Title: Research Wildlife Biologist
Unit: Center for Research on Ecosystem Change
Address: Northern Research Station
201 Holdsworth NRC, Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9285
E-mail: Contact David King
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- Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. May 1999. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation/Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (joint degree).
- M.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. May 1995. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation.
- B.S. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. May 1989. Wildlife Management.
Civic & Professional Affiliations
American Ornithologists? Union, The Wildlife Society
Current studies include the ecology and management of disturbance dependant birds in managed wildlife openings and beaver-influenced wetlands, as well as the effects of fuels control on these species in pitch pine scrub oak forests. I am also studying the factors affecting populations of birds in montane spruce-fir forests, the ecology of birds during migratory stopover, and the relationship of birds with exotic invasive plants. Finally, I am studying the habitat use and habitat specific survival of wintering Neotropical migrants in Costa Rican coffee plantations.
Why is This Important
Americans care for wildlife and wild places, and birds are a conspicuous component of our wildlife resource that attracts millions of bird watching enthusiasts annually. Many bird species are declining and require habitat management for their numbers to persist. This is particularly true of disturbance dependent species, the focus of much of my research. These populations are vulnerable at all stages of the annual cycle, and thus, my research includes study of the habitats needed for breeding, migration and over wintering. My research provides the knowledge and tools required by managers to conserve these species and the habitats they require.
- I plan to investigate the distribution of forest vertebrates along a gradient of urbanization and fragmentation in southern New England with my colleague Dr. Robert Brooks.
- I plan to investigate the ecology of vertebrates in eastern old growth and over mature forests.
- I plan to investigate the ecology of Cerulean Warblers on the edge of their range in southern New England.
- Tomosy, Monica; Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I. 2011. A century of avian research on USFS Experimental Forests and Ranges: Introduction to the special section on long-term avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges. Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 1-2.
- Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I.; Tomosy, Monica. 2011. Avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges: Emergent themes, opportunities, and challenges. Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 49-52.
- King, David I.; Chandler, Carlin; Chandler, Richard; DeGraaf, Richard M. 2005. Effects of Silviculture on Mature Forest and Early-successional Shrubland Passerine Birds in Northern and Central New England. In: Kenefic, Laura S.; Twery, Mark J., eds. Changing Forests - Challenging Times: Proceedings of the New England Society of American Foresters 85th Winter Meeting; 2005 March 16-18; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-325. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station: 21
- King, David I.; Byers, Bruce E. 2002. An evaluation of powerline rights-of-way as habitat for early-successional shrubland birds. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30(3):868-874
- King, David I.; DeGraaf, Richard M. 2002. The effect of forest roads on the reproductive success of forest-dwelling passerine birds. Forest Science. 48(2): 391-396.