Current Research

Members of the lab are using experimental, observational, and theoretical approaches to answer questions about the ecology and conservation of avian species. Some current projects:

  • climate and landscape effects on songbird productivity
  • captive breeding programs for endangered species
  • fitness consequences of habitat selection in songbirds
  • habitat use and survival of post-fledging birds
  • nest predator habitat use and resource selection

Please visit faculty and student webpages for more detailed descriptions of these and other projects.


Long-term Research

Guánica Avian Monitoring Project– the longest-running avian study in the Neotropics; Currently focused on identifying patterns of abundance and survival in winter resident birds (species which winter in this forest but breed in North America) and annual resident birds.

Selected Publications:

Faaborg, J., W.J. Arendt, J.D. Toms, K.M. Dugger, W.A. Cox, and M. Canals Mora. 2013. Long-term decline of a winter resident bird community in Puerto Rico.Biodiversity and Conservation 22:63-75. (view)

Toms, J.D., J. Faaborg, and W.J. Arendt. 2012. Climate change and birds in the forgotten tropics: the importance of tropical dry forests. Ibis 154:632-634. (view)

Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP)– a long-term, large-scale experiment seeking to understand how forest management (aka silvicultural practices) effects species interactions and communities. Avian ecology lab members lead bird community research on the 100 yr project. Avian Research Undergraduate Internships are offered annually.

Selected Publications

Morris, D.L., P.A. Porneluzi, J. Haslerig, R.L. Clawson and J. Faaborg. 2013. Results of 20 years of experimental forest management on breeding birds in Ozarks forests of Missouri, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 310:747-760 (.pdf)

Wallendorf, Michael, J. Paul A. Porneluzi, Wendy K. Gram, Richard L. Clawson, and John Faaborg, 2007.  Bird Response to Clear Cutting in Missouri Ozark Forests. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(6)1899-1905. (pdf)