Each year the NWRC examines the publications of its scientists and recognizes those papers that are rigorous treatments of topics that addressed important program missions areas and have application to managers and basic science. Because of the nature of delays in the publication process, the awards reflect those papers published during the previous calendar year, but recognized in the current year. All NWRC publications are reviewed by an independent ad hoc committee of peers.
Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management by Travis L. DeVault, Brian F. Blackwell, and Jerrold L. Belant. Published in The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.
The edited volume of this book pulls together the multi-faceted body of research on preventing wildlife-aircraft collisions. Travis DeVault, Bradley Blackwell, and Jerrold Belant not only edited the volume, but contributed to more than half the chapters. The book is an outstanding resource that will be used by researchers and airport managers across the globe. The volume collates and analyzes the current science on preventing wildlife encounters and provides best management practices based on science. NWRC Scientists at the Ohio Field Station have been at the forefront of this body of research and have led the way in tackling the problem from all perspectives. This publication synthesizes the body of work into a single volume that exposes researchers and managers to the wide variety of approaches that have been studied to prevent wildlife encounters at airports and presents the state of the science for managing these conflicts. The book provides concrete examples of the trade-offs and decisions that must be made in managing wildlife conflicts and will therefore also provide case studies for teaching wildlife management.
This publication was published in association with The Wildlife Society, brings prestige to NWRC, and cements the position the Ohio Field Station holds as the premier research group on wildlife-aircraft collisions.
Previous Award Winners:
Atwood, T. C., and E. M. Gese. 2010. Importance of resource selection and social behavior to partitioning of hostile space by sympatric canids. Journal of Mammalogy 91:490-499.
Blackwell, B. F., T. L. DeVault, T. W. Seamans, S. L. Lima, P. Baumhardt, and E. Fernández-Juricic. 2012. Exploiting avian vision with aircraft lighting to reduce bird strikes. Journal of Applied Ecology 49:758-766.
Bradley F. Blackwell, Esteban Fernándex-Juricic, Thomas W. Seamans, and Tracy Dolan. 2009. Avian visual system configuration and behavioural response to object approach. Animal Behavious 77:673-684.
Carlson, J. C., A. B. Franklin, D. R. Hyatt, S. E. Petitit, and G. M. Linz. 2011. The role of starlings in the spread of Salmonella within concentrated animal feeding operations. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:479-486
Da Silva, A. G., J. R. Eberhard, T. F. Wright, M. L. Avery, and M. A. Russello. 2010. Genetic evidence for high propagule pressure and long-distance dispersal in monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) invasive populations. Molecular Ecology 19:3336-3350.
Guillaumet, A., B. Dorr, and G. Wang. 2012. Towards optimized population control efficiency in space and time: A modelling framework adapted to a colonial waterbird. Ecological Modelling 235: 95-101.
Savidge, J.A., M.W. Hopken, G.W. Witmer, S.M. Jojola, J.J. Pierce, P.W. Burke, and A.J. Piaggio. 2012. Genetic evaluation of an attempted Rattus rattus eradication on Congo Cay, U.S. Virgin Islands, identifies importance of eradication units. Biological Invasions 14: 2343-2354.