Ashley Long

Research Scientist (979) 845-4095 Curriculum Vitae

As a research scientist for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Dr. Ashley Long examines factors that drive species’ distributions and wildlife population dynamics. More specifically, her research focuses on avian movements, survival and reproductive success in relation to vegetation management (e.g., prescribed burning, thinning), development (e.g., road construction) and natural landscape alterations (e.g., wildfire). Ashley’s current research collaborations use emerging technologies, such as light-level geolocators and Doppler radar data, to examine migratory connectivity for endangered species and to develop management recommendations that reduce risk of collisions between nuisance species and military aircraft.

Ashley also contributes to strategic development of NRI’s Land Trends Program, which supports sound land management practices by translating science and assisting diverse stakeholders.

Prior to joining the institute, Ashley was a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University under Dr. Michael Morrison and conducted her dissertation research on the influence of vegetation structure and composition on golden-cheeked warbler abundance and productivity. She received her Master of Science in biological sciences from Emporia State University where she studied the effects of prescribed burning on birds nesting in shrub-encroached, shortgrass prairie under Dr. William Jensen, and she received her Bachelor of Science in biology at Northland College.

When she’s not in the office, Ashley enjoys being outdoors, long walks, cooking and hanging out with her dog, Pipit, and her cat, Pilo.