Norman A. Slade

Professor Emeritus
785-864-3673

Ph.D., Utah State University

Quantitative Ecology, Population Dynamics

Area of Interest and Research

  • Conducting research on:

     1) the impact of environmental stochasticity on population growth and projection matrices, and on

     2) applications of capture-recapture techniques to nontraditional types of data

  • Teaching statistics and population ecology

Representative Publications

Wang, G., N. T. Hobbs, N. A. Slade, J. F. Merritt, L. L. Getz, M. Hunter, Jr., S. H. Vessey, J. Witham, and A. Guillaumet.  2013.  Comparative population dynamics of large and small mammals in the Northern Hemisphere:  deterministic and stochastic forces.  Ecography 36:439-446.  Published on line 21 Nov 2011 doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07156.x

Alexander, H. M., A. W. Reed, W. D. Kettle, N. A. Slade, S. A. Bodbyl Roels, C. D. Collins, and V. Salisbury.  2012.  Detection and plant monitoring
programs: lessons from an intensive survey of Asclepias meadii with five observers.  PLOS ONE http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0052762

Reed, A. W. and N. A. Slade.  2012.  Buffering and plasticity in vital rates of oldfield rodents.  Journal of Animal Ecology 81:953-959.

Linzey, A. V., A. W. Reed, N. A. Slade, and M. H. Kesner.  2012.  Effects of habitat disturbance on a Peromyscus leucopus (Rodentia:Cricetidae) population in western Pennsylvania.  Journal of Mammalogy 93:211-219.

Wang, G., L. L. Getz, A. V. Linzey, N. A. Slade, and M. H. Kesner.  2012.  Fast and slow dynamics of northern small mammal populations.  Ecological Modelling 225:95-102.

Reed, A. W. and N. A. Slade. 2009. Environmental correlates to survival and reproduction in old-field rodents. Journal of Mammalogy 90:680–685.

Alexander, H. M., N. A. Slade, W. D. Kettle, G. A. Pittman, and A. W. Reed. 2009. Detection, survival rates, and dynamics of a cryptic plant, Asclepias meadii: applications of mark-recapture models to long-term monitoring studies. Journal of Ecology 97:267–276.

Wang, G., J. O. Wolff, S. H. Vessey, N. A. Slade, J. W. Witham, J. F. Merritt, M. L. Hunter, Jr, and S. P. Ellis. 2009. Comparative population dynamics of Peromyscus leucopus in North America: influences of climate, food, and density dependence. Population Ecology 51:133–144.

Reed, A. W. and N. A. Slade. 2008. Density-dependent recruitment in grassland small mammals. Journal of Animal Ecology 77:57-65.Reed, A. W. and N. A. Slade. 2007. Demography and environmental stochasticity: Empirical estimates of survival in three grassland rodents. Journal of Zoology 272:110–115.

Reed, A. W., and N. A. Slade. 2006. Environmental stochasticity: Empirical estimates of survival of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Canadian Journal of Zoology 84:635–642.

Reed, A. W., and N. A. Slade. 2006. Demography and environmental stochasticity: Empirical estimates of cotton rat survival. Journal of Mammalogy 87:433–439.

Brady, M. J., and N. A. Slade. 2004. Long-term dynamics of a grassland rodent community. Journal of Mammalogy 83:552–561.

Eifler, M. A., N. A. Slade, and T. J. Doonan. 2003. The effect of supplemental food on the growth rates of neonatal, young, and adult cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) in northeastern Kansas, USA. Acta Oecologica 24:187–193.

Slade, N. A., H. M. Alexander, and D. Kettle. 2003. Estimation of population size and probabilities of survival and detection in Mead's milkweed. Ecology 84:791–797.

Swihart, R. K., J. Feng, N. A. Slade, D. Mason, and T. M. Gehring. 2001. Effects of habitat destruction and resource supplementation in a predator-prey metapopulation model. Journal of Theoretical Biology 210:287–303.

Brady, M. J., and N. A. Slade. 2001. Diversity of a grassland rodent community at varying temporal scales: the role of ecologically dominant species. Journal of Mammalogy 82:974–983.

Oli, M. K., N. A. Slade and F. S. Dobson. 2001. Effect of density reduction on Uinta ground squirrels: Analysis of life table response experiments. Ecology 82:1921–1929.

Stokes, M. K., N. A. Slade, and S. M. Blair. 2001. Influences of weather and moonlight on activity patterns of small mammals: a biogeographic perspective. Canadian Journal of Zoology 79:966–972.

Slade, N. A., and S. M. Blair. 2000. An empirical test of counts of individuals captured as indices of population size. Journal of Mammalogy 81:1035–1045.

Eifler, M. A., and N. A. Slade. 1999. Effect of weather on individual growth rates in cotton rats, Sigmodon hispidus. Journal of Mammalogy 80:1277–1287.

Slade, N. A. 1999. Randomization tests using standard statistical software. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 80:179–180.

Peterson, A. T. and N. A. Slade. 1998. Extrapolating inventory results into biodiversity estimates and the importance of stopping rules. Diversity and Distributions 4:95–105.

Eifler, M. A. and N. A. Slade. 1998. Activity patterns in relation to body mass and ambient temperature among overwintering cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus). Canadian Journal of Zoology 75:668–672.

Slade, N. A. and L. A. Russell. 1998. Distances as indices to movements and home-range size from trapping records of small mammals. Journal of Mammalogy 79:346–353.

Slade, N. A., R. Gomulkiewicz, and H. M. Alexander. 1998. Alternatives to Robinson and Redford's method of assessing overharvest from incomplete demographic data. Conservation Biology 12:148–155.

Slade, N.A., L.A. Russell and T.J. Doonan, 1997. The impact of supplemental food on movements of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Journal of Mammalogy 78: 1149–1155.

Gomulkiewicz, R. and N.A. Slade, 1997. Legal standards and the significance of DNA evidence. Human Biology 69: 675–688.

Alexander, H.M., N.A. Slade and D. Kettle, 1997. Application of mark-recapture models to estimation of the population size of plants. Ecology 78: 1230–1237.

Swihart, R.K. and N.A. Slade, 1997. On testing for independence of animal movements. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 2:48–63.


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