Research Wildlife Biologist
201 Holdsworth NRC, Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9285
Contact David King
Current studies include the ecology and management of disturbance dependant birds in managed wildlife openings and beaver-influenced wetlands, as well as the effects of fuels control on these species in pitch pine scrub oak forests. I am also studying the factors affecting populations of birds in montane spruce-fir forests, the ecology of birds during migratory stopover, and the relationship of birds with exotic invasive plants. Finally, I am studying the habitat use and habitat specific survival of wintering Neotropical migrants in Costa Rican coffee plantations.
- I plan to investigate the distribution of forest vertebrates along a gradient of urbanization and fragmentation in southern New England with my colleague Dr. Robert Brooks.
- I plan to investigate the ecology of vertebrates in eastern old growth and over mature forests.
- I plan to investigate the ecology of Cerulean Warblers on the edge of their range in southern New England.
Why This Research is Important
Americans care for wildlife and wild places, and birds are a conspicuous component of our wildlife resource that attracts millions of bird watching enthusiasts annually. Many bird species are declining and require habitat management for their numbers to persist. This is particularly true of disturbance dependent species, the focus of much of my research. These populations are vulnerable at all stages of the annual cycle, and thus, my research includes study of the habitats needed for breeding, migration and over wintering. My research provides the knowledge and tools required by managers to conserve these species and the habitats they require.
- University of Massachusetts,Amherst, Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation/Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (joint degree), 1999
- University of Massachusetts,Amherst, M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, 1995
- Humboldt State University,Arcata, B.S. Wildlife Management, 1989
- American Ornithologists Union
- The Wildlife Society
Featured Publications & Products
- Wolfe, Jared D.; Chandler, Richard B.; King, David I. 2009. Molt patterns, age, and sex criteria for selected highland Costa Rican resident landbirds.
- King, David I.; Chandler, Carlin; Chandler, Richard; DeGraaf, Richard M. 2005. Effects of Silviculture on Mature Forest and Early-successional Shrubland Passerine Birds in Northern and Central New England.
- King, David I.; DeGraaf, Richard M. 2002. The effect of forest roads on the reproductive success of forest-dwelling passerine birds.
- King, David I.; Byers, Bruce E. 2002. An evaluation of powerline rights-of-way as habitat for early-successional shrubland birds.
- King, David I.; DeGraaf, Richard M.; Griffin, Curtice R.; Maier, Thomas J. 1999. Do Predation Rates on Artificial Nests Accurately Reflect Predation Rates on Natural Bird Nests?.
Publications & Products
- Chandler, Richard B.; King, David I.; Raudales, Raul; Trubey, Richard; Chandler, Carlin; Arce ChÃ¡vez, VÃctor Julio. 2013. A small-scale land-sparing approach to conserving biological diversity in tropical agricultural landscapes.
- King, David; Finch, Deborah M. 2013. The effects of climate change on terrestrial birds of North America.
- King, David I.; Chandler, Richard B.; Rappole, John H.; Raudales, Raul; Turbey, Rich. 2012. Community-based agroforestry initiatives in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
- Tomosy, Monica; Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I. 2011. A century of avian research on USFS Experimental Forests and Ranges: Introduction to the special section on long-term avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I.; Tomosy, Monica. 2011. Avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges: Emergent themes, opportunities, and challenges.
- Arce, Victor Chavez; Raudales, Raul; Trubey, Rich; King, David I.; Chandler, Richard B.; Chandler, Carlin C. 2009. Measuring and managing the environmental cost of coffee production in Latin America.
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