P.O. Box 1104
Arcata, CA 95518
- B.S. Wildlife Management; University of Minnesota, Crookston 2009
- M.S. Wildlife Management; Humboldt State University 2015
I began working as a wildlife biologist for the Institute for Wildlife Studies in the Fall of 2009. I am currently based out of the IWS office in Blue Lake, CA, but the projects with which I am involved are spread throughout the state. I have managed numerous projects for IWS, some of which are no longer ongoing, and have supervised many great field technicians along the way. Currently my primary projects are conducting mountain lion and pronghorn population studies in northeastern California (Modoc and Lassen Counties), and overseeing a predator management project in San Diego for protection of Light-footed Ridgway's Rails. In the past I was involved with predator management on San Clemente Island to protect San Clemente Loggerhead Shrikes and San Clemente Bell's Sparrows, predator management to protect California Least Terns and western Snowy Plovers in southern California, I developed a plan for improving elk viewing opportunities on a Rancheria in northern California, and also started a project to collect blood samples from avian scavengers to examine for lead exposure. I am a certified instructor for NRA Basic Shotgun and Basic Rifle courses and I regularly train IWS employees on safe firearm handling protocols for our company. I am also a drone operator for IWS and we are working on projects to utilize UAV's to improve wildlife survey techniques.
In addition to my field projects, I spend time working in the office on grant proposals, monthly and annual reports for various projects, data analysis, writing manuscripts, and making maps and apps with ArcGIS software. I also recently started becoming familiar with the software to make edits to the IWS website.
Outside of work I spend a lot of time outdoors with my friends and family. I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and pursuing my passion of wildlife photography. My love of the outdoors is what started me on this career path and I intend to continue expanding my knowledge and experience with wildlife both through my personal and professional life.
Brinkman, M. P., D. K. Garcelon, and M. A. Colwell. 2018. Evaluating the efficacy of carbachol at reducing corvid predation on artificial nests. Wildlife Society Bulletin 42:84-93.
Evaluating taste aversion as a management tool to reduce nest predation of beach-nesting birds. M. P. Brinkman. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, 28-31 January 2014, Reno, Nevada.
Conditioned taste aversion, methods and preliminary results. M. P. Brinkman. Presented at the Range-wide Western Snowy Plover Meeting, 14-16 January 2014, San Diego, California.
Raptor relocation at Camp Pendleton. M. P. Brinkman. Presented at the Range-wide Western Snowy Plover Meeting, 14-16 January 2014, San Diego, California.
Taste Aversion, Trapping, and Translocation: an overview of predator management for two protected beach-nesting birds in southern California. M. P. Brinkman. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, 26-30 January 2015, Santa Rosa, California.