Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
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Michael Anderson, Ph.D.

Emeritus Scientist

Co-founder of IWWR, engaged in several national and international waterfowl management working groups.

Mike Anderson is one of the co-founders of IWWR and joined Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in 1990. In his current role Mike is pursuing several writing projects, consults with DUC staff and advises on national and international conservation program partnerships.

Mike is engaged in several national and international waterfowl management working groups, most notably the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) committee. Previously he helped establish the North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s Science Support Team and the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture’s (PHJV) Waterfowl Working Group, and several other science support bodies. In 2007 Mike was awarded the NAWMP International Canvasback Award, and in 2015, he was inducted into the North American Waterfowl Conservation Honour Roll.

Mike has pursued waterfowl research, primarily on the Canadian Prairies, since 1972. His two largest projects were a long-term study of canvasback ecology, behavior and demography (1975-1990) and the PHJV assessment study (1991-2000). His current research interests include the integration of waterfowl management, variation in density-dependence in waterfowl populations, adaptive management, canvasback demography, and the effects of global climate change on wetlands and waterfowl habitats.

Education

  • Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota
  • M.Sc., Wildlife Science, Utah State University
  • B.Sc., Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University

Mike’s Publications (organized by year)

Feldman, R.E., M.G. Anderson, D.W. Howerter, and D.L. Murray. 2016. Temporal variability in the way local habitat affects duck population growth. Population Ecology 58:525-533.

Anderson, M.G. and P.I. Padding. 2015. The North American approach to waterfowl management: Synergy of hunting and habitat conservation. International Journal of Environmental Studies 72:810-829.

Anderson, M. G. 2015. Evolving perspectives on coherence in waterfowl management – a discussion paper for the IIC. NAWMP Interim Integration Committee.

Clark, R. G., M. G. Anderson, A. Bartuszevige, M. Brasher, D. Humburg, and J. Vest. 2015. Towards integrating multiple Joint Venture-scale objectives to achieve NAWMP goals: Lessons learned. NSST/IIC Workshop Report. Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Feldman, R.E., M.G. Anderson, D.W. Howerter, and D.L. Murray. 2015. Where does environmental stochasticity most influence population dynamics? An assessment along a regional core-periphery gradient for prairie breeding ducks. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24:896-904.

Howerter, D.W., M.G. Anderson, J.H. Devries, B.L. Joynt, L.M. Armstrong, R.B. Emery, and T.W. Arnold. 2014. Variation in mallard vital rates in Canada Aspen Parklands: The Prairie Habitat Joint Venture assessment. Wildlife Monographs 188:1-37.

Humburg, D.D. and M.G. Anderson. 2014. Implementing the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan: People conserving waterfowl and wetlands. Wildfowl Special Issue 4:329-342.

North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Plan Committee. 2012. North American Waterfowl Management Plan 2012: People Conserving Waterfowl and Wetlands. Available from: John M. Eadie

Canada Ministry of the Environment, U.S. Department of the Interior, and Mexico Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC, USA.

North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Plan Committee. 2012. North American Waterfowl Management Plan 2012: Implementation Plan. Available from: John M. Eadie

Canada Ministry of the Environment, U.S. Department of the Interior, and Mexico Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC, USA.

Coulton, D.W., R.G. Clark, D.W. Howerter, M.G. Anderson, and L.I. Wassenaar. 2011. Costs and benefits of natal dispersal in yearling mallards Anas platyrhynchos. Journal of Avian Biology 42:123-133.

Coulton, D.W., R.G. Clark, L.I. Wassenaar, D.W. Howerter, and M.G. Anderson. 2011. Social and habitat correlates of immigrant recruitment of yearling female mallards to breeding locations. Journal of Ornithology 152:781-791.

Murray, D.L., M.G. Anderson and T.D. Steury. 2010. Temporal shift in density dependence among North American breeding duck populations. Ecology 91:571-581.

