Dave Swift - Curriculum Vitae
B.S. 1963 New York State College of For. Forest Botany
M.S. 1970 Colorado State University Watershed Resources
Ph.D. 1985 Colorado State University Animal Sciences
1970-1975 Programming Coordinator Colorado State University
1975-1986 Research Associate Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
1986-1992 Research Scientist Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
1992- Sr. Research Scientist Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
1986- 1995 Associate Professor Range Science Department, Colorado State University
Professional and Honorary Societies
Society for Range Management
Associate Editor, Journal of Range Management, 1989-1992
Phi Kappa Phi
Nutrition and ecology of ruminants; wildlife ecology; grazing systems; human ecology; simulation modeling.
Principles of watershed management
Ecology of grazing systems
Principles of sustainability
Publications Since 1980
Swift, D. M., J. E. Ellis, and N. T. Hobbs. 1980. Nitrogen and energy requirements of North American Cervids in winter–a simulation study, pp. 244-251. In E. Reimers, E. Gaare, and S. Skjenneberg (eds.) Proceedings Second International Reindeer and Caribou Symposium, Roros, Norway.
Hilbert, D. W., D. M. Swift, J. K. Detling, and M. I. Dyer. 1981. Relative growth rates and the grazing optimization hypothesis. Oecologia 51:14-18.
Hobbs, N. T., D. L. Baker, J. E. Ellis, and D. M. Swift. 1981. Composition and quality of elk winter diets in Colorado. J. Wildl. Manage. 45(1):156-171.
Hobbs, N. T., D. L. Baker, J. E. Ellis, D. M. Swift, and R. A. Green. 1982. Energy and nitrogen based estimates of elk winter range carrying capacity. J. Wildl. Manage. 46(1):12-21.
Grant, W. E., E. C. Birney, N. R. French, and D. M. Swift. 1982. Structure and productivity of grassland small mammal communities related to grazing-induced changes in vegetative cover. J. Mammal. 63(2):248-260.
Swift, D. M. 1982. Area sampled by a grid, pp. 204-205. In D. E. Davis (ed.) Handbook of Census Methods for Terrestrial Vertebrates. CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida. 397 pp.
Coppock, D. L., J. E. Ellis, J. Wienpahl, J. T. McCabe, D. M. Swift, and K. Galvin. 1982. A review of livestock studies of the South Turkana ecosystem project. In Proceedings of the Small Ruminant CRSP Workshop, March 1982, Nairobi, Kenya. 172 pp.
Swift, D. M. 1983. A simulation model of energy and nitrogen balance for free-ranging ruminants. J. Wildl. Manage. 47(3):620-645.
Singh, J. S., W. K. Lauenroth, H. W. Hunt, and D. M. Swift. 1984. Bias and random errors in estimators of net root production: a simulation approach. Ecology 65(6):1760-1764.
Hilbert, D. W., J. A. Logan, and D. M. Swift. 1985. A unifying hypothesis of temperature effects on egg development and diapause of the migratory grasshopper, Melanoplus sanguinipes (Orthoptera:Acrididae). J. Theor. Biol. 112:827-838.
Torbit, S. C., L. H. Carpenter, D. M. Swift, and A. W. Alldredge. 1985. Differential loss of fat and protein by mule deer during winter. J. Wildl. Manage. 49:80-85.
Torbit, S. C., L. H. Carpenter, A. W. Alldredge, and D. M. Swift. 1985. Mule deer body composition: A comparison of methods. J. Wildl. Manage. 49:86-91.
Hobbs, N. T., and D. M. Swift. 1985. Estimates of habitat carrying capacity incorporating explicit nutritional constraints. J. Wildl. Manage. 49:814-822.
Coughenour, M. B., J. E. Ellis, D. M. Swift, D. L. Coppock, K. Galvin, J. T. McCabe, and T. C. Hart. 1985. Energy extraction and use in a nomadic pastoral ecosystem. Science 230:619-625.
Kovacic, D. A., D. M. Swift, J. E. Ellis, and T. E. Hakonson. 1986. Immediate effects of prescribed burning on mineral soil nitrogen in ponderosa pine of New Mexico. Soil Sci. 141:72-76.
