John G. Bruggink

Professor

Contact Information:

2117 Weston Hall
Office Phone 906-227-2342
jbruggin@nmu.edu

Education:

  • B. S. Northern Michigan University 1983
  • M. A. Northern Michigan University 1987
  • Ph.D. Southern Illinois University 1992

Research Interests:

I have broad interests in the ecology and management of wildlife populations. Much of my research background and experience has been linked to the management of migratory game bird populations, especially American woodcock and Canada geese. However, for the last several years I have been more involved with mammalian ecology, particularly interactions among wolves, beavers, and deer in Voyageurs National Park, MN. My former graduate students have studied various ecological aspects of beavers, black bears, small mammals, secretive marsh birds, and songbirds.

Teaching:

  • Wildlife Management (BI 442)
  • Mammalogy (BI 462)
  • Wildlife and Fish Population Analysis (BI 469)
  • Biosystems Analysis (BI 516)
  • Population Ecology (BI 517)
  • Planning and Proposing Scientific Research (BI 500)

Selected publications:

  • Norton, D. C., J. L. Belant, J. G. Bruggink, D. E. Beyer, Jr., N. J. Svoboda, and T. R. Petroelje. 2018. Female American black bears do not alter space use or movements to reduce infanticide. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203651.
  • Gable, T. D., S. K. Windels, J. G. Bruggink, and S. M. Barber-Meyer. 2018. Weekly summer diet of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Northeastern Minnesota.  American Midland Naturalist 179:15-27.
  • Gable, T. D., S. K. Windels, and J. G. Bruggink. 2017. The problems with pooling poop: confronting sampling method biases in wolf (Canis lupus) diet studies. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95:843-851.
  • Gable, T. G., S. K. Windels, and J. G. Bruggink. 2017. Estimating biomass of berries consumed by gray wolves. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:129-131.
  • Gable, T. D., S. K. Windels, J. G. Bruggink, and A. T. Homkes. 2016. Where and how wolves (Canis lupus) kill beavers (Castor canadensis). PLoS ONE 11(12):e0165537.
  • Bruggink, J. G., E. J. Oppelt, K. E. Doherty, D. E. Andersen, J. Meunier, and R. S. Lutz.  2013.  Fall survival of American woodcock in the western Great Lakes Region.  Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1021-1030.
  • Severud, W. J., S. K. Windels, J. L. Belant, and J. G. Bruggink.  2013.  The role of forage availability on diet choice and body condition in American beavers (Castor canadensis).  Mammalian Biology 78:87-93.
  • Severud, W. J., J. L. Belant, S. K. Windels, and J. G. Bruggink.  2013.  Seasonal variation in assimilated diets of American beavers.  American Midland Naturalist 169:30-42.
  • Malick, S. L., J. L. Belant, and J. G. Bruggink.  2012.  Influence of spotted knapweed on diversity and abundance of small mammals in Grand Sable Dunes, Michigan. Natural Areas Journal 32:38-402.
  • Malick, S. L., J. G. Bruggink, and J. L. Belant.  2012.  Effects of forest patch characteristics on small mammal species composition, Grand Sable Dunes, Michigan. Natural Areas Journal 32:293-299.
  • Bruggink, J. G.  2011.  American woodcock (Scolopax minor).  In A. T. Chartier, J. J. Baldy, and J. M. Brennemen, editors.  The Second Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas.  Kalamazoo Nature Center.  Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
  • Severud, W. J., J. L. Belant, J. G. Bruggink, and S. K. Windels.  2011.  Predator cues reduce American beaver use of foraging trails.  Human-Wildlife Interactions 5:240-249.
  • Doherty, K. E., D. E. Andersen, J. Meunier, E. Oppelt, R. S. Lutz, and J. G. Bruggink.  2010.  Foraging location quality as a predictor of fidelity to a diurnal site for adult female American woodcock Scolopax minor.  Wildlife Biology 16:379-388.
  • Meunier, J., R. S. Lutz, K. E. Doherty, D. E. Andersen, E. Oppelt, and J. G. Bruggink. 2010. Fall diurnal habitat use by adult female American woodcock in the western Great Lakes Region.  Pages 83-94 in C. A. Stewart and V. R. Frawley, editors.  Proceedings of the Tenth American Woodcock Symposium.  Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Lansing, Michigan, USA.
  • Meunier, J., R. Song, R. S. Lutz, D. E. Andersen, K. E. Doherty, J. G. Bruggink, and E. J. Oppelt.  2008.  Proximate cues for a short-distance migratory species:   a new application of survival analysis.  Journal of Wildlife Management 72:440-448.
  • Krementz, D. G., and J. G. Bruggink. 2000. Sources of variation in survival and recovery rates of American woodcock. Pages 55-64 in D. G. McAuley, J. G. Bruggink, and G. F. Sepik, editors. Proceedings of the Ninth American Woodcock Symposium. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR-2000-0009. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland. 112 pp.
  • Steketee, A. K., P. B. Wood, J. G. Bruggink, D. E. Samuel, and J. I. Cromer. 2000. Land-use changes along Singing-ground Survey routes in West Virginia. Ninth American Woodcock Symposium. Pages 103-112 in D. G. McAuley, J. G. Bruggink, and G. F. Sepik, editors. Proceedings of the Ninth American Woodcock Symposium. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR-2000-0009. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland. 112 pp.
  • Bruggink, J. G., T. C. Tacha, J. C. Davies, and K. F. Abraham.  1994.  Nesting and brood-rearing ecology of Mississippi Valley Population Canada geese.  Wildlife Monographs No. 126.  39pp.
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