Clark, R.G., G. Scott, M.G. Anderson, J.H. Devries, J.M. Eadie, J.P. Fleskes, D. Haukos, D.N. Koons, T. Sanders, R. Trost, and W. Thogmartin. 2009. Integrating habitat and harvest management for northern pintails: Concepts, challenges and progress. 5th North American Duck Symposium, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Devries, J.H., R.W. Brook, D.W. Howerter, and M.G. Anderson. 2008. Effects of spring body condition and age on reproduction in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). Auk 125:618–628.

Howerter, D. W., J. J. Rotella, M. G. Anderson, L. M. Armstrong, and J. H. Devries. 2008. Mallard nest-site selection in an altered environment: predictions and patterns. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 54:437–460.

Prairie Habitat Joint Venture. 2008. Prairie Habitat Joint Venture implementation plan 2007 – 2012. Report of the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture. Environment Canada, Edmonton, Canada.

Anderson, M. G., J. E. Austin, A. D. Afton, J. S. Barclay, R. G. Clark, M. D. Koneff, and S. M. Slattery. 2007. Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup – Prospectus for an Action Team. North American Waterfowl Management Plan Science Support Team, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Anderson, M.G., F.D. Caswell, J.M. Eadie, J.T. Herbert, M. Huang, D.D. Humburg, F.A. Johnson, M.D. Koneff, S.E. Mott, T.D. Nudds, E.T. Reed, J.K. Ringelman, M.C. Runge, and B.C. Wilson. 2007. Report from the joint task force for clarifying North American waterfowl management plan population objectives and their use in harvest management. Unpublished report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC, USA.

Anderson, M.G., J.M. Eadie, M.T. Huang, R. Johnson, M.D. Koneff, J.K. Ringelman, M.C. Runge, and B.C. Wilson. 2007. Harvest potential and habitat are inextricably linked. Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 71:275-289.

Paulin, D., Abraham, K.F., Anderson, M.G., Bishop, R.A., Clark, R.G., Colpitts, L., Eadie, J.M., Petrie, M., Reed, E.T., Rohwer, F.C., Rojo, A. and Tome, M.W. 2007. North American Waterfowl Management Plan continental progress assessment. Final report.

Arnold, T.W., L.M. Craig-Moore, L.M. Armstrong, D.W. Howerter, J.H. Devries, B.L. Joynt, R.B. Emery, and M.G. Anderson. 2007. Waterfowl use of dense nesting cover in the Canadian prairie parklands. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2542-2549.

Runge, M.C., F.A. Johnson, M.G. Anderson, M.D. Koneff, E.T. Reed, and S.E. Mott. 2006. The need for coherence between waterfowl harvest and habitat management. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:1231-1237

Emery, R.B., D.W. Howerter, L.M. Armstrong, M.G. Anderson, J.H. Devries, and B.L. Joynt. 2005. Seasonal variation in waterfowl nest success and its relation to cover management in the Canadian prairies. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:1181-1193.

Devries, J.H, Guyn, K.L., Clark, R.G., Anderson, M.G., Caswell, D., Davis, S.K., McMaster, D.G., Sopuck, T., and Kay, D. 2004. Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV) waterfowl habitat goals update: Phase 1. Prairie Habitat Joint Venture, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Inkley, D.B., M.G. Anderson, A.R. Blaustein, V.R. Burkett, B. Felzer, B. Griffith, J. Price, and T.L. Root. 2004. Global climate change and wildlife in North America. Technical review 04-2. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Plan Committee. 2004. North American Waterfowl Management Plan 2004. Implementation Framework: Strengthening the Biological Foundation. Canadian Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Service, and Seretaría de Medio Ambiente Y Recursos Naturales.

Devries, J.H., J.J. Citta, M.S. Lindberg, D.W. Howerter and M.G. Anderson. 2003. Breeding-season survival of mallard females in the prairie pothole region of Canada. Journal of Wildlife Management 67:551-563

Arnold, T.W., M.G. Anderson, M.D. Sorenson, and R.B. Emery. 2002. Survival and philopatry of female redheads breeding in southwestern Manitoba. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:162-169.

