Kim Nelson

Oregon State University United States

I am a Research Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The current focus of my research is on the ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically using modeling and habitat data to better understand and help resolve wildlife conservation and management issues. I have has studied the nest-site characteristics, stand and landscape associations, abundance, and nesting behavior of forest birds and seabirds of the Pacific, including Marbled Murrelets, Long-billed Murrelets, Caspian Terns, and a variety of species in forests of the Pacific Northwest and at mixed seabird colonies in the Bering Sea. I have published more than 50 scientific papers on my research.

I have been heavily involved in both the World Seabird Union and the Pacific Seabird Group. I am currently Chair of the International Fundraising Committee for the 2nd World Seabird Conference. I have served as Chair, Chair-Elect and Past Chair of the Pacific Seabird Group and am currently Co-Coordinator of both the Marbled Murrelet Technical Committee and the Northeast Asia Seabird Conservation Committee.

Originally from Colorado, I moved to Oregon in the mid 1970s because of my love of the ocean, forests, and mountains. I spend my free time birdwatching, gardening, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors.