Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Michael Ward
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Champaign, IL 61820
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and a Scientist at INHS. My area of research is the population dynamics and behavior of birds. I also work with the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP)
I am conducting research in the Midwest and Mexico on various aspects of avian ecology and conservation. We also recently completed the repeat of a state-wide survey of birds conducted in 1900s and the 1950s, and a book has been produced about this survey. (

Some of the research I am currently involved with include monitoring the effect of USDA's State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), using automated telemetry systems to investigate the movements of shrubland birds, tracking neotropical migrants as they migrate from Alabama to the Yucatan Peninsula, investigating the nesting success of birds in no-till soybean fields, investigating the role of conspecific vocalizations in the settlement of grassland birds, and studying the behavior and population dynamics of wetland birds in northeast Illinois.

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Professional affiliations:
American Ornithologist's Union
Cooper Ornithological Society
Selected publications:
Ward, M. P. and S. Schlossberg. April 2004. Conspecific attraction and the conservation of territorial songbirds. Conservation Biology 18: 519-525.

Ward, M. P. 2005. The role of immigration in the decline of an isolated migratory bird population. Conservation Biology 19: 1528-1536.

Ward, M. P. 2005. Habitat selection by dispersing yellow-headed blackbirds: evidence of prospecting and the use of public information. Oecologia 145: 1432-1939.

Ward, M. P. and P. Weatherhead. 2005. Sex-specific differences in site fidelity and the cost of dispersal in yellow-headed blackbirds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 108-114.

Beveroth, T., M. P. Ward, R. Lampman, A. Ringia, and R. Novak. in press. The changes in seroprevalence of West Nile virus across Illinois in free ranging birds from 2001-2004. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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Assistant Professor - Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Education: Ph.D.,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Animal Biology, 2004

MS,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, 2000

BS, Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State), Kirksville, Missouri, 1995
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