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Justin W. Fischer


Justin W. Fischer is a Wildlife Biologist with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins CO. His area of expertise includes geospatial analysis, spatial modeling, remote sensing, cartography, and GIS and GPS data analysis and management. Recent research activities involve ungulate disease research, testing multiple home range estimators on different animal datasets, examining landscape-level rabies transmission among wildlife, and exploring feral swine damage control strategies.

NWRC Research Project: Management of Ungulate Disease and Damage (MUDD)

Current Research

·         Spatial analysis of wildlife movements and activity patterns

·         Developing ways to reduce disease transmission at the interface between livestock and wild cervids

·         Unmanned aircraft system research


·         M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Natural Resource Science

·         B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Natural Resources

Contact information

·         Address: Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, 4101 LaPorte Ave, Fort Collins CO 80521

·         Telephone: 970-266-6174

·         Fax: 970-266-6157

·         Email: Justin.w.fischer@aphis.usda.gov

Recent Publications


Lavelle, M. J., G. E. Phillips, J. W. Fischer, P. W. Burke, N. W. Seward, R. S. Stahl, T. A. Nichols, B. A. Wunder, and K. C. VerCauteren.  2014.  Mineral licks: motivational factors for visitation and accompanying disease risk at communal use sites of elk and deer. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 36:1049-1061.

Johnson, H.E., J.W. Fischer, M. Hammond, P.D. Dorsey, W.D. Walter, C.A. Anderson, K.C. VerCauteren. 2014.Evaluation of techniques to reduce deer and elk damage to agricultural crops. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38(2):358-365. doi: 10.1002/wsb.408.

Lavelle, M.J., J.W. Fischer, G.E. Phillips, A.M. Hildreth, T.A. Campbell, D.G. Hewitt, S.E. Hygnstrom, and K.C. VerCauteren. Assessing risk of disease transmission: Direct implications for an indirect science. Bioscience 64(6):524-530. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu055.


King, D. T., B. L. Goatcher, J. W. Fischer, J. Stanton, J. M. Lacour, S. C. Lemmons and G. Wang.  2013.  Home ranges and habitat use of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Waterbirds 36:494-500. doi: 10.1675/063.036.0406.

Fischer, J.W., T.A. Nichols, G.E. Phillips, and K.C. VerCauteren. 2013. Procedures for identifying infectious prions after passage through the digestive system of an avian species. Journal of Visualized Experiments 81: e50853, doi:10.3791/50853.

Fischer. J.W., W.D. Walter, and M.L. Avery. 2013. Brownian bridge movement models to characterize birds' home ranges. The Condor 115(2):298-305. doi: 10.1525/cond.2013.110168.

Fischer, J.W., G.E. Phillips, T.A. Nichols, and K.C. Vercauteren. 2013. Could avian scavengers translocate infectious prions to disease-free areas initiating new foci of chronic wasting disease? Prion 7(4): 263-266. doi:10.4161/pri.25621.

Franklin A.B., K.C. VerCauteren, H. Maguire, M.K. Cichon, J.W. Fischer, M.J. Lavelle, A. Powell, J.J. Root, E. Scallan. 2013. Wild Ungulates as Disseminators of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Urban Areas. PLoS ONE 8(12):e81512 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081512.

Ramey, C. A., K. W. Mills, J. W. Fischer, R. G. McLean, K.A. Fagerstone, and R. M. Engeman. 2013. Graphically characterizing the movement of a rabid striped skunk epizootic across the landscape in northwestern Wyoming. EcoHealth 10(3):246-256. doi: 10.1007/s10393-013-0853-3.

Fischer, J.W., W.D. Walter, and M.L. Avery. 2013. Brownian bridge movement models to characterize birds' home ranges. The Condor 115(2):298-305. DOI: 10.1525/cond.2013.110168

Thomas, J.F., R.M. Engeman, E.A. Tillman, J.W. Fischer, S.L. Orzell, D.H. Glueck, R.K. Felix, and M.L. Avery. 2013. Optimizing line intercept sampling and estimation for feral swine damage levels in ecologically sensitive wetland plant communities. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20:1503-1510. DOI 10.1007/s11356-012-1004-z.

Walter, W.D., J.W. Fischer, C.W. Anderson, D.R. Marks, T. DeLiberto, W. Robbe-Austerman, K.C. VerCauteren. 2013. Surveillance and movements of Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in the bovine tuberculosis region of Michigan. Epidemiology and Infection 141: 1498-1503. doi: 10.1017/S0950268813000629.

Walter, W. D., J. W. Fischer, T. J. Frink, S. E. Hygnstrom, J. A. Jenks, and K. C. VerCauteren.  2013.  Topographic home range of large mammals:  is planimetric home range still a viable method?  Prairie Naturalist 45:21-27.








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