Kenneth Petersen

Job Titles

  • Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus
    Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Program Director
    Environmental Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Highlight

Petersen's research interests include responses of wildlife populations and communities to habitat alterations.

Started at Bethel

2003

Education

  • Dordt College - B.A. in Biology, 1979
  • Iowa State University - M.S. in Wildlife Biology, 1982
  • Iowa State University - Ph.D. in Animal Ecology, 1986

Courses Taught

Environment and Humanity

Sustainable Living

Seminar in Environmental Studies

Research

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Aquatic Biology

Wildlife Ecology and Management

Presentations

2018.  Population change, nest-site selection, and nesting success in a restored population of Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, 1986-2016.  Kenneth L. Petersen, Steven Hogg, and Judy Voigt Englund.  78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2011.  Land cover relationships with wetland bird community metrics in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  Amy S. Westmark and Kenneth L. Petersen.  72nd Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

2007.  Factors related to autumn bird species richness in suburban wetlands.  Peter C. Johnson and Kenneth L. Petersen.  Minnesota chapter of The Wildlife Society, Alexandria, Minnesota.

2003.  The use of Christian, biblical themes to direct and motivate environmental education.  Kenneth L. Petersen.  Midwest Environmental Education Conference, Rosemount, Minnesota.

1995.  Design and duration of perturbation experiments: implications for data interpretation.  Kenneth L. Petersen and Louis B. Best.  International Conference on Ecology and Conservation of Grassland Birds, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1991.  Mapping bird territories using the flush technique: the potential for bias and misinterpretation.  Kenneth L. Petersen and Louis B. Best.  Joint meeting of the Cooper and Wilson ornithological societies, Norman, Oklahoma.

1990.  Ecological correlates of reproductive success in three shrubsteppe passerines.  Kenneth L. Petersen and Louis B. Best.  Joint meeting of American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Los Angeles, California.

1989.  Factors related to nesting success in sagebrush passerines: is nest‑site selection adaptive?  Kenneth L. Petersen and Louis B. Best.  Annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society, Notre Dame, Indiana.

1987.  Territory dynamics in a sparrow population: are shifts in site use adaptive?  Kenneth L. Petersen and Louis B. Best. Annual meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, San Francisco, California.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Ecological Society of America

The Wildlife Society

Hobbies and Interests

Photography; hiking; bird-watching

Research interests

Petersen's primary research interests focus on responses of wildlife populations and communities to habitat alterations.