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Res. Unit NE-4251
201 Holdsworth NRC
Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9285

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Wildlife ecology and habitat research | Atlantic salmon habitat research |
Ecology of woodland vernal pools

 

Wildlife ecology and habitat research

[Photo]: Male chestnut-sided warbler

Dave King, from Center for Research on Ecoosystem Change, does research focusing on investigating forest habitat associations of New England wildlife. Most of his research is conducted in extensively managed forests and is designed to understand the effects of forest management on the distribution and ecology of forest vertebrates. Surveys of birds, small mammals and amphibians are conducted in various forest habitats to document species abundance and habitat use. For birds, nest monitoring and radio-telemetry of fledglings of focal species are used to investigate productivity as they relate to forest conditions. Results are used to develop or improve forest habitat management guidelines for species groups or for biodiversity goals.

 

 

ONGOING RESEARCH

  • Effects of forest management on the distribution and ecology of mature forest and early-successional shrubland birds
  • Terrestrial salamander distribution and response to forest management in the White Mountains
  • Ecology, habitat use and habitat-specific survival of juvenile Neotropical migrant passerines
  • Nesting ecology of Neotropical migrant passerines as determined by videography: interactive effects of predator identity, habitat structure and microclimate
  • Forest bird population trends and habitat changes over 30 years in an unfragmented temperate forest
  • Factors affecting the distribution and reproductive success of early-successional shrubland birds nesting in powerline rights-of-ways

RELATED PUBLICATIONS 

DeGraaf, R.M., M. Yamasaki, W.B. Leak, and A.M. Lester. 2007. Forest Wildlife Habitat Management in New England. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England. 305 pp.

DeGraaf, R.M. and P. Sendak. 2006. Native and Naturalized Trees of New England and Adjacent Canada. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England. 256 pp.

DeGraaf, R.M., M. Yamasaki, W.B. Leak, and A.M. Lester. 2005. Landowner's guide to wildlife habitat: forest management for the New England region. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England. 111 pp.

DeGraaf, R.M. and M. Yamasaki. 2003. Options for managing early-successional forest and shrubland bird habitats in the northeastern United States. Forest Ecology and Management 185:179-191.

DeGraaf, R.M. 2002. Trees, shrubs, and vines for attracting birds. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England. 184pp.

DeGraaf, R.M. and M. Yamasaki. 2002. Effects of edge contrast on redback salamander distribution in even-aged northern hardwoods. Forest Science 48:351-363.

DeGraaf, R.M. and M. Yamasaki. 2001. New England wildlife: habitat, natural history and distribution. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England. 482pp.

Thompson, III, F.R. and R.M. DeGraaf. 2001. Conservation approaches for woody, early successional communities in the eastern United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin 29:483-494.

King, D.I. and R.M. DeGraaf. 2002. The effect of forest roads on the reproductive success of forest passerine birds. Forest Science 48: 391-396.

King, D.I. and R.M. DeGraaf. 2000. Bird species diversity and nesting success in mature, clearcut and shelterwood forest in northern New Hampshire, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 129:227-235.

King, D.I., R.M. DeGraaf, and C.R. Griffin. 2001. Productivity of early successional shrubland birds in clearcuts and groupcuts in an eastern deciduous forest. Journal of Wildlife Management 65:345-350.

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