Dr. Elizabeth Rave is a vertebrate biologist who specializes on nongame birds and mammals. Her graduate research concentrated on the population genetics of Nene (Hawaiian Geese) and the population biology of Alabama beach mice. She has studied the use of artificial nesting structures by Koloa (Hawaiian Ducks), the reproductive success of Trumpeter Swans, and the vital rates of Ring-necked Ducks.  She is currently working with a graduate student studying the small mammal abundance on Grand Forks Air Force Base. Faculty member in Biology Department since 1994.


  • St. Olaf College, B.A.
  • Auburn University, M.S.
  • University of North Dakota, Ph.D.


  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Organic Evolution
  • Human Biology
  • General Biology

Recent Work

Publications Include

Bridgman, G. K., E. H. Rave, J. M. Rafferty. 2000. Piscivorous bird depredation at northern Minnesota aquaculture facilities. Prairie Naturalist 32:17-28. Rave, E. H., A. Cooper, D. Hu, R. Swift, and K. Misajon. 2005. Population and reproductive trends of Nene (Branta sandvicensis) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 1989 - 1999. Wildfowl 55:7-16. Rave, E. H., R. C. Fleischer, F. Duvall, and J. M. Black. 1998. Factors influencing reproductive success in captive populations of Hawaiian Geese Branta sandvicensis. Wildfowl 49:36-44.