Vickie Bakker


Vickie’s work is geared toward adapting the academic tools of quantitative conservation ecology to the real world problems of conservation practitioners in the management of endangered species. In an approach she refers to as Population Viability Management or PVM, she seeks to model not only the biological factors driving population dynamics, but also the interacting effects of monitoring and management on viability. This approach allows extinction risk to act as a common currency for comparing conservation options. She has developed population models and/or evaluated management options for the island fox, northern woodland caribou, moose, California sea lions, and flesh footed-shearwaters, and is currently focusing on California condors, island scrub-jays, and albatross. Dr. Bakker received her BA from Dartmouth College,and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where her dissertation research focused on the movement behavior and habitat relationships of forest-associated squirrels in logged landscapes in the Tongass National Forest. She recently served as a Smith Conservation Research Fellow, and is currently an assistant research professor at Montana State University.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of California Davis, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Assistant Research Professor of Ecology
Montana State University
Architecture & Urban Planning
Conservation Science & Biology
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
Population dynamics and recovery of rare and endangered species. Specific projects currently focus on California Condor, island fox, island scrub-jay, and albatross
1701 Fir Crest Ct
Bozeman, Montana 59715
(406) 589-4399

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