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David L. Hawksworth

Wildlife Biological Technician

333 Broadway Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Current Research

My current work is mainly on examining the effects of fuels reductions on bird and small mammal populations in the Santa Fe watershed. I also assist station scientists with any projects thety are working on.

Research Interests

I am interested in all aspects of birds and bird biology including migration patterns, distrubution, nesting phenology, and interactions among species.

Past Research

My current work is important because it will help assist National Forests with planning and conducting fuels reduction projects that will minimize negative effects on wildlife.

Why This Research is Important

I have been involved in a number of projects since joining RMRS including: studying the effects of wildfires and fuel reduction on bird populations in the Rio Grande Valley; habitat use by migrating birds; and nesting behavior of the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.


  • Colorado State University, B.A., History, 1981
  • Colorado State University, B.S., Wildlife Biology, 1992
  • Featured Publications


    Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Finch, Deborah M.; Hawksworth, David L.; Stoleson, Scott H., 2013. Nesting ecology and nest success of the Blue Grosbeak along two rivers in New Mexico
    Researchers studied nesting success in areas dominated by native tree species such as willows, areas dominated by invasive species such as tamarisk, sites that burned, those not burned, and those where invasive species had been removed.
    The aquatics synthesis project aimed to improve access and application of relevant climate change data for aquatic resource managers and researchers. The Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative, recognizing the need for syntheses and tools for climate change adaptation, sponsored this effort.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems