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Tommy King


Contact Information:

Title: Research Wildlife Biologist

Address: USDA/WS/National Wildlife Research Center
Scales Building, Rm. 103, (P.O. Box 6099)
125 Stone Blvd.
Mississippi State University, MS 39762

Telephone: 662-325-8314



Research Project: Defining Economic Impacts and Developing Strategies for Reducing Avian Predation in Aquaculture Systems



M.S. Zoology, Auburn University, AL

B.S. Biology, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Current Research
  • Population dynamics of the American white pelican colony at Chase Lake, ND as related to southeastern aquaculture
  • Population dynamics of interior double-crested cormorant colonies and their relation to southeastern aquaculture
  • Potential for piscivorous birds to serve as hosts of Bolbophorus damnificus and Diplostomum spathaceum trematodes
  • Evaluate changes in American White Pelican abundance, distribution, and habitat use based on the decline in southeastern aquaculture acreage
  • Efficacy of existing and new harassment techniques given the decline in aquaculture acres



Tommy King is a Research Wildlife Biologist located in the Starkville, Mississippi Field Station. His current research interests include pelican and cormorant movement ecology, pelican and cormorant breeding colony dynamics, efficacy of pelican harassment at the local level, pelican energetics and census/survey techniques.

Recent Publications:

Chastant, J.E. and D.T. King. 2018. Plumage changes in double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) within the breeding season: The risks of aging by plumage. Waterbirds 41(3): 316-321. doi: 10.1675/063.041.0312

Rosser, T.G., W.A. Baumgartner, N.R. Alberson, T.W. Noto, E.T. Woodyard, D.T. King, D.J. Wise, and M.J. Griffin. 2018. Clinostomum poteae n. sp. (Digenea: Clinostomidae), in the trachea of a double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Lesson, 1831 and molecular data linking the life-cycle stages of Clinostomum album Rosser, Alberson, Woodyard, Cunningham, Pote & Griffin, 2017 in Mississippi, USA. Systematic Parasitology 95(6):543-566. doi: 10.1007/s11230-018-9801-5

Guitierrez Illan, J., G. Wang, F.L. Cunningham, and D.T. King. 2017. Seasonal effects of wind conditions on migration patterns of soaring American white pelican. PLoS One 12(10):e0186948. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0186948

King, D.T., G. Wang, Z. Yang, and J.W. Fischer. 2017. Advances and environmental conditions of spring migration phenology of American white pelicans. Scientific Reports 7:40339.  doi: 10.1038/srep40339 

King, D.T., J. Fischer, B. Strickland, W.D. Walter, F.L. Cunningham, and G. Wang. 2016. Winter and summer home ranges of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) captured at loafing sites in the southeastern United States. Waterbirds 39(3):287-294.  doi: 10.1675/063.039.0308 

Chastant, J.E., C.T. Callaghan, and D. T. King. 2016. Morphometric Variation during Chick Development in Interior Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus). Waterbirds 39(3):260-267.  doi: 10.1675/063.039.0305 

Meyer, K.A., C.L. Sullivan, P. Kennedy, D.J. Schill, D.M. Teuscher, A.F. Brimmer, and D.T. King. 2016. Predation by American white pelicans and double-crested cormorants on catchable-sized hatchery Rainbow trout in select Idaho lentic waters. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36(2):294-308.  doi: 10.1080/02755947.2015.1120835   

Craig, E.C., D.T. King, J.P. Sparks, and P.D. Curtis. 2016. Aquaculture depredation by double-crested cormorants breeding in eastern North America. Journal of Wildlife Management 80(1):57-62. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.989   

Chastant, J.E., D.T. King, D.V.C.Weseloh, D.J. Moore. 2014. Population dynamics of Double-crested Cormorants in two interior breeding areas.  Journal of Wildlife Management 78(1): 3-11. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.628.

O'Hear, M., L.Pote, M.Yost, C. Doffitt, T. King, and C.Panuska. 2014. Morphologic and molecular identifications of digenetic trematodes in Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) from the Mississippi Delta. USA. Journal of Wildlife Disease 50(1): 42-49. doi: 10.7589/2012-10-249.

