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Range Science


Torre J. Hovick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Range Science - School of Natural Resource Sciences

Office: 201A Morrill Hall
Phone: 701-219-3086

Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology, Oklahoma State University (2010-2014)
M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Iowa State University (2007-2010)
B.A., Biology, University of Northern Iowa (2001-2005)

Research Interests:
Global change, Avian Ecology, Fire Ecology, Rangeland Management

My research is very applied in nature and typically focuses on managing working landscapes to promote wildlife habitat while maintaining human interests and well-being. I am particularly interested in the effects of restored disturbance regimes on rangeland habitat and wildlife populations. My other primary interest is the role of global change (climate and human altered environments) on rangeland wildlife.

Current and Upcoming Research Activities:

  • Effects of land management on Lepidopteron site occupancy and abundance
  • Influence of differing grazing practices on native rangeland wildlife
  • North Dakota statewide pollinator distribution and abundance
  • Bat resource selection in the Sheyenne Grasslands
  • Mixed-grass prairie bird nesting ecology

 *I am currently building an active research team. Please, feel free to contact me by email if you are interested in a graduate position (

Courses to be taught:

RNG 213 Rangeland Management Techniques
RNG 749 Global Change Ecology

Select Publications:

Hovick, T.J., D.A. McGranahan, R.D. Elmore, J. Weir, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. 2017. Pyric-carnivory: Raptor use of Prescribed Fires. Ecology and Evolution. In press.

Dettenmaier, S.J., T.A. Messmer, T.J. Hovick, and D.K. Dahlgren. 2017. Effects of Livestock Grazing on Rangeland Biodiversity: A Meta-analysis of Grouse Populations. Ecology and Evolution. In press.

Carroll, J.M., T.J. Hovick, C.A. Davis, R.D. Elmore, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. 2017. Reproductive Plasticity and Landscape Heterogeneity Benefit a Ground-nesting Bird in a Fire-prone Ecosystem. Ecological Applications. In press.

Elmore, R.D., J.M. Carroll, E.P. Tanner, T.J. Hovick, B.A. Grisham, S.D. Fuhlendorf, and S.K. Windels. 2017. Implication of the Thermal Environment for Terrestrial Wildlife Management. Wildlife Society Bulletin. In Press. doi: 10.1002/wsb.772.

Hovick, T.J., J.M. Carroll, R.D. Elmore, C.A. Davis, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. 2017. Restoring Fire to Grasslands is Critical for Migrating Shorebird Populations. Ecological Applications. In Press. doi: 10.1002/eap.1567.

Kral, K.C., R.F. Limb, J.P. Harmon, and T.J. Hovick. 2017. Arthropods and Fire: Previous Research Shaping Future Conservation. Rangeland Ecology and Management. In press.

Fuhlendorf, S.D., T.J. Hovick, R.D. Elmore, A.M. Tanner, D.M. Engle, and C.A. Davis. 2017. A Hierarchical Perspective to Woody Plant Encroachment for Conservation of Prairie-Chickens. Rangeland Ecology and Management 70:9-14.

Hovick, T.J., and J.R. Miller. 2016. Patch-burn Grazing Moderates Eastern Meadowlark Nest Survival in Midwestern Grasslands. American Midland Naturalist 176:72-80.

Davis, C.A., R.T. Chruchwell, S.D. Fuhlendorf, D.M. Engle, and T.J. Hovick. 2016. Effect of Pyric Herbivory of Source-sink Dynamics in Grassland Birds. Journal of Applied Ecology 53:1004-1012.

Hovick, T.J., B.W Allred, D.A. McGranahan, M.W. Palmer, R.D. Elmore, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. 2016. Informing Conservation by Identifying Range Shift Patterns across Breeding Habitats and Migration Strategies. Biodiversity and Conservation 25:345-356.

McGranahan, D.A., T.J. Hovick, R.D. Elmore, D.M. Engle, S.D. Fuhlendorf, J.R. Miller, and D.M. Debinski. 2016. Temporal variability in aboveground biomass decreases as spatial variability increases. Ecology 97:555-560.

Scasta, J.D., E.T. Thacker, T.J. Hovick, D.M. Engle, B.W. Allred, S.D. Fuhlendorf, and J.R. Weir. 2016. Patch-burn Grazing (PBG) as an Alternative for Livestock Production in Fire-prone Ecosystems of North America. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. DOI: 10.1017/S1742170515000411.

Kral, K.C., R. Limb, T.J. Hovick, D.A. McGranahan, A.L. Field, and P.L. O’ Brien. 2015. Simulating Grassland Prescribed Fires using Experimental Approaches. Fire Ecology 11:34-44.

Hovick, T.J., B.W Allred, R.D. Elmore, S.D. Fuhlendorf, R.G. Hamilton, and A. Breland. 2015. Dynamic Disturbance Processes Create Dynamic Lek Site Selection in a Prairie Grouse. PLoS ONE 10: e0137882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137882.

Hovick, T.J., D.K. Dahlgren, M. Papeş, R.D. Elmore, and J.C. Pitman. 2015. Predicting Greater Prairie-Chicken lek Site Suitability to Inform Conservation Actions. PLoS ONE 10: e0137021. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137021.

Hovick, T.J., R.D. Elmore, S.D. Fuhlendorf, and D.K. Dahlgren. 2015. Weather Constrains the Influence of Fire and Grazing for Nesting Greater Prairie-Chickens. Rangeland Ecology and Management. Accepted.

Hovick, T.J., R.D. Elmore, S.D. Fuhlendorf, D.M. Engle, and R. G. Hamilton. 2014. Spatial Heterogeneity Increases Diversity and Stability in Grassland Bird Communities. Ecological Applications.

Hovick, T.J., R.D. Elmore, D.K. Dahlgren, S.D. Fuhlendorf, and D.M. Engle. Evidence of Negative Effects of Anthropogenic Structures on Wildlife: A Review of Grouse Behavior and Survival. Journal of Applied Ecology 51:1680-1689.

Hovick, T.J., R.D. Elmore, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. 2014. Structural Heterogeneity Increases Diversity of Non-breeding Grassland Birds. Ecosphere 5:

Allred, B.W, J.D. Scasta, T.J. Hovick, and S.D Fuhlendorf. 2014. Spatial Heterogeneity Stabilizes Livestock Productivity in a Changing Climate.  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 193:37-41.

Hovick, T.J., R.D. Elmore, B.W Allred, S.D. Fuhlendorf, and D.K. Dahlgren. 2014. Landscapes as a Moderator of Thermal Extremes: A Case Study from an Imperiled Grouse. Ecosphere 5:

Hovick, T.J. and J.R. Miller. 2013. Broad-Scale Heterogeneity Influences Nest Selection by Brown-headed Cowbirds. Landscape Ecology 28:1493-1503.            

Allred, B.W, S.D. Fuhlendorf, T.J. Hovick, R.D. Elmore, and A. Joern. 2013. Conservation Implications of Native and Introduced Ungulates in a Changing Climate. Global Change Biology 19:1875-1873.

Hovick, T.J., J.R. Miller, S.J. Dinsmore, D.M. Engle, D.M. Debinski, and S.D. Fuhlendorf. 2012. Effects of Fire and Grazing on Grasshopper Sparrow Nest Survival. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:19-27.

Hovick, T.J., J.R. Miller, R.R. Koford, D.M. Engle, and D.M. Debinski. 2011.  Postfledging Survival of Grasshopper Sparrows in Grasslands Managed with Fire and Grazing. Condor 113:429-437.

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Range Science Program
School of Natural Resources Science
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7582 - Fax: (701) 231-8557
Campus address: Hultz Hall 202
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