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Tom Seamans

   
 
Thomas W. Seamans
Wildlife Biologist 

Tom Seamans is a Certified Wildlife Biologist for the USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center field station in Sandusky, Ohio. He started there in 1987 focusing on blackbird management in corn and assisting in the development of alpha-chloralose as a bird capture tool. Since 1991 he has worked primarily on reducing wildlife hazards to aviation. This work has focused on habitat management at airports to reduce the attraction of wildlife to these areas. Additionally, he has worked on a wide variety of techniques to repel wildlife from areas in which they are causing conflicts.

NWRC Research Project: New Technologies to Deter Wildlife from Airports and Aircraft


Current Research

Enhancement of pyrotechnics, earthworm repellents, overhead grids as a bird deterrent, cliff swallow nesting deterrent


Education

  • M.S., The Ohio State University, Wildlife Management, Effects of dummy radio-transmitters on captive common grackles
  • B.S., Cornell University, Wildlife Science
 

Contact Information

  • Address: Wildlife Services, NWRC Ohio Field Station, 6100 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
  • Telephone: 419.625.0242
  • Fax: 419.625.8465
  • E-mail: thomas.w.seamans@aphis.usda.gov 

 

Publications

2014

DeVault, T.L., P.M. Schmidt, F.E. Pogmore, J. Gobeille, J.L. Belant, and T.W. Seamans. 2014.Influence of egg oiling on colony presence of ring-billed gulls. Human-Wildlife Interactions 8(1):22-30

DeVault, T.L., B.F. Blackwell, T.W. Seamans, S.L. Lima, E. Fernandez-Juricic. 2014. Effects of vehicle speed on flight initiation by turkey vultures: Implications for bird-vehicle collisions. PLoS ONE 9(2): e87944. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087944.

2013

Seamans, T.W., B.F. Blackwell, and T.L. Devault. 2013. Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) response to pyrotechnics and lethal removal in a controlled setting. Proceedings of the Wildlife Damage Management Conference 15: 56-62.

Blackwell, B.F., D. Felstul, and T.W. Seamans. 2013. Managing airport stormwater to reduce attraction to wildlife. Pages 93-102 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.

Curtis, P.D., J.D. Cepek, R.Mihalco, T.W. Seamans, and S.R. Craven. 2013. Wildlife translocation as a management alternative at airports. Pages 61-65 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.

Martin, J.A., T.J. Conkling, J.L. Belant, K.M. Biondi, B.F. Blackwell, T.L. DeVault, E. Fernandez-Juricic, P.M. Schmidt, and T.W. Seamans. 2013. Wildlife conservation and alternative land uses at airports. Pages 117-125 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.

Seamans, T.W., J.A. Martin, and J.L. Belant. 2013. Tactile and auditory repellents to reduce wildlife hazards to aircraft. Pages 37-46 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.

VerCauteren, K.C., M. Lavelle, and T.W. Seamans.  2013. Excluding mammals from airports. Pages 49-59 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.

Washburn, B.E. and T.W. Seamans.  2013. Managing turfgrass to reduce wildlife hazards at airports. Pages 105-114 in T.L. DeVault, B.F. Blackwell, and J.L. Belant, editors. Wildlife in Airport Environments: Preventing Animal-Aircraft Collisions through Science-Based Management. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, in association with The Wildlife Society.

Hartmann, J.W., T.G. Guerrant, S.F. Beckerman, R.M. Engeman, and T.W. Seamans. 2013. Report to the Chicago Park District on conflicts with Ring-billed gulls and the 2013 Integrated Ring-billed Gull Damage Management Project. USDA, Wildlife Services. 29 p.

DeVault, T.L., T.W. Seamans, J.A. Schmidt, J.L. Belant, B.F. Blackwell, N. Mooers, L.A. Tyson, and L. VanPelt. 2013. Bird use of solar photovoltaic installations at US airports: Implications for aviation safety. Landscape and Urban Planning 122: 122-128. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.11.017.

Blackwell B.F., Seamans T.W., Schmidt P.M., De Vault T.L., Belant J.L., Whittingham M.J., Martin J.A. and E. Fernández-Juricic. 2013. A framework for managing airport grasslands and birds amidst conflicting priorities. Ibis 155:189-193.

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.

Hartmann, J.W., S.F. Beckerman, T.W. Seamans, R.M. Engeman, and S. Beazley. 2013. Report to the City of Chicago on conflicts with ring-billed gulls and the 2012 integrated ring-billed gull damage management project. Chicago, USDA, Wildlife Services.

Homan, H.J., J.T. LeJeune, D.L. Pearl, T.W. Seamans, A.A. Slowik, M.R. Morasch, and G.M. Linz. 2013. Use of dairies by postreproductive flocks of European starlings. Journal of Dairy Science 96(7): 4487-4493. doi: 10.3168/jds.2013-6712.

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.

 

 

 



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