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Brenda E. Strohmeyer

Fourth grade nature trail activities

Supervisory Biological Science Technician

2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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Current Research

Flagstaff Festival of Science - Camp Colton - Station Conservation Education Council - In School Programs and Educational Kits - County Fair - Every Kid in a Park- Middle School Mentors - Flagstaff Community STEM - Flagstaff Science Alliance.

Research Interests

Supervising and assisting with on going field research studies for the Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program.  Conservation Education and Outreach to the community, and to school groups

Past Research

Ganey, J.L., W.M. Block, and B.E. Strohmeyer. In prep. Home range and habitat use of Mexican spotted owls in two landscapes, Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico.Block, W., B. Strohmeyer, J. Dwyer, K. Covert, and L. Doll. 2003. Fire effects on ponderosa pine birds in the American Southwest: are they going up in smoke?

Why This Research is Important

Conservation Education is an important part of our existence. The individuals within a community need to know who we are and what we do and also the importance of why we do the research we conduct. This is the basis of our funding and our ability to do the science


  • Northern Arizona University, B.S., Biology, 1992
  • Professional Organizations

    • Flagstaff Festival of Science, Board Secretary ( 1999 to present )
      Board of Directors, I have been involved with the Flagstaff Festival of Science since 1996 and an active member of this non profit organization for over 15 years. The Festival is a 10 day free science event for the community of Northern Arizona and has been a huge success for over 25 years. The festival brings science based knowledge and awareness to thousands of individuals each year. Numerous science focused organizations participate to help educate and heighten the enthusiasm for science.


    Doug Morrison Award, 2014
    For exceptional service and dedication to science and outdoor education.
    Outstanding Support, 2013
    Awarded the RMRS Outstanding Support award.
    Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation, 2006
    Awarded the RMRS - Forest Service - Interpreter and Conservation Educator of the year award.

    Featured Publications


    Sanderlin, Jamie S.; Block, William M.; Strohmeyer, Brenda E.; Saab, Victoria A.; Ganey, Joseph L., 2019. Precision gain versus effort with joint models using detection/non‐detection and banding data
    Sanderlin, Jamie S.; Block, William M.; Strohmeyer, Brenda E., 2016. Long-term post-wildfire correlates with avian community dynamics in ponderosa pine forests [Chapter J]
    Ganey, Joseph L.; Block, William M.; Dwyer, Jill K.; Strohmeyer, Brenda E.; Jenness, Jeffrey S., 1998. Dispersal movements and survival rates of juvenile Mexican Spotted Owls in northern Arizona
    A photograph of downed trees with mullein in the foreground, green coniferous trees behind the mullein, and mountains with snow in the background.
    Model development combining multiple data sources to leverage data source strengths and for improved parameter precision has increased, but with limited discussion on precision gain versus effort. Some data sources take more effort than others, thus knowing how much improvement is gained with these monitoring metrics is important for allocating samples on the landscape. Our framework allows research and monitoring programs to evaluate optimal use of limited funds when multiple data sources are available within the study design phase to meet study objectives.
    Innovative quantitative approaches have been developed for evaluating wildfire and prescribed fire effects on wildlife communities in several western North American national forests.
    The avifauna within the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona includes species found nowhere else in the United States. Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists initiated a study in the 1990s on avian distribution and habitat associations within the Sky Islands. This project involves monitoring vegetation and bird populations following wildfires, applying climate change models to assess potential changes and explore strategies for managing resilient forests and avian populations, and engaging citizens in data collection and long-term avian monitoring.  

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems