Aaron D. Flesch, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

University of Arizona
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
The Desert Lab - Tumamoc Hill 1675 Alklam Road           Tucson, AZ 85745            

flesch@email.arizona.edu

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Conference Papers:

  • Flesch, A.D., P.C. Rosen, and P. Holm. 2016. Impacts of climatic variation on population dynamics of lizards over 25 years in a Sonoran Desert transition zone. Tri-national Sonoran Desert Symposium, Ajo, AZ.
  • Flesch, A. D., R. L. Hutto, L. Misztal, and C. González Sánchez. 2012. Patterns and drivers of bird species distribution in the Madrean Sky Islands of Sonora, Mexico. Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III. Tucson, AZ.
  • Ferguson, G. M., T. R. Van Devender, and A. D. Flesch. 2012. Biogeography and diversity of pines in the Madrean Archipelago. Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III. Tucson, AZ.
  • Warshall, P., and A. D. Flesch. 2012. Bird ecology and conservation on the Northern Jaguar Reserve — recent lessons. Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III. Tucson, AZ.
  • Van Devender, T. R., S. Avila Villegas, M. Emerson, D. Turner, A. D. Flesch, N. S. Deyo. 2012. Biodiversity in the Madrean Archipelago of Sonora, Mexico. Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III. Tucson, AZ. (invited plenary).
  • Langner, H., E. Greene, and A. D. Flesch. 2011. Mercury and selenium in a mining-affected watershed of the Rocky Mountain northwest. American Geophysical Union annual conference, San Francisco, CA. (poster).
  • Flesch, A. D., and M. Clark.  2009.  Potential effects of the U.S-Mexico border fence on ferruginous pygmy-owls and implications for other species. Carnivores 2009: Carnivore Conservation in a Changing World, Defenders of Wildlife National Conference, Denver, Colorado.
  • Hinojosa-Huerta, O., J. F. Villaseñor-Gómez, D. Krueper, E. Gómez-Limón, and A. D. Flesch.  2008.  The birds of Sonora, Mexico: a review and update. Western Field Ornithologists annual meeting, San Mateo, California. 
  • Flesch, A. D., and R. J. Steidl.   2007.  Population and demographic trends of ferruginous pygmy-owls in northern Mexico and implications for recovery in Arizona. The Wildlife Society annual meeting, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2006.  Distribution and abundance of birds of conservation interest in the borderlands of Sonora Mexico.   Fourth North American Ornithological Conference, Borderlands Symposium, Veracruz, Mexico. (invited)
  • Flesch, A. D., and R. J. Steidl.  2005.  Nest selection by cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls in Sonora, Mexico and implications for management and recovery.  Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual meeting, Gallup, New Mexico.
  • Flesch, A. D., and L. E. Hahn.  2004.  Distribution of birds and plants and the western and southern edges of the Madrean Sky Island region in Sonora, Mexico.  Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago II, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D., and R. J. Steidl.  2002.  Distribution, abundance, and habitat of cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls in Sonora, Mexico. The Wildlife Society annual meeting, Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Flesch, A. D., R. J. Steidl, E. Lopez Saavedra, and G. Valencia Ortega.  2002.  Distribution and relative abundance of cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls in Sonora, Mexico.  Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual meeting, Safford, Arizona. (Best Student Paper).
  • Henley, D. C., L. K. Harris, D. J. Abbate, S. Lantz, and A. D. Flesch.  2000.  Successful rearing of young by a male cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl.  The Raptor Research Foundation annual meeting, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • Invited Lectures and Seminars:

  • Flesch, A.D. 2016. Population dynamics and effects of climatic variation on lizards over 25 years in a Sonoran Desert transition zone. Guest Lecture for Prescott College Wildlife Management Class, Brown Canyon Environmental Education Center.
  • Flesch, A.D., P.C. Rosen, and P. Holm. 2015. Population and community dynamics of lizards over 25 years in a Sonoran Desert transition zone. Science Café, Tumamoc People and Habitats. The Desert Laboratory Tumamoc Hill, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Flesch, A.D. 2015. Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment Database: Potential applications and recent accomplishments. Presentation to researchers, NGOs, and public agencies, The Desert Laboratory -Tumamoc Hill, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Flesch, A.D. 2013. Ecology and conservation of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls in the Sonoran Desert. Presentaion to Five Valleys Audubon Society, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • Flesch, A.D. 2013. Local vs. landscape drivers of animal distribution patterns. Organismal Biology and Ecology Program Seminar Series, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • Flesch, A. D. 2012. Patterns and drivers of populations dynamics: Insights and implications from time-series data. Organismal Biology and Ecology Program Seminar Series, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT , and invited seminar at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Flesch, A. D. 2011. Habitat selection and the theory of animal distribution. Guest lecture for Wildlife Habitat Modeling, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • Flesch, A. D. 2011. Spatial, temporal, and density-dependent drivers of habitat quality. Organismal Biology and Ecology Program Seminar Series, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • Flesch, A. D. 2010. Distance sampling: concept and application. Guest lecture and computer lab in Field Techniques for Avian Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • Flesch, A. D. 2010. Local vs. landscape drivers of animal distribution patterns. Organismal Biology and Ecology Program Seminar Series, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2010.  Population and community dynamics of lizards and rodents in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 1989-2006 and implications for monitoring. (PDF) Presentation to U.S. National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2010.  Status, natural history, and recovery of ferruginous pygmy-owls in the Sonoran Desert. (PDF) Living with Nature Lecture Series, Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2008.  Linking monitoring and management: concept and application for wildlife. (PDF) Guest lecture in Wildlife Management, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2008.  Physiography, vegetation, and avifauna of Sonora Mexico. (PDF) Guest lecture in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2007.  Concept and application for monitoring and managing landbirds in the San Pedro River Valley of Sonora Mexico. (PDF)  Presentation to Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Armónica and Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, Rancho Los Fresnos, Sonora, Mexico.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2007.  Identification and habitat of birds in the San Pedro River Valley in Sonora Mexico. (PDF)  Presentation to Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Armónica and Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, Rancho Los Fresnos, Sonora, Mexico. (In Spanish).
  • Flesch, A. D., and B. F. Powell.  2006.  Potential monitoring parameters for the Pima County Ecological Monitoring Program: Assumptions and survey design. (PDF)  Presentation to vertebrate experts assembled by Pima County, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D., and B. F. Powell.  2006.  Adaptive management: concept and application. (PDF)   Presentation to natural resource managers assembled by Pima County, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2006.  Patterns and consequences of nest-site selection by ferruginous pygmy-owls and application to management using nest boxes. (PDF)  Presentation to USFWS Ecological Services Field Office, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, and Arizona Game and Fish Department, Sasabe, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D., C. O’Brien, and J. E. Wallace.  2006.  A river unknown: Flora and fauna of the Rio Aros Valley.  Presentation to the Arizona Native Plant Society, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Flesch, A. D.  2003.  Distribution, habitat, and management of cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls in the Altar Valley and beyond. (PDF)  Presentation to Altar Valley Conservation Alliance and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, Robles Junction, Arizona.