Wildlife Damage Management
Dr. Bradley F. Blackwell,
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
Birds and mammals, but focusing primarily on species that pose hazards to aviation safety and those particularly susceptible to collisions with vehicles.
Since 1997 I have served as Research Wildlife Biologist for the National Wildlife Research Center’s Ohio Field station. My research focuses primarily on wildlife hazards associated with aviation. I collaborate with industry, colleagues in academia, and NWRC colleagues to understand and exploit avian visual configuration and antipredator behavior to develop means of reducing bird-aircraft collisions. This work targets the design of aircraft lighting systems. We’ve also extended our work to exploit the visual capabilities and antipredator behavior in white-tailed deer as means to reduce deer-vehicle collisions and use of select habitats. On a larger scale, I'm interested in how habitat modifications influence animal behavior, and how we might selectively manage airports or other habitats to maximize revenue from land covers, maximize conservation opportunities, and simultaneously reduce the risk associated with wildlife-aircraft collisions or other human-wildlife conflict.
My current studies include