Coppock, D. L., J. E. Ellis, and D. M. Swift. 1986. Livestock feeding ecology and resource utilization in a nomadic pastoral ecosystem. J. Appl. Ecol. 23:573-584.
Coppock, D. L., D. M. Swift, and J. E. Ellis. 1986. Seasonal nutritional characteristics of livestock diets in a nomadic pastoral ecosystem. J. Appl. Ecol. 23:585-596.
Coppock, D. L., D. M. Swift, J. E. Ellis, and K. Galvin. 1986. Seasonal patterns of energy allocation to basal metabolism, activity, and production for livestock in a nomadic pastoral ecosystem. J. Agric. Sci. Camb. 107:357-365.
Coppock, D. L., D. M. Swift, J. E. Ellis, and S. K. Waweru. 1987. Seasonal nutritional characteristics of livestock forage in South Turkana, Kenya. E. Afr. Agric. For. J. 52:162-175.
Coppock, D. L., J. E. Ellis, and D. M. Swift. 1987. Seasonal food habits of livestock in South Turkana, Kenya. E. Afr. Agric. For. J. 52:196-207.
Senft, R.L., M.B. Coughenour, D.W. Bailey, L.R. Rittenhouse, O.E. Sala, and D.M. Swift. 1987. Large herbivore foraging and ecological hierarchies. Bioscience. 37:789-799.
Coppock, D. L., J. E. Ellis, and D. M. Swift. 1988. Seasonal patterns of activity, travel, and water intake for livestock in South Turkana, Kenya. J. Arid Environ. 14:319-331.
Hobbs, N. T., and D. M. Swift. 1988. Grazing in herds: when are nutritional benefits realized? Am. Nat. 131:760-764.
Ellis, J. E., and D. M. Swift. 1988. Stability of African pastoral ecosystems: Alternate paradigms and implications for development. J. Range Manage. 41:450-459.
Bailey, D. W., L. R. Rittenhouse, R. H. Hart, D. M. Swift and R. W. Richards. 1989. Association of relative food availabilities and locations by cattle. J. Range Manage. 42:480-482.
Hosoi, E., D.M. Swift and L.R. Rittenhouse. 1992. Patch selection by cattle, sheep and goats – are win strategies genetically fixed? Proc. West Sect. Am. Soc. An. Sci. 43.
Nemmaoui, C., L.R. Rittenhouse and D. M. Swift. 1992. Efficiency of ME utilization by free-grazing cattle with an analysis of measurement errors. Proc. West Sect. Am. Soc. An. Sci. 43.
Ellis, J.E., M.B. Coughenour and D.M. Swift. 1993. Climate variability, ecosystem stability, and the implications for range and livestock development. in R.H. Behnke Jr., I. Scoones and C. Kerven (eds.) Range Ecology at Disequilibrium: New models of natural variability and pastoral adaptation in African savannas. Overseas Development Institute, London.
Hosoi, E., L.R. Rittenhouse, D.M. Swift, R.W. Richards and H. Yano. 1995. Validity of use of a Y-maze to determine a foraging strategy of cattle. Asian-Australasian J. An. Sci. 8:145-49.
Hosoi, E., D.M. Swift, L.R. Rittenhouse and R.W. Richards. 1995. Comparative foraging strategies of sheep and goats in a T-maze apparatus. J. Applied An. Behav. Sci. 44:37-45.
Hosoi, E., L.R. Rittenhouse, D.M. Swift and R.W. Richards. 1995. Foraging strategies of cattle in a Y-maze: Influence of food availability. J. Applied An. Behav. Sci. 43:189-96.
Swift, D.M., M.B. Coughenour and M. Atsedu. 1996. Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems. pp 243-272 (in) T.R. McClanahan and T.P. Young (eds), East African Ecosystems and their Conservation. Oxford Unversity Press 480pp.
Bailey, D.W., J.E. Gross, E.A. Laca, L.R. Rittenhouse, M.B. Coughenour, D.M. Swift and P.L. Sims. 1996. Mechanisms that result in large herbivore grazing distribution patterns. J. Range Manage. 49:386-400.
