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William M. Block

Biologist
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: 928-556-2161
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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 treatments in the urban-wildland interface on 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 a hierarchy of spatial scales. 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. Results of much this work are displayed in publications found at http://www.rmrs.nau.edu/wildlife/pubs/

Education

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

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Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2010-006
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 ...

2010


RMRS-2010-013
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 ...

2010


RMRS-2010-005
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 ...

2010


RMRS-2010-021
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 ...

2010


RMRS-2010-004
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 ...

2010


Last updated on : 01/17/2014