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King, David

Adjunct Associate Professor/ Research Wildlife Biologist
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Amherst


Areas of specialization:

Forest Wildlife Management


Research Description:

I study wildlife ecology and conservation, particularly in relation to habitat management. Neotropical migrant songbirds are my specialty; however I also work with other taxa including mammals, snakes, native bees and non-passerines, as well as Paleotropical migrants. My research includes the study of forest bird responses to different silvicultural systems, forest roads and urban development, the abundance and nesting success of shrubland birds in relation to forest management, powerline transmission corridors, wildlife openings and pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, and the habitat selection and habitat-specific survival of birds during the post-fledging period. I conduct local and regional studies of the elevational distribution and ecology of obligate spruce-fir birds, including analyses of the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on their populations. I study habitat-specific abundance and survival of priority migrant birds during the non-breeding period in managed and natural habitats, as well as carryover effects using stable isotopes, and migratory stopover using nanotags. These findings are synthesized and integrated into regional assessments and optimization procedures to provide science-based recommendations for accommodating native biodiversity in the face of anthropogenic influences. My work takes place throughout eastern North American, as well as Central America, the Caribbean, Asia and Central Europe.

Selected Recent Grants:

Migratory bird conservation using alternative coffee cultivation and processing methodologies, 2006, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $137,000.

Assessing the benefits of conservation practices for scrub-shrub birds in New England , 2006, Natural Resources Conservation Service, $117,000.

Effects of recreation and other factors on birds in montane boreal forests of New Hampshire, 2006-2007, White Mountain National Forest , $58,000.

Assessment of distribution and reproductive success of breeding birds on maintained wildlife openings, 2003-2006, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife, $90,000.

A biodiversity assessment of allspice cultivation in Nicaragua , 2000, World Bank, $153,940.

Selected Recent Publications:

Book chapters

King, D.I., et al. 2012. Community-based agroforestry initiatives in nicaragua and Costa Rica. In Simonetti, J.A., A.A. Grez & C.F. Estades (Eds). 2012. Biodiversity conservation in agroforestry landscapes: challenges and opportunitites. Editorial Universitaria, Santiago.


Refereed Journal Articles

Labbe. M.A. et al. 2014. PLoS ONE 9(8): e106398.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106398

Kwit C. et al. 2014. Forest Ecology and Management 324:158–159

Auer, S. and D.I. King. 2014. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23:867–875

DeLuca, W. and D. I. King. 2014. The Journal of Wildlife Management 78:494–502

Smetzer, J.S. et al. 2014. The Journal of Wildlife Management 78:314–324

King, D.I. and S. Schlossberg. 2014. Forest Ecology and Management 324: 186–195

Lerman, S. B.  et al. 2013. Landscape and Urban Planning 122:29–40

Chandler, R.B. et al. 2013. Conservation Biology 27:785–795

Jones, T. M. et al. 2013. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:637-642

Berger, A.L., et al. In Press. Journal of Forestry.

King, D.I., 2012, Book review: Sustaining Young Forest Communities. C.H. Greenberg, et al. Eds. 2011. Springer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London and New York.

Brooks, R.T., at al. 2012. Forestry. 85:315-328

Chandler, C.C., et al. 2012. Forest Ecology and Management 264:1–9.

King, D.I., et al. 2012. Bird Conservation International 22:213-221.

Schlossberg, S., et al. 2011. Landscape and Urban Planning 103: 64-73.

King, D.I., et al. 2011. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9:319-320.

Chandler, R.B., et al. 2011. Ecology 97:1429-1435.

Chandler, R.B. and D. I. King. 2011. Journal of Avian Ecology 48:1037-1048

King, D.I., et al. 2011. Forest Ecology and Mangement 261:10–18

Stoleson, S.H., et al. 2011.. Forest Ecology and Management 262: 49-52

King, D.I., et al. 2011. Forest Ecology and Management 262:3–11

Tomosy, M., et al. 2011. Forest Ecology and Management 262:1-2.

Schlossberg, S., et al. 2010. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:1513–1522

Schlossberg, S. and D. I. King. 2010. Animal Conservation 13: 286–293

Wolfe, J.D., et al. 2009. Ornitologica Neotropical 20: 451–459

Arce, V.J.C., et al. 2009. Conservation and Society 7:141-144

King, D.I, et al. 2009.. Pages 45-51 In Proceedings of the 4th Intl. Partners in Flight Conference, McAllen, TX.

King, D.I., et al. 2009. Biological Conservation 142:2672–2680

Chandler, R.B., et al. 2009. Auk 126:186–197

Chandler, R.B., et al. 2009. Forest Ecology and Management 258:1669–1676

King, D.I., et al. (2009). For. Ecol. Mgmt. 257, 421–426.

Schlossberg, S. and D. I. King 2009. Journal of Wildlife Management 73(2):226-231

Schlossberg, S. and D. I. King. 2009. Environmental Management 43:609-618

King, D.I., et al. 2008. Biodiversity and Conservation 17:2691–2700

Lambert, J D., et al. 2008. Northeast Naturalist 15:607-618

Schlossberg, S. and D. I. King. 2008. Ecological Applications 18:1325–1330

King, D. I. , R. M. DeGraaf, M. L. Smith, and J. Buonaccorsi. 2006. Habitat selection and habitat-specific survival of fledgling Ovenbirds. Journal of Zoology 269: 414–421.

King, D. I. , and R. M. DeGraaf. 2006. Predators at bird nests in a northern hardwood forest in New Hampshire. Journal of Field Ornithology 77:239–243.

Current Student Research Projects:

Climate and bird distribution, New England, Richard Feldman, Postdoctoral (co-advised with Griffin)
Carryover effects in prairie warblers, Massachusetts and Bahamas, Michael Akresh, Ph.D.
Stopover and movements of migrating land birds, Gulf of Maine, Jennifer Smetzer, Ph.D.
Habitat-specific survival of non-breeding golden-winged warblers, Costa Rica, Jeffrey Ritterson, MS.
Non-breeding Neotropical migrants in coffee plantations, Honduras, Brett Bailey, MS.
Nest predators in suburban conservation areas, Massachusetts, Melanie Klein, MS. (co-advised with Warren)

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