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Martin G. Raphael

Martin G. Raphael
Emeritus Senior Scientist
Ecological Process and Function
3625 93rd Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98512
United States
Current Research
My current work is exploring the population ecology of the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests on limbs of large coniferous trees in coastal zones of the Pacific Northwest. I also am investigating habitat relationships of the northern spotted owl and American marten.
Past Research
My past work focused on the ecology of cavity-nesting birds, efficacy of riparian buffer systems on sensitive wildlife, and habitat relations of vertebrates associated with older forests.
Research Interest
  • Wildlife ecology and habitat relationships
  • Population dynamics
  • Ecology and management of threatened, endangered, or sensitive wildlife
Why This Research Is Important
My work helps inform land managers about potential effects of alternative land management options on wildlife and provides information to help guide development of new management options. My research helps to advance the science of wildlife management.
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A., Social Sciences, 1968
  • University of California Berkeley, B.S., Conservation of Natural Resources, 1972
  • University of California Berkeley, Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology, 1980
Professional Organizations
  • President,  Cooper Ornithological Society,  2015 - Current
  • Board Member,  Association of Field Ornithologists,  2014 - Current
  • Associate Editor,  The Wildlife Society,  2004 - 2007
    Journal of Wildlife Management
  • Associate Editor,  Ecological Society of America,  1994 - 1997
    Ecological Applications
  • Associate Editor,  The Wildlife Society,  1987 - 1991
    The Wildlife Society Bulletin
Awards & Recognition
  • Recovery Champion, 2012
    US Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species award for contributions to Northern Spotted Owl recovery team
  • Wings across the Americas award, 2009
    Research and partnership award for studeis of the ecology and population dynamics of Marbled Murrelet in the Pacific Northwest
  • Honor Award, 2001
    USFS Chief's honor award for superior science for sustained contributions of wildlife research applied to critical land management issues in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Outstanding publication, the Wildlife Society, 1997
    For Demography of the Northern Spotted Owl, Studies in Avian Biology No. 17
  • Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Department of Justice, 1995
    For outstanding performance and invaluable assistance in support of the Environment and Natural Resources Division
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Scientists Study Marbled Murrelet Populations and Nesting Habitat Under the Northwest Forest Plan

Year: 2015
The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation of the murrelet is an objective of the Northwest Forest Plan, and effectiveness monitoring of murrelet population and habitat trend is key to informing managers if the plan is achieving that objective.

Maps of Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Look 50 Years Ahead

Year: 2013
Station scientists developed detailed wall-to-wall maps of marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl habitat, both current and 50 years into the future, under seven different land-management scenarios.

Marbled murrelet populations are declining in the Northwest Forest Plan area

Year: 2010
The marbled murrelet, a seabird, is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The 1996 Northwest Forest Plan is the guiding plan for managing the bird's terrestrial habitat that runs along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and northern California. To determine if the plan is working, res...