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Frank R. Thompson

Frank R. Thompson

Research Wildlife Biologist
202 ABNR Bldg., University of Missouri-Columbia
United States

Phone: 573-875-5341 x224
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Current Research

I discover and develop information needed for conservation strategies for songbirds and other wildlife. My primary focus is to determine the effects of selected land use practices on forest songbirds, determine population demographics of selected neotropical migratory birds and identify factors regulating populations, and to determine factors affecting nest predation and brood parasitism. This information is used in landscape and habitat modeling to assist with conservation planning at landscape and ecoregional-scales. As Project Leader, I lead a multidisciplinary unit to develop the information needed for sustainable management of Central Hardwood ecosystems.

Research Interests

I am very interested in the development of tools and technologies to assist conservation planners and managers in planning wildlife conservation at large spatial scales. This involves the development of landscape change and wildlife habitat and viability models that can be used with existing data sources and GIS products over large areas such as national forests and ecological sections and provinces.

Why This Research is Important

Land managers and conservationists need tools based on state of the art science to accomplish conservation and management objectives.


  • University of Missouri, Ph.D. Wildlife Biology 1987
  • University of Vermont, M.S. Wildlife Biology 1982
  • Rutgers University, Cook College, B.S. Wildlife Science 1979

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society
  • American Ornithologists' Union
  • Cooper Ornithological Society

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Research Highlights


A Warmer Midwest Could Lead to a Common Bird Becoming Less Common

A warmer future may lead to a common midwestern songbird becoming considerably less common because nesting success is predicted to decline with ...


Forecasts from Multiple Models Provides more Reliable Results

Using multiple models instead of a single model allows researchers to develop more reliable forecasts of future forest change.


Long-term Monitoring Reveals Bird Population Dynamics in the South

The USDA Forest Service monitors birds because of interest in bird conservation, and many birds are important management indicator species or a ...


Many Bird Species Benefit From Oak Savanna Woodland Restoration

Many bird species of conservation concern in the midwestern United States are associated with early successional or open forest conditions that ...


Prairie Warbler and Wood Thrush Populations Respond Well to Strategic Conservation Efforts

A Forest Service scientist and his research partners demonstrated the power of landscape-based population viability models by evaluating respons ...


Research Addresses Decline of Young Forests in Central Hardwood Region

Report details how young forests can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context


The importance of forest management to birds affected by climate change

In their ongoing efforts to better understand how bird species will respond to changes in the forest from climate change, Forest Service scienti ...


Last updated on : 09/30/2021