US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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William M. Block

Program Manager
2500 South Pine Knoll
United States

Phone: 928-556-2001
Fax: 928-556-2130

Current Research

Habitat ecology of neotropical migratory birds (NTMBs) in the Madrean Archipelago. Effects of prescribed fire on breeding and wintering birds in the American Southwest. Wildfire effects on bird and small mammal communities. Effects of fire risk abatement and restoration treatments on bird and small mammal populations.

Research Interests

Habitat ecology; population ecology; conservation biology; fire effects on birds and small mammals; effects of restoration on wildlife; effects of fuels reduction on wildlife; conservation planning

Past Research

Managing for wildlife requries a basic understanding of their ecology, hence much of my works focuses on habitat and resource use at hierarchies of space and time. Further, managers have various options for treatments they place on the ground. Understanding responses of key species and wildlife communites to these treatments will provide managers with critical information for making informed decisions.

Why This Research is Important

I've worked on various taxa including amphibians, reptiles, birds and small mammals. Much of this work has focused on habitat associations, resource use, and population response to natural or human perturbation.  Understanding factors that influence population status provides the basis for developing options that managers can use to ensure population persistance at appropriate spatial scales.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Wildland Resource Science , 1989
  • Humboldt State University, Wildlife Biology and Management , 1985
  • Michigan State University, Fish and Wildlife Biology , 1981
  • San Diego State University, Economics , 1974

Awards & Recognition

  • Caesar Kleberg Award, The Willdife Society, 2014
    Award recognizes career achievements in applied wildlife research
  • Publication Award, 2011, RMRS, Technology Transfer , 2011
    For the book Wildlife Study Design
  • Wings Across the Americas, 2007
    Research and Management Partnership Award for the Birds and Burns Network: Fire Effects on Populations and Habitats of Sensitive Species of Wildlife in Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Interior West.
  • Certificate of Merit, WO, 2002
    "For exceptional effort helping to prepare a new concept to meet NFMA diversity requirements for the Planning Rule.” Award from Deputy Chief, NFS, Tom Thompson.
  • Certificate of Merit, USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, 2000
    “Participation in the analysis of the Southwestern Region’s Forest Plan direction in regards to implementation of the Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan and Northern Goshawk Management Recommendations.” Award from Regional Forester Eleanor Towns
  • Conservation Service Award, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1999
    “In recognition of honorable contributes services performed connected with Department’s conservation activities.” Award from Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to the Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Team.
  • Albright Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
    In recognition of academic achievement

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Research Highlights


A new approach to large-scale fish monitoring

The old paradigm of 'how much is out there' is being replaced by a new method prototyped by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, which is easier ...


Catalyzing Human Behavior in Support of Monitoring Recreation Impacts on Wildlife

Surprising successes have been achieved in the first year of a pilot project examining how humans, lynx and wolverine use winter recreation area ...


Pioneering genetics research aids in fisher survival

Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and collaborators have pioneered a mitochondrial genome sequencing technique that can be used to answ ...


Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Fire Findings Published

In 2010, the Rocky Mountain Research Station published ground-breaking findings on fire behavior in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Using t ...


Wolverine Futures in a Changing Climate

Rocky Mountain Research Station researchers have demonstrated that wolverines are dependent on persistent spring snow for denning and this facto ...


Last updated on : 09/28/2015