Effects of climate on wildlife demographics and population viability

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Research Partners: 
John Faaborg (Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri)
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We are investigating the effects of climate on multiple aspects of bird demography, including nest success, per nest productivity, juvenile survival, adult survival, and species viability.  We are using a long term data set on bird nesting success and new and existing data on juvenile and adult survival to discover climate effects on productivity and we are developing modeling approaches to predict regional species viability. This work discovers direct and indirect effects of climate on bird demographics to infom vulnerability assessments and conservation planning.

We are actively working with the Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks LCC and the Central Hardwoods All Bird Joint Venture to ensure our results are useful for conservation planning in the region. Our results will be used to guide climate adaptation planning and management across the region.

  • Bonnot T, Thompson FR, Millspaugh J.  2016.  Guiding regional conservation planning under climate change; integrating dynamic landscape models with structured decision making.  Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks LCC Webinar, July 20, 2016.
  • Cox, W.A., F.R. Thompson III, J. Reidy, and J. Faaborg.  High temperatures reduce productivity in high quality habitat. 5th North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, Canada. August 2012.
  • Bonnot, Thomas; Thompson, Frank R., III; Millspaugh, Joshua; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd.  2012.  Landscape-based population viability models demonstrate importance of strategic conservation planning for birds.  5th North American Ornithological Conference;  2012 August 14-18, Vancouver, BC.
  • F. R. Thompson, W. A. Cox, J. L. Reidy.  2013  The effects of temperature on nest predation by mammals, birds, and snakes.  Presentation at the Annual meeting of the American Ornithologists Union and Cooper Ornithological Society.  August 2013, Chicago, IL.  
  • Cox, A. S., W. A. Cox, and Thompson, F. R., III.  2013.  Factors affecting post-fledging survival in passerine birds and the value of post-fledging studies to conservation. Presentation at the Annual meeting of the American Ornithologists Union and Cooper Ornithological Society.  August 2013, Chicago, IL.
  • Thomas Bonnot, Frank R Thompson, and Josh Millspagh.  2014.  Modeling Impacts of Climate Change on Regional Landscapes and Populations.  National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation.  October 23-24, 2014,Washington, DC
  • Bonnot, T.  Webinar Presentation to the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC. February 2015.
  • Bonnot, T., and T. Jones- Farrand. Ozark Highlands Structured Decision Making Workshop for Guiding Conservation Under Climate Change. Prarie Grove Battlefield State Park, AR. March 31, 2015
  • Grant M. Connette, Rebecca Peak, and Frank R. Thompson III.  Accounting for dispersal and habitat use when estimating survival of a migrant songbird.  Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, August 2015.
  • Bonnot, T.,  Ozark Highlands Structured Decision Making Workshop II. Branson MO, June 7-8, 2016.