John R. Probst
I am interested in the interface between research and applications of conservation biology and integrated natural resource management at continental to local scales. The best way to resolve this conflict is to establish the broadest possible context of natural resource issues and spatial scales so that planners and scientists can target multiple objectives to appropriate ecosystem capabilities and diverse ownership mandates. The solutions to these problems are more conceptual and strategic than technical or mathematical. Most of this research has concerned rangewide species conservation assessments of birds, so that local research and planning can quantify, for example, the proportion of total species distribution or habitat area in a specific region or locality. The broader scope and scale of the combined Northern Research Station should facilitate the appreciation and need for regional, national, and continental scales of assessment, rather than only traditional landscape-local analyses.
In the near future, I hope to finish a midwestern openland bird assessment and initiate a Lake Statesopenlands assessment of plant and wildlife species of concern
Why This Research is Important
Research applications useful to managers often have been hampered by scientists' training and rewards for maximum precision versus practitioners' needs for generality. Ecological models such as wildlife habitat suitability or growth and yield models cannot be readily transferred to other places and times because of ecological heterogeneity and geographic variability. Diverse resource outputs require broad spatial planning to utilize the full range of land capabilities and the whole continuum of land uses (intensive use to preservation).
- Princeton Univ., Ph.D. , 1976
- Penn State Univ., M.Sc , 1972
- Lake Forest College, B.A. , 1968
Featured Publications & Products
- Donner, Deahn M.; Ribic, Christine A.; Probst, John R. 2010. Patch dynamics and the timing of colonization-abandonment events by male Kirtland's Warblers in an early succession habitat.
- Donner, Deahn M.; Ribic, Christine A.; Probst, John R. 2009. Male Kirtland's Warblers' patch-level response to landscape structure during periods of varying population size and habitat amounts.
- Donner, Deahn M.; Probst, John R. 2009. A Kirtland's warbler management at regional, landscape, and local scales; 2009 August 25-26; Odanah, WI.
- Donner, Deanh M.; Probst, John R.; Ribic, Christine A. 2008. Influence of habitat amount, arrangement, and use on population trend estimates of male Kirtland's warblers.
- Probst, John R.; Donner, Deahn M.; Bozek, Michael A. 2007. Continuous, age-related plumage variation in male Kirtland's Warblers.
Publications & Products
- Probst, John R.; Donner, Deahn M. 2011. Kirtland's Warbler (Setophaga kirtlankii).
- Probst, John R.; Donner, Deahn M.; Worland, Mike; Weinrich, Jerry; Huber, Phillip; Ennis, Kenneth R. 2005. Comparing census methods for the endangered Kirtland's Warbler.
- Probst, John R.; DonnerWright, Deahn. 2003. Fire and shade effects on ground cover structure in Kirtland's warbler habitat.
- Probst, John R.; Donner, Deahn M.; Bocetti, Carol I.; Sjogren, Steve. 2003. Population increase in Kirtland's warbler and summer range expansion to Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, USA.
- Probst, John R.; Donner, Deahn; Bocetti, Carol I.; Sjogren, Steve. 2003. Population increase in Kirtland's warbler and summer range expansion to Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, USA.
- Thompson, Frank R., III.; Finch, Deborah M.; Probst, John R.; Gaines, Glen D.; Dobkin, David S. 1999. Multi-resource and multi-scale approaches for meeting the challenge of managing multiple species.
- DonnerWright, Deahn; Bozek, Michael A.; Probst, John R.; Anderson, Eric M. 1999. Responses of turtle assemblage to environmental gradients in the St. Croix River in Minnesota and Wisconsin, U.S.A..
- Lessard, Gene; Archer, Scott; Probst, John R.; Clark, Sandra. 1999. Understanding and Managing the Assessment Process.
- Silbernagel, Janet; Chen, Jiquan; Gale, Margaret R.; Pregitzer, Kurt S.; Probst, John. 1997. An interpretation of landscape structure from historic and present land cover data in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan..
- Donovan, Therese M.; Thompson, Frank R. , III; Faaborg, John; Probst, John R. 1995. Reproductive success of migratory birds in habitat sources and sinks.
- Freemark, Kathryn E.; Probst, John R.; Dunning, John B.; Hejl, Salllie J. 1993. Adding a landscape ecology perspective to conservation and management planning.
- Probst, John R.; Weinrich, Jerry. 1993. Relating Kirtland's warbler population to changing landscape composition and structure.
- Thompson, Frank R., III.; Probst, John R.; Raphael, Martin G. 1993. Silvicultural options for neotropical migratory birds.
- Probst, John R.; Rakstad, Don R.; Rugg, David J. 1992. Breeding bird communities in regenerating and mature broadleaf forests in the USA Lake States.
- Alban, David H.; Perala, Donald A.; Jurgensen, Martin F.; Ostry, Michael E.; Probst, John R. 1991. Aspen ecosystem properties in the Upper Great Lakes..
- Probst, John R.; Crow, Thomas R. 1991. Integrating biological diversity and resource management: an essential approach to productive, sustainable ecosystems.
- Probst, John R.; Hayes, Jack P. 1987. Pairing success of Kirtland's warblers in marginal vs. suitable habitat.
- Hayes, Jack P.; Probst, John R.; Rakstad, Don. 1986. Effect of mating status and time of day on Kirtland's warbler song rates.
- Probst, John R.; Rakstad, Donald; Brosdahl, Kathy. 1983. Diversity of vertebrates in wildlife water-impoundments on the Chippewa National Forest..