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Dr. Morgan B. Pfeiffer

Contact Information: 
Title: Research Biologist (postdocoral researcher)
Address: USDA WS National Wildlife Research Center
6100 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 USA
Phone: 419-625-0248
Fax: 419-625-8465


  • Ph.D., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Zoology
  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Wildlife and Fisheries Science

International Experience

  • Environmental consultant involved with the best management practices for the Cape Vulture and wind energy development in South Africa.
  • Field assistant to multiple projects involving crocodiles, reptiles, birds, and mammals in South Africa.
  • A global ambassador for The Pennsylvania State University’s study abroad programs.
  • Participant in The Pennsylvania State University’s Parks and People Geography study abroad program.

Current Research

  • Landscape perspective of preventing animal-vehicle collisions
  • Spatial and predictive modelling
  • Remote sensing technology and its implications for wildlife management
  • Ecology, management, and conservation of vertebrate scavengers

Dr. Morgan B. Pfeiffer joined the Ohio Field Station of the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa where she investigated the ecology and conservation of an endangered vulture species. The results of her Ph.D. research have been incorporated into multiple management documents to promote the conservation of African vulture species. She is a research associate with the School of Natural Resource Management, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. Her current research focuses on the effects of landscape on various ecological processes.


Blackwell, B.F., T.W. Seamans, M.B. Pfeiffer, and B.N. Buckingham. 2018. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) reproduction undeterred by predator scent inside nest boxes. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96(9):980-986. doi: 10.1139/cjz-2017-0299

Martens, F.R., M.B. Pfeiffer, C.T. Downs, and J.A. Venter. 2018. Post-fledging movement and spatial ecology of the endangered cape vulture (gyps coprothers). Journal of Ornithology. Online: 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10336-018-1564-x

Pfeiffer, M.B., B.F. Blackwell, and T.L. DeVault. 2018. Quantification of avian hazards to military aircraft and implications for wildlife management. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206599. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206599

Pfeiffer, M.B., J.D. Kougher, and T.L. DeVault. 2018. Civil airports from a landscape perspective: A multi-scale approach with implications for reducing bird strikes. Landscape and Urban Planning 179:38-45. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.07.004

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