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Deluca, William V.

AWV_DeLucadjunct Assistant Professor
Research Associate
Northeast Climate Science Center
Department of Environmental Conservation
160 Holdsworth Way
University of Massachusetts
curriculum vitae

wdeluca AT


Primary Interests

My research aims to understand the consequences of anthropogenically altered landscapes and climate on bird species distributions and population dynamics, with the specific goal of applying these findings to conservation decision-making and design. I work extensively with state, federal and nongovernmental organizations to accomplish these goals. All of my professional efforts have been motivated by a desire to apply rigorous science to inform policy and effect decision making to conserve biodiversity. My research often uses montane ecosystems to understand the interplay between habitat and climate as drivers of bird distributions. As a conservation biologist and ornithologist, I strive to include full life cycle ecology in every research question I consider.


Current Projects

  • Designing Sustainable Landscapes Project – species distribution models inform a landscape conservation design network for the 13 northeastern states (North Atlantic LCC)
  • Mechanisms for species responses to climate change: Are there biological thresholds? (Northeast Climate Science Center)
  • Using spatially explicit models of Bicknell’s thrush (Catharus bicknelli) abundance to inform population size estimates and future distribution predictions (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)
  • Understanding the impacts of climate change on obligate spruce-fir birds (Northern States Research Cooperative)
  • Examining the role of climate and habitat for determining species distributions along an elevational gradient in the White Mountains (Northeast Climate Science Center)
  • Migratory ecology of blackpoll warblers (Setophaga striata)



Ralston, J., W.V. DeLuca, R. Feldman, D.I. King. In press. Population trends influence a species ability to track climate change. Global Change Biology.

DeLuca, W.V. and D.I. King. In press. Adjacent bird communities converge along an elevation gradient in the northern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of Ornithology.

Ralston, J., W.V. DeLuca, R. Feldman, D.I. King. 2016. Realized climate niche breadth varies with population trend and distribution in North American birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

DeLuca, W.V., B.K. Woodworth, C. Rimmer, P.P. Marra, P.D. Taylor, K. McFarland, S.A. Mackenzie, D.R. Norris. 2015. Transoceanic migration of a 12 g songbird. Biology Letters. 11: 20141045.

Ralston, J., D.I. King, W.V. DeLuca, G.J. Niemi, M.J. Glennon, J.C. Scarl, J.D. Lambert. 2015. Analysis of combined data sets yields trend estimates for vulnerable spruce-fir birds in northern United States. Biological Conservation. 187:270-278.

DeLuca, W.V. and D. King. 2014. Influence of hiking trails on montane birds. Journal of Wildlife Management. 78:494-502.

DeLuca, W.V.. Holberton, R., P. Hunt and B.C. Eliason. 2013. Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Studds, C.E., W.V. DeLuca, R.S. King, M.E. Baker, P.P. Marra. 2012. Land cover and rainfall interact to shape waterbird community composition. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35969.

DeLuca, W.V., C.E. Studds, R.S. King, P.P. Marra. 2008. Coastal urbanization and waterbird community integrity: threshold responses and the importance of scale. Biological Conservation 141:2669-2678.

King, R.S., W.V. DeLuca, D.F. Whigham, P.P. Marra. 2007. Threshold effects of coastal urbanization on Phragmites australis (common reed) abundance and foliar Nitrogen in Chesapeake Bay. Estuaries and Coasts 30:469-481.

DeLuca, W.V., C.E. Studds, L.L. Rockwood, P.P. Marra. 2004. Influence of land use on the integrity of marsh bird communities of Chesapeake Bay, USA. Wetlands 24:837-847.

Lopez-Ortiz, R., E.A. Ventosa-Febles, L.R. Reitsma, D. Hengstenberg, and W.V. DeLuca. 2002. Increasing nest success in the Yellow-shouldered Blackbird (Agelaius xanthomus) in southwest Puerto Rico. Biological Conservation 108:259-263.


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