James Maskey, PhD

Biology Program Chair

Biography

Dr. Maskey is an associate professor in the Biology Program and serves as the Biology Program Chair. He is the academic advisor for Biology majors in the Wildlife and Conservation and Pre-Optometry Concentrations. He enjoys teaching on topics such as wildlife management, conservation, mammals, parasites, and plant biology.

Maskey has a PhD in Biology from the University of North Dakota and Master’s and Bachelor of Science degrees from Northern Michigan University. His research interests are primarily related to large mammal ecology and wildlife disease. Much of his previous work has focused on the ecology of moose in North Dakota and moose and white-tailed deer parasites.

About the Program

The Biology Program offers students broad training in cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology. A degree in biology prepares students for a career as a professional biologist and provides the background needed to pursue paths in education, the biomedical industry, scientific research, wildlife and conservation biology, environmental science, or professional health care fields such as dentistry, medicine, chiropractic medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, optometry, and podiatry.

James J. Maskey Jr and Rick A. Sweitzer.  2020. Movements and resource use by moose in traditional and nontraditional habitats in North Dakota. Alces (in press).

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 distri¬bution 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, 36 pp.

James J. Maskey. Moose: pioneers of the prairie. Invited speaker, United Tribes Technical College, February 22, 2019.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith.  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, 2018.

James J. Maskey.  Moose: pioneers of the prairie.  Invited speaker, Bismarck Visiting Scientist Series, March 8, 2018.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith.  Home ranges and habitat selection of moose in northwest North Dakota, USA. 51st North American Moose Conference and Workshop, August 28-September 1, 2017.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. Ecology of moose in northwest North Dakota.  Invited presenter, Dakota Zoo Annual Banquet, February 16, 2017.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith.  Survival and Reproduction of moose in northwest North Dakota. 50th North American Moose Conference and Workshop, September 6-10, 2016.

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith. Ecology of moose in northwest North Dakota.  ECOWEB seminar, University of Mary, March 29, 2016.

James J. Maskey, Yentl Dukart, Sarah Wachter, Farrah Heitkamp, and Jack Lamb. Effect of temperature and environment on the behavior and physiology of a captive moose. North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, February 10-12, 2016. (Poster)

James J. Maskey and Jason R. Smith.  Population ecology of moose in northwestern North Dakota.  Western States Moose Management Meeting, Sept 4-5, 2014

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

Murray W. Lankester, James J. Maskey Jr., and Shawn M. Wasel. Barriers to the westward spread of meningeal worm in white-tailed deer.  47th North American Moose Conference and Workshop, May 20-23, 2013.

James J. Maskey Jr. and Amber J. Vetter. Aspects of meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) infection in white-tailed deer from North Dakota. North Dakota Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April 13, 2012.