Richard Sojda

Emeritus Biologist
NOROCK Headquarters


2327 University Way, Suite 2
Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone 406-994-1820
Fax 406-994-6556

Ph.D. 2002. Colorado State University. Forest Science. Dissertation: Artificial intelligence based decision support system for trumpeter swan management.,

M.S. 1978. Iowa State University. Wildlife Biology. Thesis: Effects of snowmobile activity on wintering pheasants and wetland vegetation in northern Iowa marshes.

B.S. 1974. Cornell University. Natural Resources.


  • wetland and waterfowl ecology
  • interdisciplinary wetland studies involving geomorphology, soils, hydrology, plants, and birds
  • wetland plant communities
  • radar ornithology
  • public land management
  • artificial intelligence
  • computer technology, decision support, and ecological modeling
  • effects of wind power on birds

Professional Experience:

  • 1996-present Wildlife Biologist - Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Biological Resources Division, Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bozeman, MT
  • 1990-1996 Wildlife Biologist - Information Transfer Center, National Biological Survey, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1987-1990 Regional Refuge Biologist (DE, MD, and VA) - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, MD
  • 1983-1987 Wildlife Biologist - Morris Wetland Management District, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Morris, MN
  • 1981-1983 Assistant Manager - DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Missouri Valley, IA
  • 1979-1981 Area Wildlife Biologist (IA, KS, and MO) - Refuges and Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas City, MO
  • 1976-1978 Graduate Research Assistant - Iowa Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • 1974-1976 Regional Extension Specialist (Lake Ontario) - New York Sea Grant Advisory Service, Cornell University, Brockport, NY


  • Fellow, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, elected 2011
  • 2007 Best Paper in Decision Support from the journal, Environmental Modelling and Software: Empirical evaluation of decision support systems: Needs, definitions, potential methods, and an example pertaining to waterfowl management