Arnold, T.W., D.W. Howerter, J.H. Devries, B.L. Joynt, R.B. Emery and M.G. Anderson. 2002. Continuous laying and clutch-size limitation in mallards. Auk 119:261-266.

Afton, A.D. and M.G. Anderson. 2001. Declining scaup populations: a retrospective analysis of long-term population and harvest survey data. Journal of Wildlife Management 65:781-796.

Anderson, M.G. and L.G. Sorenson. 2001. Global climate change and waterfowl: adaptation in the face of uncertainty. Transactions North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 66:300-319.

Anderson, M.G., M.S. Lindberg, and R.B. Emery. 2001. Probability of survival and breeding for juvenile female canvasbacks. Journal of Wildlife Management 65:403-415.

Lindberg, MS, W.L. Kendall, J. E. Hines, and M.G. Anderson. 2001. Combining band recovery data and Pollock’s robust design to model temporary and permanent emigration. Biometrics 57:273-281.

Austin, J.E., A.D. Afton, M.G. Anderson, R.G. Clark, C.M. Custer, J.S. Lawrence, J.B. Pollard, and J.K. Ringelman. 2000. Declining scaup populations: issues, hypotheses, and research needs. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:254-263.

Anderson, M. G., F. A. Johnson and A. Rojo. 1999. Strengthening NAWMP by improving the foundations for management decisions. North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee.

Austin, J.E., A.D. Afton, M.G. Anderson, R.G. Clark, C.M. Custer, J.S. Lawrence, J.B. Pollard, and J.K. Ringelman. 1999. Declines of greater and lesser scaup populations: issues, hypotheses, and research directions. USDI, U.S. Geological Survey Report, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND.

Sorenson, L.G., R. Goldberg, T.L. Root and M.G. Anderson. 1998. Potential effects of global warming on waterfowl populations breeding in the northern Great Plains. Climatic Change 40:343-369.

Anderson, M.G., R.B. Emery, and T.W. Arnold. 1997. Reproductive success and female survival affect local population density of canvasbacks. Journal of Wildlife Management 61:1174-1191.

Johnson, F.A., M.G. Anderson, R.K. Baydack, J.W. Nelson, J.K. Ringelman, M.D. Koneff, R.O. Bailey, T.E. Martin and C. Rubec. 1997. Enhancing biological performance of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Transactions North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 62:377-385.

Anderson, M.G., M.W. Tome, R.O. Bailey, R.K. Baydack, MD Koneff, T.E. Martin, J.W. Nelson, J.K. Ringelman, C. Rubec, and R.E. Trost. 1996. NAWMP evaluations: how can we generate the feedback that plan partners need? Proceedings of the International Waterfowl Symposium 7:250-257.

Leonard, J.P., M.G. Anderson, H.H. Prince, and R.B. Emery. 1996. Survival and movements of canvasback ducklings. Journal of Wildlife Management 60:863-874.

Anderson, M.G., R.B. Fowler, and J.W. Nelson. 1995. Northern grassland conservation and the prairie joint ventures. Transactions North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 60:404-412.

Anderson, M.G., R.B. Fowler, and J.W. Nelson. 1995. Northern grassland conservation and the prairie joint ventures. Pages 211-220 in F.B. Samson and F.L. Knopf (eds.) Prairie Conservation: Preserving North America’s Most Endangered Ecosystem. Island Press, Washington, D.C., USA.

Arnold, T.W., M.G. Anderson, R.B. Emery, MD Sorenson, and C.N. de Sobrino. 1995. The effect of late-incubation body mass on reproductive success of canvasbacks and redheads. Condor 97:953-962.

