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Dr. Elizabeth Rave 

Dr. Elizabeth Rave



Office: S 218 C

Phone: (218) 755-2785

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Faculty member in Biology Department since 1994.

Courses Regularly Taught

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


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


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 continues her research on endemic birds in Hawaii, where she collaborates with personnel from the National Park Service and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. She is currently studying the use of artificial nesting structures by Koloa (Hawaiian Ducks) on Maui. She has presented her findings at international meetings of the Society for Conservation Biology and the American Ornithologists' Union.

Recent 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.

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.