Brenda Hanley

Brenda Hanley

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Science at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. My current research uses techniques of metadata analysis to assess if and how toxicosis in bald eagles influence population abundances across NE US and Canada. 

I have been a professional in resource management since 2002; first as a government employee, then later as an independent consultant. I have experience collaborating in ecological capacities with a variety of volunteer, public, non-profit, government, academic, and corporate entities across the Western United States. Among others, I have conducted ecological restoration in the Wilderness of Yosemite National Park, California and have worked as an Authorized Biologist for the ESA listed species, Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii).  

My research broadly uses mathematical modeling to augment our understanding of the patterns we observe in biotic systems. Previous research has been focused on deriving theoretical expressions in the development of new applications of population matrix models (Leslie or Lefkovitch matrices). These alternative applications may aid managers in identifying and assessing the viability of managerial alternatives in contemporary preservation or conservation endeavors.

I hold a BA in Geography and Land Studies, BS in Mathematics, MS in Statistical Science, and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.    

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Bald Eagles Population Impact Study 2018

Uncovering the history of lead toxicity and the population level impact on bald eagles...