Publications and CV

Peer-reviewed publications

Schuster, R., Law, E. A., Rodewald, A., Martin, T.G., Wilson, K. A., Watts, M., Possingham, H. P. and Arcese P. (In press) Tax-shifting and incentives for biodiversity conservation on private lands. Conservation Letters.

Arcese, R., Rodewald, A, Schuster, R., Venter, O., and Bennett, J. R. (In press) Public-private partnerships to meet international biodiversity treaty targets and stem extinction. Book chapter in: Reflections of Canada: Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150+ Years. Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC.

Loretto, M.-C., Schuster, R., Itty, C., Marchand, P., Genero, F. and Bugnyar, T. (2017): Fission-fusion dynamics over large distances in raven non-breeders. Scientific Reports, 7, 380, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-00404-4.

Lee-Yaw J.A., Kharouba H.M., Mahony C., Bontrager M., Csergő A.M., Noreen A.M.E., Li Q., Schuster R., and Angert A.L. (2016) A synthesis of transplant experiments and ecological niche models suggests that range limits are often niche limits. Ecology Letters 19 (6) 710-722.

Jackson, C. L., Schuster, R., and Arcese, P. (2016) Release date influences first-year site fidelity and survival in captive-bred Vancouver Island marmots. Ecosphere 7 (5).

Loretto, M.-C., Reimann, S., Schuster, R., Graulich, D. M., and Bugnyar, T. (2016) Shared space – individually used: Spatial behaviour of non-breeding ravens (Corvus corax) close to a permanent anthropogenic food source. Journal of Ornithology 157 (2), 439-450.

Loretto, M.-C., Schuster, R., and Bugnyar, T. (2016) GPS tracking of non-breeding ravens reveals the importance of anthropogenic food sources during their dispersal in the Eastern Alps. Current Zoology zow016.

Schmitt, V., Federspiel, I., Eckert, J., Keupp, S., Tschernek, L., Faraut, L., Schuster, R., Michels, C., Sennhenn-Reulen, H., Bugnyar, T., Mussweiler, T., Fischer, J., (2015). Do monkeys compare themselves to others? Anim. Cogn. 1–12.

Germain, R.R., Schuster, R., Delmore, K.E., and Arcese, P. (2015) Habitat preference facilitates successful early breeding in an open-cup nesting songbird. Functional Ecology 29 (12), 1522-1532.

Schuster R. and Arcese P. (2015). Effects of disputes and easement violations on the cost-effectiveness of land conservation. PeerJ, 3, e1185.

Delmore, K.E., Hübner, S., Kane, N.C., Schuster, R., Andrew, R.L., Câmara, F., Guigó, R., and Irwin, D.E. (2015) Genomic analysis of a migratory divide reveals candidate genes for migration and implicates selective sweeps in generating islands of differentiation. Molecular Ecology 24, 1873–1888.

Arcese P., Schuster R., Campbell L., Barber A., and Martin T.G. (2014) Deer density and plant palatability predict shrub cover, richness, diversity and aboriginal food value in a North American archipelago. Diversity and Distributions 20, 1368-1378.

Schuster R., Martin T.G. and Arcese P. (2014) Bird community conservation and carbon offsets in western North America. PloS One 9, e99292.

Schuster R., Römer H. and Germain R.R. (2013) Using multi-scale distribution and movement effects along a montane highway to identify optimal crossing locations for a large-bodied mammal community. PeerJ 1, e189.

Schuster R. and Arcese P. (2013) Using bird species community occurrence to prioritize forests for old growth restoration. Ecography, 36, 499–507.

Trobe D., Schuster R. and Römer H. (2011) Fast and reliable decisions for a dynamic song parameter in field crickets. Journal of Comparative Physiology – A, 197, 131-135.

Non-peer reviewed publications and reports

Ford, A. T., Coristine, L., Davies, K., Flockhart, T., Jacob, A., Palen, W., Pittman, J., Schuster, R., Orihel, D., and Otto, S. (2016) Improving environmental assessment in Canada. Liber Ero Fellowship program letter to Minister Catherine McKenna in input for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act reform.

Coristine, L, Pittman, J., and Schuster, R. (2016) Early-career researchers in Canada’s science-policy landscape: barriers and opportunities. Canadian Science Policy Centre (

Schuster, R. and Warman L. (2016) The Nature Trust of British Columbia: Relative Ecological Assessment Tool (37pp).

Schuster, R., Crombie, M., Morrell, N., and Arcecse, P. (2016) A Prioritization Tool for the Conservation of Coastal Douglas-fir Forest and Savannah Habitats of the Georgia Basin and Puget Sound Lowlands (56pp).

Emmings, K., Golumbia, T., Miller, K., and Schuster, R. (2015) Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Ecosystems Conservation Partnership (CDFCP) Conservation Strategy: Study Area and Local Government Scenarios. Technical report for the CDFCP 15pp.

Morell, N., Schuster, R., and Arcese, P (2015) Marxan Tutoral for the Costal Douglas-Fir Conservation Partnership. Software documentation (25pp).

Schuster, R. (2015) Protected Area Network development for the Islands Trust Area. Technical report for The Islands Trust (37pp).

Schuster, R., and Arcese, P. (2015) Efficient routes to land conservation given risk of covenant failure (No. e1269). PeerJ PrePrints.

Schuster, R. (2014) Relative Ecological Assessment tool. Software documentation for The Nature Trust of British Columbia (34pp).

Schuster, R. (2014) Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Ecosystems Conservation Partnership (CDFCP) Summary Table. Technical report for the CDFCP (13pp).

Schuster, R. (2014) Carbon and Biodiversity Mapping and Assessment for the Islands Trust Area. Technical report for The Islands Trust (14pp).

Schuster, R. (2005) Software application for cricket movement tracking. University of Graz, Austria. 45pp


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