Lawrence J. Niles
LJ Niles Associates
(a) Professional Preparation
Pennsylvania State University Zoology B.S 1973
Pennsylvania State University Wildlife Management M.S 1976
Rutgers University Ecology and Evolution Ph.D. 1996
2006 – Present Chief Biologist, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
1992 – 2006 Chief, NJ Dept. of Environ. Protection, Endangered Species Program
1982 – 1992 Biologist, NJ Dept. of Environ. Protection, Endangered Species Program
1977 – 1982 Biologist, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
(c) Selected Publications – Related
Niles, L. J., A. D. Dey, and B. Maslo. 2014. Overexploitation of marine species and its consequences for terrestrial biodiversity along coasts; Pages 347-368, In: B. Maslo and J. Lockwood, Eds.; Coastal Conservation, Conservation Biology 19, Cambridge University Press.
Niles, L.J., J. Burger, R.R. Porter, A.D. Dey, C.D.T. Minton, P.M. Gonzalez, A.J. Baker, J.W. Fox, and C. Gordon. 2010. First results using light level geolocators to track Red Knots in the Western Hemisphere show rapid and long intercontinental flights and new details of migration pathways. Wader Study Group Bulletin 117(2):123-130.
Niles, L.J., J. Bart, H. P. Sitters, A.D. Dey, K.E. Clark, P. W. Atkinson, A.J. Baker, K.A. Bennett, K. S. Kalasz, N. A. Clark, J. Clark, S. Gillings, A. S. Gates, P. M. Gonzalez, D. E. Hernandez, C. D. T. Minton, R. I. G. Morrison, R. R. Porter, R. K. Ross, and C. R. Veitch. 2009. Effects of Horseshoe Crab Harvest in Delaware Bay on Red Knots: Are Harvest Restrictions Working? Bioscience 59:153-164.
Niles, L. J., H. P. Sitters, A. D. Dey, P. W. Atkinson, A. J. Baker, K. A. Bennett, R. Carmona, K. E. Clark, N. A. Clark, C. Espoz, P. M. Gonzalez, B. A. Harrington, D. E. Hernandez, D. S. Kalasz, R. G. Lathrop, R. N. Matus, C. D. T. Minton, R. I. G. Morrison, M. K. Peck, W. Pitts, R. A. Robinson, and I. L. Serrano. 2008. Status of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in the Western Hemisphere. Studies in Avian Biology No. 36.
Baker, A. J., P. M. Gonzalez, T. Piersma, L. J. Niles, I. de Lima Serrano do Nascimento,W. Atkinson, N. A. Clark, C. D. T. Minton, M. K. Peck, and G. Aarts. 2004. Rapid population decline in red knots: Fitness consequences of decreased refueling rates and late arrival in Delaware Bay. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B vol. 271(1541): 875-882.
Selected Publications – Other
McKellar A. E., R. K. Ross, R. I. G. Morrison, J. Burger, L. J. Niles, R. R. Porter, A. Dey and P. A. Smith. 2015. Shorebird use of western Hudson Bay near the Nelson River during migration, with a focus on the Red Knot. Wader Study 122(3): 201-211.
Niles, L, J. Burger, A. Dey and J. Van de Kam. 2012. Life Along the Delaware Bay: Cape May, Gateway to a Million Shorebirds. 176 pages. Rutgers University Press.
McGowan, C. P., D. R. Smith, J. A. Sweka, J. Margin, J. D. Nichols, R. Wong. J. E. Lyons, L. J. Niles, K. Kalasz, J. Brust, M. Klopfer, B. Spear. 2011. Multispecies modeling for adaptive management of horseshoe crabs and red knots in the Delaware Bay. Natural Resource Modeling 24(1):117-156.
Krauss. S., D. E. Stallknecht, N. J. Negovetich, L. J. Niles, R. J. Webby, and Robert G. Webster. 2010. Coincident ruddy turnstone migration and horseshoe crab spawning creates an ecological ‘hot spot’ for influenza viruses. Proc. R. Soc. B 2010 (277): 3373–3379.
Morrison, R. I. G., R. K. Ross, L. J. Niles. 2004. Declines in wintering populations of red knots in southern South America. The Condor 106(1):60-70.
(d) Synergistic Activities
- Adaptive Resource Management Working Group (member) for Conservation of Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs in Delaware Bay, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
- Habitat restoration of Delaware Bay beaches for spawning horseshoe crabs and migrant shorebirds, post-Hurricane Sandy to present. http://www.restorenjbayshore.org/beach-restoration.html.
- Experimental oyster reef and marsh restoration to benefit oysters, coastal wildlife, and Delaware Bay communities. http://www.restorenjbayshore.org.
- Facilitate long-term research of avian influenza viruses in migrant shorebirds using Delaware Bay and northern Brazil. https://www.stjude.org/media-resources/news-releases/2016-medicine-science-news/evidence-suggests-migratory-birds-are-not-a-reservoir-for-highly-pathogenic-flu-viruses.html. http://vet.uga.edu/scwds/people/stallknecht-d.
- Co-lead a US-Canada Motus telemetry project for red knots; including other migratory species. https://motus.org/data/viewtracks.jsp.
- Website to reporting marked shorebirds for survival and population estimates. bandedbirds.org.
- Social marketing campaign for Delaware Bay shorebird stopover. http://celebratedebay.org.
Other Affiliations or Boards: US Shorebird Council (1996-present); Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network – Council Member (1997-present)
My Graduate and Thesis Advisors: Robert Anthony (Masters, Penn. State); J. Burger (Doctoral, Rutgers Univ.), Burt Murray (deceased), David Dobkin (High Desert Ecol. Research Inst.), James Applegate (Retired).