Cibils, A.F., D.M. Swift and E.D. McArthur. 1998. Plant-herbivore interactions in Atriplex: Current state of knowledge. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-14. Ogden UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 31p.
Singer, F.J., D.M. Swift, M.B. Coughenour and J.D. Varley. 1998. Thunder on the Yellowstone revisited: an assessment of management of native ungulates by natural regulation, 1968-1993. Wildl. Soc. Bull. 26:369-374.
Johnson, Therese L. and D.M. Swift. 2000. A test of a habitat evaluation procedure for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Restoration Ecology. 8: 47-56.
Cibils, A.F., D.M. Swift and R.H. Hart. 2000. Gender-related differences of shrubs in stands of Atriplex canescens with different histories of grazing by cattle. J. Arid Environ. 46: 383-396.
Swift, D.M. 2002. Foraging by large generalist herbivores as a set of hierarchically organized processes: Background and recent progress. Pp13-32, in Cid, Maria Silvia, N Bonino, M Cassini, J. Anchorena, Alicia Pelliza de Sbriller and Mirta Arriaga (eds.) Selección de dieta por grandes herbívoros mamíferos: procesos y escalas. Contribuciones del MACN. Número 1. Buenos Aires. 239 pp.
Cibils, A.F., D.M. Swift and R.H. Hart. 2003. Changes in shrub fecundity in fourwing saltbush browsed by cattle. J. Range Manage 56: 39-46.
Cibils, A.F., D.M. Swift and R.H. Hart. 2003. Female-biased herbivory in fourwing saltbush browsed by cattle. J Range Manage 56: 47-51.
Coleman, D,C., D.M. Swift and J.E. Mitchell. 2004. From the frontier to the biosphere: A brief history of the USIBP Grasslands Biome program and its impacts on scientific research in North America. Rangelands 26:8-15.
Boone, R.B., K.A. Galvin, P.K. Thornton, D.M. Swift, and M.B. Coughenour. 2006. Cultivation and conservation in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Human Ecology 34: 809-828.
Evangelista, P., N. Young, D. Swift and A.Worde. In press. Demographic observations of mountain nyala Tragelaphus buxtoni in a controlled hunting area, Ethiopia. J. of biodiversity and endangered species.
Research Involvement as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator Since 1980
Effects of controlled burning on mule deer and mountain sheep winter range. July 1980 to June 1983. Colorado Division of Wildlife. $25,370. Principal Investigator.
Nutritional ecology of elk at Los Alamos National Laboratory. November 1979 to January 1983. LASL. $80,123. Co-Principal Investigator.
Ecology of subsistence pastoralism. January 1981 to June 1986. National Science Foundation. $1,524,397. Co-Principal Investigator.
Persistence of a pastoral ecosystem. July 1986 to June 1990. National Science Foundation. $2,346,804. Co-Prinicpal Investigator.
Issues and concepts in pastoral ecology and dry tropical ecosystems. July 1990 to June 1992. National Science Foundation. $400,000. Co-Principal Investigator.
Development of a carrying capacity model for the ungulates of the prairie National Parks. January 1991 to January 1993. NPS. $45,209. Principal Investigator.
Evaluation of bighorn sheep habitat. September 1991 to September 1993. NPS. $48,800. Principal Investigator.
Simulation modeling support to the SANREM CRSP. October 1991 to January 1992. USAID. $14,854. Principal Investigator.
Administration of NPS/CSU Cooperative Park Studies Unit. May 1992 to September 1992. NPS. $39,018. Principal Investigator.
Modeling and other support to the SANREM CRSP. October, 1993 – September, 1994. USAID. $135,000. Principal Investigator.
(GK12) Graduate Teaching Fellows: Human Impact Along the Front Range of Colorado. June, 2001 – January, 2010. National Science Foundation. $3,288,000. Co-Principal Investigator.
Development of a monitoring plan for the Piceance basin relating to energy extraction. 2009 to present. BLM. Principal Investigator
Grasslands, Rangelands, Livestock and Climate Resilient Mitigation. August 2014 to present. USAID, $321,521. Principal Investigator.