Suzanne Nelson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Suzanne Nelson
Rieke Science Center
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 2003
  • M.A., Science Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2009
  • M.S., Ecology, University of Illinois, 1997
  • B.S., Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, University of Illinois, 1994

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Nutritional ecology
  • Mammalogy
  • Tropical field ecology
  • Conservation biology


  • Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bat, Chapters 29, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) : View Book

Selected Articles

  • Nelson, S.L., Taylor, S.A., McKinely, A.S. and J.D. Reuter. "An isolated white-tailed Deer population shows unexpected heterozygosity on St. John, US Virgin Islands." Journal of Mammalogy In review:
  • Reuter, J.D and S.L. Nelson. "Hematologic parameters and viral status for Zika, Chikungunya, Bluetongue, and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on St. John, US Virgin Islands." Journal of Wildlife Diseases Vol. 54, 2018: 843-847.
  • Nelson, S.L., Durden, L.A, and J.D. Reuter. "Rhipicephalus microplus and Dermacentor nitens (Acari: Ixodidae) Co-Parasitize White-Tailed Deer on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands." Journal of Medical Entomology Vol. 54, 2017: 1440-1443.
  • Nelson, S.L.. "Results of the tranquilizing project on the deer of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: analysis of stress hormone, genetic, parasitism and demongraphy data. A report to the Virgin Islands National Park. ." USVI National Park Technical Bulletin May 2017.
  • Nelson, S.L., Kunz, T.H., and Humphrey, S.R.. "Folivory in Fruit Bats: Leaves Provide A Natural Source of Calcium." Journal of Chemical Ecology, Vol. 31, 2005: 1683-1691.
  • Nelson, S.L., Masters, D.V., Humphrey, S.R. and Kunz, T.H. .. "Fruit Choice and Calcium by Tongan Fruit Bats in American Samoa." Journal of Mammalogy Vol. 88, 2005: 211-2118.


  • Star Award for Outstanding work performance, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2018
  • Marianus Smith Parent Choice Award, The University of Colorado at Boulder 2016
  • Marianus Smith Parent Choice Award, The University of Colorado at Boulder 2015
  • Faculty Integrity Award, The University of Colorado at Boulder 2015
  • Nominated, Teacher of the Year for the City of Boulder, Boulder, Colorado 2015
  • Faculty Innovative Technology Award, The University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014


Suzanne Nelson currently works as an endangered species biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Olympia, but formerly taught ecology and biology courses for 12 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder.