Mark C. Andersen

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Appointment: Professor

Research area: Mathematical and statistical modeling in conservation biology

Office location: Knox 126

Email Address:

Office Phone: 575-646-8034

Office Fax: 575-646-1281


  • Ph.D., Zoology (advisor: P.M. Kareiva; other advisory committee members: R. T. Paine, G. H. Orians, Thomas Daniel, V. F. Gallucci). Dissertation topic: Population ecology of the aphid Aphthargelia symphoricarpi on Mount St. Helens, University of Washington-Seattle, 1987.
  • M.S., Biomathematics (advisor: V. F. Gallucci; other advisory committee members: E. David Ford, P. M. Kareiva). Thesis topic: Mathematical models for dispersal, University of Washington-Seattle, 1987.
  • M.A., Biology (advisor: B. A. Tribbey). Thesis topic: Habitat selection in a Sierra Nevada stream insect community, California State University-Fresno, 1983.
  • B.A., summa cum laude in Environmental Biology (minor in mathematics), California State University-Fresno, 1979.

Professional Experience:

  • 2007-present - Professor of Wildlife Science, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University-Las Cruces.
  • 2000-2007 - Associate Professor of Wildlife Science, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, New Mexico State University-Las Cruces.
  • 1994-2000 - Assistant Professor, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, New Mexico State University- Las Cruces.
  • 1987-1993 - Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California-Irvine.

Research Interests:

Applications of theoretical ecology in conservation biology; population ecology of desert vertebrates.

Selected Publications:

  • Calkins, M.T., E.A. Beever, K.G. Boykin, J.K. Frey and M.C. Andersen. 2012. No-so-splendid isolation: modeling climate-mediated range collapse of a montane mammal (Ochotona princeps) across numerous ecoregions. Ecography 35(9):780-791.
  • Andersen, M.C. 2010. Predicting impacts of climate change on biodiversity: Geographic range shifts. Forum on Public Policy. Vol 2010, No. 3. (September 2010).
  • Andersen, M.C.. 2008. Global climate change and biodiversity conservation: The role of ecological risk assessment. Forum on Public Policy 3(4):267-276.
  • Andersen, M.C. 2008. The roles of risk assessment in the control of invasive vertebrates. Wildlife Research 35:242-248.
  • Northcott, J., M.C. Andersen, G.W. Roemer, E.L. Fredrickson, M. DeMers, J. Truett and P. Ford. 2008. Spatial analysis of effects of mowing and burning colony expansion in reintroduced black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus). Restoration Ecology 16(3):495-502.
  • Lee, C.K., J.P. Taylor and M.C. Andersen. 2007. Winter survival of Northern Pintails in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico. Western North American Naturalist 67(1):79-85.
  • Andersen, M.C., M. Ewald and J. Northcott. 2005. Risk analysis and management decisions for weed biological control agents: Ecological theory and modeling results. Biological Control 35:330-337.
  • Andersen, M.C. 2005. Potential applications of population viability analysis to risk assessment for invasive species. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 11(6)1083-1095.
  • Andersen, M.C., B.J. Martin and G.W. Roemer. 2004. Use of matrix population models to estimate the efficacy of euthanasia versus trap-neuter-return for management of free-roaming cats. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 225(12):1871-1876.
  • Andersen, M.C., B.C. Thompson and K.G. Boykin. 2004. Spatial risk assessment across large landscapes with varied land use: Lessons from a conservation assessment of military lands. Risk Analysis 24(5):1231-1242.
  • Andersen, M.C., H. Adams, B. Hope and M. Powell. 2004. Risk analysis for invasive species: general framework and research needs. Risk Analysis 24(4):893-900.
  • Andersen, M.C., J. M. Watts, J. E. Freilich, S. R. Yool, G. I . Wakefield, J. F. McCauley and P. B. Fahnestock. 2000. Regression-tree modeling of Desert Tortoise habitat in the central Mojave Desert. Ecological Applications 10(3):890-900.
  • Andersen, M.C. and F. R. Kay. 1999. Banner-tail kangaroo rat mounds and desert grassland habitats. Journal of Arid Environments 41:147-160.
  • Andersen, M.C., H. Koopowitz and A. Thornhill. 1997. Tropical forest disruption and stochastic biodiversity losses. Chapter 18, pp. 281-291 in Tropical Forest Remnants: Ecology, management, and conservation of fragmented communities. W. F. * Laurance and R. O. Bierregaard, Jr., eds. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Andersen M.C. and D. Mahato. 1995. Demographic models and reserve designs for the California Spotted Owl. Ecological Applications 5(3):639-647.
  • Andersen, M.C. 1994. Stochastic models of age-structured populations. Comments on Theoretical Biology 3:365-395.