Faculty and Staff - Erik Blomberg
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 102
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5775
Dr. Blomberg joined the Department of Wildlife Ecology in October 2013. Prior to moving to Orono, Dr. Blomberg held a position as a wildlife biologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center in Reno, Nevada. He obtained his PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program; and an M.Sc. from the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Natural Resources Science. Dr. Blomberg’s research interests focus on the population dynamics of avian wildlife, and he is personally and professionally interested in the ecology and management of native upland gamebirds such as grouse, quail, and American woodcock. His work with the USGS and at the University of Nevada, Reno, focused heavily on issues related to conservation of greater sage-grouse, a candidate for federal listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. He plans to continue his sage-grouse work as a faculty member at UMaine in collaboration with his western colleagues, but will also focus on locally important upland wildlife such as ruffed grouse (“partridge” to many Mainers) which are regionally important as a native game species in Maine, and are declining in abundance throughout other portions of their range, such as southern New England. Dr. Blomberg will work with state and federal partners to identify other research priorities to improve our understanding of wildlife populations and benefit management practices in Maine and throughout New England. Dr. Blomberg will offer graduate and undergraduate courses in wildlife population ecology and demographic estimation beginning in Spring 2014.