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Photo of Matthew Wilson, Waterfowl Specialist holding a goose chick to his cheek.


Research Focus
Waterfowl ecology and management, population dynamics, habitat conservation

- M.S. Avian Science, University of California, Davis
- B.S. Fish and Wildlife, Utah State University

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Matthew Wilson
Waterfowl Specialist

Matthew Wilson joined WDFW in 2014 as the statewide Waterfowl Specialist. His primary interest is waterfowl ecology, management, and habitat conservation. After completing his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife at Utah State University he worked on numerous projects dealing with threatened and endangered bird species, ungulates, and waterfowl, from Florida to Alaska. He earned his M.S. at the University of California, Davis studying Pacific Surf Scoter survival on San Francisco Bay and breeding ecology in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Prior to joining WDFW he served as the Tribal Wetlands Biologist with Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and worked with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe in restoring degraded wetland ecosystems. He also worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fairbanks Field Office to study and monitor nesting success and survival of spectacled and Steller's eiders on Alaska's North Slope.

Current Research

Selected Publications

  • Eric C. Palm, Esler, D., Anderson, E.M., Williams, T.D., Wilson, M.T., 2013. Variation in physiology and energy management of wintering white-winged scoters in relation to local habitat conditions. The Condor 115(4):750-761.
  • Takekawa, J.Y., De La Cruz, S.E.W., Wilson, M.T., Palm, E.C., Yee, J., Nysewander, D.R., Evenson, J.R., Eadie, J.M., Esler, D., Boyd, W.S., Ward, D.H., 2011. Breeding synchrony, sympatry, and nesting areas of Pacific coast surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) in the Northern boreal forest. Studies in Avian Biology 41:41-63.
  • Anderson, E.M., Lovvorn, J.R., Wilson, M.T., 2008. Reevaluating marine diets of surf and white-winged scoters: Interspecific differences and the importance of soft-bodied prey. The Condor 110(2):285-295. Lopez, R.R., Silvy, N.J., Pierce, B.L., Frank, P.A., Wilson, M.T., Burke, K.M. 2010. Population density of the endangered Florida Key deer. Journal Of Wildlife Management 68(3):570-575.