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Brian E. Washburn

 
Dr. Brian E. Washburn Research Wildlife Biologist


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.

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


Current Research

  • Assessing BASH risk of breeding and migrating osprey in the Chesapeake Bay region
  • Evaluating trash-transfer facilities as bird attractants
  • Studying alternative vegetation types for airfields and foraging preferences of Canada Geese
  • Further evaluating a Wildlife Services experimental operational program to reduce the number of aircraft strikes by laughing gulls and other gulls at JFK International Airport
  • Evaluating the attractiveness of bio-solids applications on airfields to wildlife hazardous to aviation Dr, Brian Washburn with osprey
  • Testing tall fescue variety trials for airfields
  • Translocating immature bald eagles to reduce eagle-strike risk
  • Assessing resident Canada goose movements using satellite telemetry


Education

  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Animal Sciences, Ecological relationships among tall fescue, native warm-season grasses, and Eastern cottontail rabbits
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Establishment of native hardwoods on reclaimed mined lands in the bituminous coal region of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Environmental and Forest Biology
  • A.A.S., State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Biological Technology

International Experience
  • South Africa (African elephant stress physiology)


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: brian.e.washburn@aphis.usda.gov

 

Recent Publications

Washburn, B.E., P.J. Cisar, and T.L. DeVault. 2014. Wildlife strikes with military rotary-wing aircraft during flight operations within the United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38(2):311-320. doi: 10.1002/wsb.409.

Guerrant, T.L., C.K. Pullins, S.F. Beckerman, B.E. Washburn. 2013. Managing raptors to reduce wildlife strikes at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Proceedings of the Wildlife Damage Management Conference 15: 63-68.

Belant, J.L., B.E. Washburn, and T.L. DeVault. 2013. Understanding animal movements at and near airports.  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. 128-138.

DeVault, T.L., and B.E. Washburn. Identification and management of wildlife food resources at airports. 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. 79-90.

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.

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.

 



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