Robert J. Meese

Contact Information

Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

Position: SRA IV
Phone: (530) 752-7861
Office: Wickson 2120A


Union College, Cranford, NJ, 1973 BA, Environmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1976 MS, Zoology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1984 Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Davis, 1992

Professional Experience

Bob has since 2004 been conducting research on the tricolored blackbird, a near-endemic California songbird and species of special concern, and serves as the scientific lead for the Tricolored Blackbird Working Group. Bob is also the senior author of the Wildlife Crossings Guidance Manual, a technical document used by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, biologists to assess impacts of proposed highway projects on wildlife crossings. Bob is also Project Manager for a technical review of the Habitat Monitoring System (HMS) of the California State Parks Off-highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Bob also oversees a project which provides Internet access to documented, standardized, taxonomically harmonized species inventories of the world's protected areas. This project includes 1) the development of biological inventory software used by biologists conducting biological inventories of protected areas, and 2) Internet databases providing access to the the accumulated inventories. Bob has served as an instructor for several classes in the departments of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) and Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology (WFCB) at U.C. Davis, and in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento. Bob has been a consultant to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of State, and was a member of the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Team for the state of Colorado.


Meese, R.J., V.M. Neronov, G.M. Alestchenko, and M. Ruggiero. 2003. Rapid Acquisition and Dissemination of Standardized Biological Inventories from Russian Biosphere Reserves. Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 1421 - 1429. Pushkarev, S.V., G.M. Alestchenko, and R.J. Meese. 1998. MABFauna and MABFlora. Pages 22-23 in: A report on Information technologies in strictly protected natural areas. The Newsletter for State Reserves and National Parks, Socio-Ecological Union, Biodiversity Conservation Center, Moscow, Russia. (in Russian). Meese, R.J. 1993. Effects of predation by birds on gooseneck barnacle (Pollicipes polymerus Sowerby) distribution and abundance. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 166: 47-64. Meese, R.J. 1992. Effects of bird predation on rocky intertidal community structure. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Davis. Meese, R.J. and P.A. Tomich. 1992. Dots on the rocks: An evaluation of percent cover estimation methods. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 165: 59-73. Meese, R.J. 1990. Biodiversity. Chapter 4 In P. B. Moyle, editor, Essays in Wildlife Conservation. A Reader for WFB 10, Concepts of Wildlife Ecology (University of California, Davis). Meese, R.J. and M.R. Fuller. 1989. Distribution and behavior of passerines around peregrine falcon eyries in western Greenland. Ibis 131: 27-32. Fischer, D.L., K.L. Ellis, and R.J. Meese. 1984. Winter habitat selection of diurnal raptors in central Utah. Raptor Research 18: 98-102. Meese, R.J. 1984. Distribution and density of the four common passerines in West Greenland. M.S. thesis, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Ut.

Presented Papers

Neronov, V.M., G.M. Aleschenko, M. Ruggiero, and R.J. Meese. 2000. On the use of MABFlora/MABFauna to standardize and publish the results of biological inventories of Biosphere Reserves in Russia. Proceedings of the 6th East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (EABRN) Conference, Beijing, China, November, 2000. Meese, R.J. 1990. Direct and indirect effects of bird predation on a rocky intertidal community. Ecological Society of America Meeting, Snowbird, Utah. Meese, R.J. 1990. Effects of predation by birds on rocky intertidal community structure. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Mobile, Alabama.

Presented Posters

Meese, R.J. and M.R. Fuller. 1992. Variable scales, variable conclusions: peregrine prey in Greenland. Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. Meese, R.J., W.S. Seegar, T. Maechtle, and M. Robertson. 1992. Ornithoctona erythrocephala (Diptera: Hippoboscidae): an ectoparasite from peregrines in Greenland. Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Resources (Data Contact)

Dataset: Monitoring

  • A database of standardized, documented, taxonomically harmonized species inventories of plants and vertebrates of the world's protected areas. A web interface provides for queries and data download.
  • The Tricolor blackbird database and associated portal provides access to information about the tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor), a near-endemic California passerine and the most colonial songbird in North America.

Resources (Contributor)

Documents and Reports

  • The Wildlife Crossing Community website is an interactive manual which allows the community to comment, edit, revise or add additional information regarding wildlife crossing projects, guidance, publications, and case studies.