Broadly speaking, I am interested in anthropogenic influences on the demography of wildlife. For my dissertation, I investigated patterns of predator-specific nest predation across a gradient of forest fragmentation in the Midwestern United States to better understand why nest survival is so low in highly fragmented habitats. My work with Frank Thompson has continued to focus on songbird demography. We have investigated the consequences of long-term declines in brood parasitism rates for Missouri songbirds and we recently finished a meta-analysis of the management implications of post-fledging survival for songbirds. Our work with the Northeast Climate Science Center has focused on the proximate effects of weather on demography, where we detected a strong interaction between temperature and forest fragmentation on the productivity of two songbird species. We are also investigating the influence of temperature on predator-specific rates of nest predation. Much of our work emphasizes the need to consider biotic interactions when assessing future impacts of climate on wildlife.
William Andrew Cox now works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.