Wildlife Damage Management
Dr. Brian E. Washburn is a Research Biologist with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) Sandusky, OH, Field Station. Prior to joining NWRC in 2003, Dr. Washburn was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri (MU) where he developed the Wildlife Physiology Laboratory and conducted research studies involving stress and reproductive physiology of numerous wildlife taxa.
In his current position at NWRC, Dr. Washburn works extensively with colleagues and partners from Wildlife Services research and operations, the U.S. Department of Defense, Universities, civilian airports, state wildlife agencies, nongovernment organizations, and private industry. His research involves basic and applied wildlife ecology studies that provide a better understanding of wildlife movement patterns (e.g., migration ecology), foraging ecology, habitat management, land-use practices, and ecology of wildlife within urban ecosystems. Findings from his research are used to reduce wildlife hazards within and near airport environments. In addition to his appointment with NWRC, Dr. Washburn is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, Michigan State University, and North Carolina State University.
Wildlife hazards to aviation, grasslands restoration, vegetation management, stress physiology, reproductive physiology, nutrition, telemetry
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
White-tailed deer, osprey, eagles, raptors, gulls, upland game birds, waterfowl, ungulates, cottontail rabbit
Products/Techniques Developed or Tested
DeVault, T.L., M.J. Begier, J.L. Belant, B.F. Blackwell, R.A. Dolbeer, J.A. Martin, T.W. Seamans, and B.E. Washburn. 2013. Rethinking airport land-cover paradigms: agriculture, grass, and wildlife hazards. Human-Wildlife Interactions 7(1): 10-15.
Schmidt, J.A., B.E. Washburn, T.L. DeVault, T.W. Seamans, and P.M. Schmidt. 2013. Do native warm-season grasslands near airports increase bird strike hazards? American Midland Naturalist 170(1): 144-157. doi: 10.1674/0003-0031-170.1.144.
Washburn, B. E., G. E. Bernhardt, L. Kutschbach-Brohl, R. B. Chipman, and L. C. Francoeur. 2013. Foraging ecology of four gull species at a coastal-urban interface. Condor 115:67-76.
Washburn, B.E., P.J. Cisar, T.L. DeVault. 2013. Wildlife strikes to civil helicopters in the US, 1990-2011. Transportation Research Part D (2013) 83-88. doi 10.1016/j.trd2013.06.004.
NWRC Research Project: New Technologies to Deter Wildlife from Airports and Aircraft
Last Modified: November 26, 2013