Brenna (Towery) Ness

Former Graduate Student
Robert W. Klaver
Photograph of Brenna Towery

In May 2015, I completed my Master of Science degree in Animal Ecology under Robert W. Klaver.  My research focused on the Canada Goose.

Research Interests

My field research experience began as a waterfowl technician in Saskatchewan, Canada. However in an attempt to gain different types of field experience and discover what I was most passionate about, over the past 3 years I have worked as a technician studying piping plovers, white-tailed deer, waterfowl again, greater sage grouse, and mountain lions. When it came down to it, I found that working with waterfowl was my passion.


Estimating Breeding Populations of Canada Geese in the Midwest

Creating a Model to Predict Canada Goose Breeding Pair Densities Using National Wetlands Inventory Data

Also, Determine giant Canada goose nest success (Dinsmore et al. 2002) at Rice Lake and Elk Creek Wildlife Management Areas.

Iowa State University Student Projects

Altrichter, Emily A.; Moorhouse, Amy L.; Reeves, Rebecca A.; and Towery, Brenna N., "A Prairie Pickle: Burn, Graze or Mow?" (2013). Natural Resource Ecology and Management Student Projects. Book 1.

Master's Thesis

Towery, B.N. 2015. The distribution and nest survival of Giant Canada Geese breeding in Iowa. Thesis. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Area of Expertise: 
M.S., Animal Ecology, Iowa State University, 2015
B.S., Zoology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2011
311 Science II