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Frank R. Thompson

Frank R. Thompson
Research Wildlife Biologist
Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes
202 ABNR Bldg., University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211-7260
United States
573-875-5341 x224
Current Research
I discover and develop information needed for conservation strategies for songbirds and other wildlife. My primary focus is to determine the effects of selected land use practices on forest songbirds, determine population demographics of selected neotropical migratory birds and identify factors regulating populations, and to determine factors affecting nest predation and brood parasitism. This information is used in landscape and habitat modeling to assist with conservation planning at landscape and ecoregional-scales. As Project Leader, I lead a multidisciplinary unit to develop the information needed for sustainable management of Central Hardwood ecosystems.
Research Interest
I am very interested in the development of tools and technologies to assist conservation planners and managers in planning wildlife conservation at large spatial scales. This involves the development of landscape change and wildlife habitat and viability models that can be used with existing data sources and GIS products over large areas such as national forests and ecological sections and provinces.
Why This Research Is Important
Land managers and conservationists need tools based on state of the art science to accomplish conservation and management objectives.
  • University of Missouri, Ph.D., Wildlife Biology, 1987
  • University of Vermont, M.S., Wildlife Biology, 1982
  • Rutgers University, Cook College, B.S., Wildlife Science, 1979
Professional Organizations
  • The Wildlife Society,  Current
  • American Ornithologists' Union,  Current
  • Cooper Ornithological Society,  Current
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Long-term Monitoring Reveals Bird Population Dynamics in the South

Year: 2020
The USDA Forest Service monitors birds because of interest in bird conservation, and many birds are important management indicator species or are threatened, endangered, or sensitive species. Scientists analyzed 26 years of bird monitoring data from southern national forests to determine the status...

A Warmer Midwest Could Lead to a Common Bird Becoming Less Common

Year: 2018
A warmer future may lead to a common midwestern songbird becoming considerably less common because nesting success is predicted to decline with warmer temperatures. Scientists discovered that climate warming can affect species through complex effects on their population ecology and not simply by cau...

The importance of forest management to birds affected by climate change

Year: 2017
In their ongoing efforts to better understand how bird species will respond to changes in the forest from climate change, Forest Service scientists find that forest management can play an important role in protecting forest bird populations.

Forecasts from Multiple Models Provides more Reliable Results

Year: 2016
Using multiple models instead of a single model allows researchers to develop more reliable forecasts of future forest change.

Many Bird Species Benefit From Oak Savanna Woodland Restoration

Year: 2014
Many bird species of conservation concern in the midwestern United States are associated with early successional or open forest conditions that are maintained by disturbance, such as fire or timber harvest. Growing interest in restoring savannas and woodlands in the Midwest for a variety of objectiv...

Prairie Warbler and Wood Thrush Populations Respond Well to Strategic Conservation Efforts

Year: 2013
A Forest Service scientist and his research partners demonstrated the power of landscape-based population viability models by evaluating responses of prairie warbler and wood thrush populations to different landscape-scale conservation scenarios. They found that relying on randomly placed habitat co...

Research Addresses Decline of Young Forests in Central Hardwood Region

Year: 2012
Report details how young forests can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context