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David Easterla

David Easterla



2667 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1965



  • Ph.D. Vertebrate Ecology; Purdue University
  • M.A. Wildlife Conservation; University Missouri-Columbia
  • B.S. Wildlife Conservation; University Missouri-Columbia

Courses Taught

  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Herpetology
  • Wildlife Management and Conservation
  • General Zoology
  • University Seminar; also Upward Bound (summers)

Academic Interests

  • Faunal distribution
  • Endangered species
  • Habitat restoration
  • Taxonomy
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Museum and zoo curation
  • A special interest in the wildlife "underdogs" - bats, snakes, spiders, mice/rats, and predators (wolves, cats, etc.).

Scholarly Activity

  • Have 224 scholarly publications. Most recent publications in 2011: (1) An Adult Male Harlequin Duck at the Maryville Sewage Lagoons, Nodaway County, Missouri (photo). The Bluebird, Aud.Soc.Mo. 78 (1):32. (2) A Rare Trophy Axe from Northwest Missouri, and a Red Stone Celt from Northeast Kansas. Central States Archaeological Journal. 58(2):64. (3) Modified Paleo Bone Sharpened Digging/Pick Tools of Extinct Bison and Sabertooth Cat from Southwest Iowa. Central States Archaeological Journal. 58(3):148-151.

Student Group Advisement

  • Advisor for 102 River Wildlife Club

Other Professional Experiences

  • Have worked for the National Park Service as a seasonal Ranger-Naturalist-Interpreter for 15 summers at National Parks (Crater Lake, Glacier, Bryce Canyon, Big Bend, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, and Lava Beds).
  • Environmental Impact Statements for wind turbine site establishments, Lake Impoundments, etc.


  • Heavily involved with the New Nodaway Humane Society.