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Rick Golightly, Ph.D.

Adjunct Senior Associate,
Wildlife Ecology

Dr. Rick Golightly is a noted avian and mammal ecologist with 40 years of experience. He specializes in the ecology of marbled murrelets and common murres. Rick has conducted extensive research into the behavior and ecology of marbled murrelets, both at sea and in nesting (old-growth forest) habitats. He uses his research results to inform the management and mitigation of impacts on murrelets ranging from potential wind turbine strikes to oil spills to the impact of national park activities on nesting success. Rick has also conducted investigations of canids, including coyotes and kit foxes, felids, ursids, fishers, and marten in the western United States. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers in more than 20 different scientific journals and has been the presenting author or coauthor for more than 200 technical paper presentations.

Rick received Ph.D. and M.S. in zoology from Arizona State University and a B.S. in biology from the University of California, Irvine.

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