King, D.T., B.L. Goatcher, J.W. Fischer, J. Stanton, J.M. Lacour, S.C. Lemmons, and G. Wang. 2013. Home ranges and habitat use of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Waterbirds 36:494-500.

Courtot, K. N., D. D. Roby, J. Y. Adkins, D. E. Lyons, D. T. King, and R. S. Larsen. 2012. Colony connectivity of Pacific Coast double-crested cormorants based on post-breeding dispersal from the region's largest colony. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1462-1471. 

King, D.T., B.K Strickland, and A. Radomski. 2012. Winter and summer home ranges and core use aeras of Double-crested Cormorants captured near aquaculture facilities in the southeastern United States. Waterbirds 35 (Special Publication 1): 124-131. 

King, D.T., B.K Strickland, and A. Radomski. 2012. Migration patterns of Double-crested Cormorants wintering in the southeastern United States. Waterbirds 35 (Special Publication 1): 132-137. 

Wesseloh, D.V. Chip, F.C.Cuthbert, and D.T. King. 2012. Introduction: Double-crested Cormorants of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin: recent studies, movements, and responses to management actions. Waterbirds 35 (Special Publication 1): 1-3.

Weseloh, D.V.,F.C. Cuthbert,D. T. King, and C. Somers (Co-eds). 2012. Double-crested Cormorants of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin: Recent Studies, Movements and Response to Management Actions. Waterbirds 35, Special Publication 1: 148pgs.

Ferguson, T.L., B.J. Rude, and D.T. King. 2011. Nutrient utilization and diet preference of American White Pelicans consuming either a mono- or multi-species diet. Waterbirds. 34:218-224

Khoo, L., D. J. Wise, L. M. Pote, A. J. Mitchell, T. S. Byars, M. C. Yost, C. M. Doffitt, B. S. Dorr, B. A. George, D. T. King, T. R. Hanson, C. S. Tuckeer, T. E. Greenway, M. J. Griffin, A. C. Camus, and C. C. Panuska. 2011. Ameliorating the effects of the digenetic trematode, Bolbophorus damnificus, on the channel catfish industry. Pages 237-243 in R. C. Cipriano, A.W. Bruckner, and I. S. Shchelkunovv, editors. Bridging America and Russia with shared perspectives on aquatic animal health: Proceedings of the Third Bilateral Conference between Russia and the United States. Khaled bin Sultan Living Ocean Foundation, Landover, Maryland.

King, D. T., J. L. Belant, B. Harrel, and J. Glahn. 2010. Superabundant food at catfish aquaculture facilities improves body condition in American white pelicans. Waterbirds 33:221-227. 

King, D. T., B. F. Blackwell, B. S. Dorr, and J. L. Belant. 2010. Effects of aquaculture on migration and movement patterns of double-crested cormorants. Human-Wildlife Interactions 4:77-86. 

King, D. T., B. K. Strickland, and J. L. Belant. 2010. Sex and age bias in American white pelicans captured and collected on wintering grounds. Waterbirds 33:546-549.

Doffitt, C. M., L. M. Pote, and D. T. King. 2009. Experimental Bolphorus damnificus (Digenea: Bolbophoridae) infections in piscivorous birds. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45:684-691.

Chastant, J. E., P. B. Fioranelli, and T. D. King. 2008. Fledgling double-crested cormorants rehearse a food manipulation technique with woody debris, algae, and shells. Waterbirds148. 

King, D. T., and J. E. Chastant. 2008. Water regurgitation by adult double-crested cormorants: a possible mechanism to assist in chick thermoregulation. Waterbirds 31:283-284. 

Sovada, M. A., P. J. Pietz, K. A. Converse, D. T. King, E. K. Hofmeister, P. Scherr, and H. S. Ip. 2008. Impact of West Nile virus and other mortality factors on American white pelicans at breeding colonies in the northern plains of North America. Biological Conservation1021-1031.

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