Cerulean Warbler Research at Ball State University


Since 2000, my research program has focused on investigating factors that may be contributing to the decline of Cerulean Warbler breeding populations in southern Indiana.  My students and I have conducted baseline studies on distribution, relative abundance, and characteristics of territories, including spacing, song perch selection, and vocalization behavior.  Currently, we are focusing on breeding biology and the effects of past silvicultural practices on Cerulean Warbler abundance.  Future research will focus on foraging ecology and response of Cerulean Warbler populations to current silvicultural treatments.

Results of our studies have practical management implications for the conservation of this declining species.   

In addition to the Cerulean Warbler Project, I oversee the bird-window-collision research project at Ball State. For more information on this research, click here.