Ducks Unlimited. 1994. Ducks Unlimited continental conservation plan. An analysis of North American waterfowl populations and a plan to guide the conservation programs of Ducks Unlimited through the year 2000. Ducks Unlimited Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Anderson, M.G. and R.D. Titman. 1992. Spacing in breeding waterfowl: ecology and behavior. Pages 251-289 in Batt, B.D.J., AD Afton, M.G. Anderson, C.D. Ankney, D.H. Johnson, K.A. Kadlec, and G.L. Krapu, (editors). The Ecology and Management of Breeding Waterfowl. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Anderson, M.G., J.R. Rhymer and F.C. Rohwer. 1992. Philopatry, dispersal and the genetic structure of waterfowl populations. Pages 365-395 in Batt, B.D.J., AD Afton, M.G. Anderson, C.D. Ankney, DH Johnson, K.A. Kadlec, and GL Krapu, (editors). The Ecology and Management of Breeding Waterfowl. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Batt, B.D.J., AD Afton, C.D. Ankney, M.G. Anderson, D.M. Johnson, GL Krapu and J.A. Kadlec, editors. 1992. The Ecology and Management of Breeding Waterfowl. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, USA.

Sharp, D.E., M.G. Anderson, R.J. Blohm, J.W. Nelson, F. Dunstan, R.O. Bailey, and M.R. Tome. 1992. Evaluation Strategy, North American Waterfowl Management Plan. North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC, USA.

Anderson, M.G. 1989. Species closures – a case study of the Canvasback. Proceedings of the International Waterfowl Symposium 6:41-50.

Batt, B.D.J., M.G. Anderson, C.D. Anderson and F.D. Caswell. 1989. The use of prairie potholes by North American ducks. Pages 204-227 in van der Valk, A.G., (editors). Northern Prairie Wetlands. Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, USA.

Nelson, J.W., Wishart, R.A., Anderson, M.G. and Batt, B.D.J. 1989. Evaluation program proposal for the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.

PHJV Evaluation Planning Group. 1989. Evaluation Program Proposal Technical Report for the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

Anderson, M.G., G.R. Hepp, F. McKinney and M. Owen. 1988. Workshop summary: courtship and pairing in winter. Pages 123-131 in Weller, M.W., (ed.). Waterfowl in Winter. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, USA.

Rohwer, F.C. and M.G. Anderson. 1988. Female-biased philopatry, monogamy, and the timing of pair formation in migratory waterfowl. Current Ornithology 5:187-221.

Anderson, M.G. 1985. Variations on monogamy in canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria). Ornithological Monographs 37:57-67.

Anderson, M.G. 1984. Social behavior of breeding canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria): male and female strategies of reproduction. Dissertation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Anderson, M.G. 1984. Parental investment and pair-bond behavior among canvasback ducks (Aythya valisineria, Anatidae). Behavioral and Ecological Sociobiology 15:81-90.

Anderson, M.G. and B.D.J. Batt. 1983. Workshop on the ecology of wintering waterfowl. Wildlife Society Bulletin 11:22-24.

Anderson, M.G. and B.D.J. Batt, (eds.). 1982. Workshop on the ecology of wintering waterfowl. Delta Waterfowl Research Station, Portage la Prairie, Canada.

Anderson, M.G., R.D. Sayler and A.D. Afton. 1980. A decoy trap for diving ducks. Journal of Wildlife Management 44:217-219.

Anderson, M.G. 1978. Distribution and production of sago pondweed (Potamogeton pectinatus) on a northern prairie marsh. Ecology 59:154-160.

Anderson, M.G. and R.E. Jones. 1976. Submerged aquatic vascular plants of the east Delta Marsh. Manitoba Department of Renewable Resources and Transportation Services, Wildlife Report.

Anderson, M.G. and J.B. Low. 1976. Use of sago pondweed by waterfowl on the Delta Marsh, Manitoba. Journal of Wildlife Management 40:233-242.

Anderson, M.G. 1975. Waterfowl utilization of sago pondweed on the Delta Marsh, Manitoba and distribution and production of sago pondweed on a northern prairie marsh. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan, USA.

Anderson, M.G. 1974. American coots feeding in association with canvasbacks. Wilson Bulletin 86:462-463.