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Dr. 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

 

Dr, Brian Washburn with osprey

Current Research

●  Assessing resident Canada goose movements using satellite telemetry

●  Development and use of 3-dimensional animal movement models

●  Quantifying bald eagle use of airport environments

●  Ecology of ospreys in the Lower Great Lakes Region

●  Management of short-eared owls within airport environments

●  Post-translocation movements of red-tailed hawks

●  Relocation of American kestrels from airport environments

●  Effects of prescribed burning on airfield vegetation and white-tailed deer use
 

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

Jachowski, D.S., S. McCorquodale, B.E. Washburn, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2015. Human disturbance and the physiological response of elk in eastern Washington. Wildlife Biology in Practice 11(1):12-25.  doi: 10.2461/wbp.2015.11.3

Washburn, B.E., M.J. Begier, and S.E. Wright. 2015. Collisions between eagles and aircraft: An increasing problem in the airport environment. Journal of Raptor Research 49(2):192-200.  doi: 10.3356/rapt-49-02-192-200.1

Morris, D.L., J. Faaborg, B.E. Washburn, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2015. Predator-induced renesting and reproductive effort in indigo buntings: more work for less pay? Conservation Physiology 3:1-16.  doi: 10.1093/conphys/cou063.

Rutledge, M.E., R. Sollmann, B.E. Washburn, C.E. Moorman, and C.S. DePerno. 2015. Using novel spatial mark-resight techniques to monitor resident Canada geese in a suburban environment.  Wildlife Research 41:447-453.  doi: 10.1071/WR14069.

Cushing, R., and B.E. Washburn. 2014. Exploring the role of ospreys in education. Journal of Raptor Research 48(4):414-421. doi: 10.3356/JRR-14-00011.1.

Washburn, B.E., M.S. Martell, R.O. Bierregaard, Jr., C.J. Henny, B.S. Dorr, and T.J. Olexa. 2014. Wintering ecology of adult North American ospreys. Journal of Raptor Research 48(4):325-333. doi: 10.3356/JRR-OSPR-13-01.1.

Bierregaard, R.O., A.F. Poole, and B.E. Washburn. 2014. Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) in the 21st Century: Populations, migration, management, and research priorities. Journal of Raptor Research 48(4):301-308. doi: 10.3356/0892-1016-48.4.301.

Martell, M.S., Bierregaard Jr., R.O., B.E. Washburn, J.E. Elliott, C.J. Henry, R.S. Kennedy, and I. MacLeod. The spring migration of adult North American ospreys. Journal of Raptor Research 48(4)309-324.  doi: 10.3356/JRR-14-00035.1.

Washburn, B.E. 2014. Human–osprey conflicts: Industry, utilities, communication, and transportation. Journal of Raptor Research 48(4):387-395. doi: 10.3356/JRR-OSPR-13-04.1.

Washburn, B.E., P.J. Cisar, and T.L. DeVault. 2014. Wildlife strikes with U.S. military rotary-wing aircraft deployed in foreign countries. Human-Wildlife Interactions 8(2):251-260.

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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