• Biology Program Chair
  • Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences

About Me

I am an associate professor in the Biology Program and serve as the Biology Program Chair. I am also the academic advisor for Biology majors in the Wildlife and Conservation and Pre-Optometry Concentrations. I enjoy teaching on topics such as wildlife management, conservation, mammals, parasites, and plant biology.

Why I’m At Mary

I really love being a part of the genuine community that we have here at Mary, and I enjoy having the opportunity to teach and mentor undergraduate students.

Expertise

My research interests are primarily related to large mammal ecology and wildlife disease. Much of my previous work has focused on the ecology of moose in North Dakota and on moose and white-tailed deer parasites.

Charlie S. Bahnson, Daniel M. Grove, James J. Maskey Jr., Jason R. Smith. (2021) "Exposure to Selected Pathogens in an Expanding Moose (Alces alces) Population in North Dakota, USA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 57: 00-00. 

James J. Maskey Jr and Rick A. Sweitzer. (2019) "Movements and Resource Use by Moose in Traditional and Nontraditional Habitats in North Dakota," Alces, 55: 91-104. 

William F. Jensen, Jason R. Smith, Michelle Carstensen, Colin E. Penner, Brian M. Hosek, and James J. Maskey Jr. (2018) "Expanding GIS Analyses to Monitor and Assess North American Moose Distribution and Density," Alces. 54: 71-80. 

William F. Jensen, James J. Maskey Jr., Jason R. Smith, and Eric S. Michel. (2018) "Reproductive Parameters of Moose During Population Expansion in North Dakota," Alces. 54: 27-36. 

James J. Maskey Jr. and Jason R. Smith. (2017) "Study No. C-XIII: Population Ecology of Moose in Northwestern North Dakota," Report No. A-250, North Dakota Game and Fish Department. 48pp. 

James J. Maskey Jr., Rick A. Sweitzer, and Brett J. Goodwin. (2015) "Climate and Habitat Influence Prevalence of Meningeal Worm Infection in North Dakota, USA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 51: 670-679. 

William F. Jensen, Jason R. Smith, and James J. Maskey Jr. (2013) "Mass, Morphology, and Growth Rates of Moose in North Dakota," Alces. 49: 1-15. 

James J. Maskey Jr. and Amber J. Vetter. (2012) "Aspects of Meningeal Worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) Infection in White-Tailed Deer in North Dakota," Proceedings of the North Dakota Academy of Science. 66: 27. 

James. J. Maskey Jr. (2011) "Giant Liver Fluke in North Dakota Moose," Alces. 47: 1-7. 

Dean E. Beyer, Jr., Scott R. Winterstein, Patrick E. Lederle, and James J. Maskey Jr. (2011) "Moose in Michigan: History, Biology, and Considerations for Hunting," Report to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Moose Hunting Advisory Council. 36pp.

James J. Maskey. (2020) "Climate and Habitat Influence Prevalence of Meningeal Worm Infection in North Dakota," United Tribes Technical College.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. (2018) "Influence of Temperature on Habitat Selection and Movement Rates of Moose in Northwestern North Dakota," 52nd North American Moose Conference and Workshop. May 14-18. 

James J. Maskey. (2018) "Moose: Pioneers of the Prairie," Bismarck Visiting Scientist Series. March 8. 

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. (2017) "Home Ranges and Habitat Selection of Moose in Northwest North Dakota, USA," 51st North American Moose Conference and Workshop. August 28-September 1. 

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. (2017) "Ecology of Moose in Northwest North Dakota," Dakota Zoo Annual Banquet. February 16.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. (2017) "Survival and Reproduction of Moose in Northwest North Dakota," North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. February 8-10. 

James J. Maskey, Yentl Dukart, Sarah Wachter, Farrah Heitkamp, and Jack Lamb. (2016) "Effect of Temperature and Environment on the Behavior and Physiology of a Captive Moose," [Poster]. North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. February 10-12. 

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. (2014) "Population Ecology of Moose in Northwestern North Dakota," Western States Moose Management Meeting. September 4-5. 

Jason R. Smith and James J. Maskey Jr. (2014) "Current Status of Moose in North Dakota," 48th North American Moose Conference and Workshop. April 28-May 1. 

Murray W. Lankester, James J. Maskey Jr., and Shawn M. Wasel. (2013) "Barriers to the Westward Spread of Meningeal Worm in White-Tailed Deer," 47th North American Moose Conference and Workshop. May 20-23. 

Amber J. Vetter and James J. Maskey Jr. (2011) "Aspects of Meningeal Worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) Infection in White-Tailed Deer from North Dakota," [Poster}. Northern Plains Biological Symposium. April 6-8. 

James J. Maskey Jr. (2010) "Giant Liver Fluke in North Dakota Moose," 45th North American Moose Conference and Workshop. June 23-26. 

Scott R. Winterstein, Dean E. Beyer, Jr., William B. Dodge, Jr., Thomas D. Drummer, Henry Campa, III, Stephen M. Schmitt, Thomas M. Cooley, Robert W. Aho, and James J. Maskey. (2010) "Bringing Moose Back to Michigan: Unrealistic Expectations Meet the Realities of Biology," Species Introductions and Re-Introductions: Opportunities and Challenges. April 8-9. 

James J. Maskey Jr. and Rick A. Sweitzer. (2007) "Re-colonization and Expansion of Moose Populations in North Dakota: Legacy of Landscape Modifications after the Dust Bowl?" Ecological Society of America Annual Conference. August 6-10. 

James J. Maskey Jr. and Rick A. Sweitzer. (2006) "Movements and Habitat Use of Moose in the Missouri Coteau of the Northern Great Plains," [Poster}. The Wildlife Society 13th Annual Conference. September 23-27.

James J. Maskey Jr. and Rick A. Sweitzer. (2005) "Prevalence of Meningeal Worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) Infection in White-Tailed Deer in North Dakota and the Role of Habitat in its Transmission," 66th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. December 11-14.

Education

B.S. Biology/Ecology, Northern Michigan University, 1999
M.S. Biology, Northern Michigan University, 2002
Ph.D. Biology, University of North Dakota, 2008