Stephen started working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, in Douglas, Alaska, from 2001 to 2009. While there, he was working on issues with Northern Goshawks and forest management in southeastern Alaska. That work transitioned into more mammal work in southeastern Alaska, including work on brown bears in various places in the region and wolverines in the Juneau area. He kept his hand in the raptor world working on Northern Goshawk issues and by running a study (with a co-pi) on forest owls in the area. This work focused on Western Screech-owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Barred Owls but included surveys for others.
Currently, Stephen is a statewide Raptor Management coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He worked with his predecessor, Phil Schempf, for a little over a year before assuming his role. His work deals strictly with raptors including lots of eagle work. The office has a long history of Bald Eagle work, some of which he is continuing, while also starting Golden Eagle work in the state.
In addition, he has been working on a project examining predation by Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles on a seabird (Kittlitz’s Murrelet) that is potentially threatened.
He is working with partners on getting projects on other species going, including Short-eared Owls (with another Boise State University alumni, Travis Booms), Forest Owls in central coastal Alaska, and Snowy Owls.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Kissling, M.L., P.M. Lukacs, S.B. Lewis, S.M. Gende, K.J. Kuletz, N.R. Hatch, S.K. Schoen, and S. Oehlers. 2011. Distribution and abundance of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) in selected areas of southeastern Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39:3-11.
Lukacs, P.M., M.L. Kissling, M. Reid, S.M. Gende, and S.B. Lewis. 2010. Testing assumptions of distance sampling on a pelagic seabird. The Condor 112:455-459.
Kissling, M.L., S.B. Lewis, and G. Pendleton. 2010. Factors influencing the detectability of Forest Owls in southeastern Alaska. The Condor 112:539-548.
Lewis, S.B. and M.L. Kissling. 2009. A technique for capturing Western Screech-Owls (Megascops kennicottii) in southeast Alaska. North American Bird Bander 34:179-184.
Kissling, M.L., M. Reid, P.M. Lukacs, S.M. Gende, and S.B. Lewis. 2007. Understanding abundance patterns of a declining seabird: implications for monitoring. Ecological Applications 17:2164-2174.