D. Payer, contributing author) http://www.doi.gov/ppa/upload/Managing-for-the-Future-in-a-Rapidly-Changing-Arctic-2013.pdf


Nolan, M., R. Churchwell, J. Adams, J. McClelland, K.D. Tape, S. Kendall, A. Powell, K. Dunton, D. Payer, and P. Martin. 2011. Predicting the impact of glacier loss on fish, birds, floodplains, and estuaries in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Pp. 49-54 in C.N. Medley, G. Patterson, and M.J. Parker, eds. Proceedings of the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. USGS. Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5169.


Kendall, S., D. Payer, S. Brown, and R. Churchwell. 2011. Impacts of climate change and development on shorebirds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Pp. 91-100 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov, eds. Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho. http://dx.doi.org/10.4080/gpcw.2011.0109

Payer, D., and J. Fox. 2010. An arctic anniversary: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge celebrates 50 years of science. The Wildlife Professional 4(4):68-69.

Payer, D.C. 2009. Rapid climate change is transforming the arctic. Refuge Update 6(2):10-11.

Liebezeit, J.R., S.J. Kendall, S. Brown, C.B. Johnson, P. Martin, T.L. McDonald, D.C. Payer, C.L. Rae, B. Streever, A.M. Wildman, and S. Zack. 2009. Influence of human development on nest survival of tundra birds, Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska. Ecological Applications 19:1628-1644.

Martin, P.D., J.L. Jenkins, F.J. Adams, M.T. Jorgenson, A.C. Matz, D.C. Payer, P.E. Reynolds, A.C. Tidwell, and J.R. Zelenak. 2009. Wildlife response to environmental arctic change (WildREACH): predicting future habitats of arctic Alaska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, Alaska. 128pp. http://archive.arcus.org/alaskafws/

Johnson, J.A., R.B. Lanctot, B.A. Andres, J.R. Bart, S.C. Brown, S.J. Kendall, and D.C. Payer. 2007. Distribution of breeding shorebirds on the arctic coastal plain of Alaska. Arctic 60:277-293.

Brown, S., J. Bart, R.B. Lanctot, J. Johnson, S. Kendall, D. Payer, and J. Johnson. 2007. Shorebird abundance and distribution on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Condor 109:1-14.

Payer, D., and D. Harrison. 2004. Relationships between forest structure and habitat use by American martens in Maine, USA. Pp. 173-186 in Harrison, D., A. Fuller, and G. Proulx, eds. Martens and Fishers (Martes) in Human-Altered Environments: An International Perspective. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., New York, NY, USA.

Payer, D., D. Harrison, and D. Phillips. 2004. Territoriality and home-range fidelity of American martens in relation to timber harvesting and trapping. Pp. 99-114 in Harrison, D., A. Fuller, and G. Proulx, eds. Martens and Fishers (Martes) in Human-Altered Environments: An International Perspective. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., New York, NY, USA.

Proulx, G., K. Aubry, J. Birks, S. Buskirk, C. Fortin, H. Frost, W. Krohn, L. Mayo, V. Monakhov, D. Payer, M. Saeki, M. Santos-Reis, R. Weir, and W. Zielinski. 2004. World distribution and status of the genus Martes in 2000. Pp. 21-76 in Harrison, D., A. Fuller, and G. Proulx, eds. Martens and Fishers (Martes) in Human-Altered Environments: An International Perspective. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., New York, NY, USA.

Payer, D.C., and D.J. Harrison. 2003. Influence of forest structure on habitat use by American marten in an industrial forest. Forest Ecology and Management 179:145-156.

Jorgenson, M.T., J.C. Jorgenson, M. Macander, D. Payer, and A.E. Morkill. 2002. Monitoring of coastal dynamics at Beaufort Lagoon in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Northeast Alaska. Pp. 22-28 in V. Rachold, J. Brown, and S. Solomon, editors. Reports on Polar and Maine Research, Alfred-Wegener-Institut fur Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany.

Payer, D.C., and D.J. Harrison. 2000. Structural differences between forests regenerating following spruce-budworm infestation and clearcut harvesting: implications for marten. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 30:1965-1972.

Payer, D.C., and D.J. Harrison. 1999. Effects of timber harvesting and trapping on population characteristics, habitat selection, and area occupancy by American martens in northern Maine: the Baxter Park study site. Pp. 14-16 In 1999 Annual Report of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. Miscellaneous Report 417. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, University of Maine, Orono, ME.

Payer, D.C. 1999. Influences of timber harvesting and trapping on habitat selection and demographic characteristics of marten. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maine, Orono, ME. 298pp.

Payer, D.C., and D.J. Harrison. 1999. Effects of forest structure on spatial distribution of American marten. Bulletin No. 787. National Council of the Paper Industry for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC. 37pp.

Phillips, D.M., D.J. Harrison, and D.C. Payer. 1998. Seasonal changes in home-range area and fidelity of martens. Journal of Mammalogy 79:180-190.

Payer, D.C., and B.E. Coblentz. 1997. Seasonal variation in California bighorn ram (Ovis canadensis californiana) habitat use and group size. Northwest Science 71:281-288.

Payer, D.C. 1992. Habitat use and population characteristics of bighorn sheep on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Oregon. M.S. Thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. 105pp.