David Brown

Associate Professor &

Faculty Manager of Taylor Fork Ecological Area


Department of Biological Sciences

Eastern Kentucky University


Ph.D., Tulane University, 2006

M.S., Southeastern Louisiana University, 1999

B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994

Wildlife & Wetland Ecology, Winter Ecology, Migratory Birds


As an instructor, I am interested in teaching students about techniques and issues in wildlife ecology relevant to biologists living and working in the southeast. My classes emphasize field-based data collection, application of quantitative analyses to these data, and written and oral presentation of the results.

As a researcher, I'm interested in the non-breeding season ecology of migratory birds. My focus is population ecology, but I use behavioral and physiological studies of individual birds to better understand population processes. I also conduct research on wetland ecology.

Research website


Taylor Fork Ecological Area and maps




Weinkam, T.J., G.A. Janos, D.R. Brown. 2017. Habitat use and foraging behavior of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) in relation to winter weather. Northeastern Naturalist 24(Special Issue 7):B1-B18.


Guidugli-Cook, M., S.C. Richter, B.J. Scott, D.R. Brown. 2017. Field-based assessment of wetland condition, wetland extent, and the National Wetlands Inventory in Kentucky, USA. Wetlands Ecology and Management doi:10.1007/s11273-017-9533-3 pdf


Brown, D., G. Miller. 2016. Band recoveries reveal alternative migration strategies in American Robins. Animal Migration 3:35-47. pdf


Padover, A., J. Koslow, D. Brown. 2016. Population trends of the federally endangered Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) at the Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky. Natural Areas Journal 36:137-145. pdf


Brown, D.R., and T. Weinkam. 2014. Predicting bird community changes to invasion of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Kentucky. Southeastern Naturalist 13s:104-116. pdf


Douglas, D.D., D.R. Brown, and N. Pederson. 2013. Land snail diversity can reflect degrees of anthropogenic disturbance. Ecosphere 4:art28. pdf


Bisig Clark, A., C.L. Elliott, and D. Brown. 2012. Nesting habitat characteristics of Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias) colonies on the interior plateau of Kentucky. The Kentucky Warbler 88:6369.


Brown, D.R., and S.C. Richter. 2012. Meeting the challenges to preserving Kentucky’s biodiversity. Sustain 25:2233. pdf


Brown, D.R., T.W. Sherry, and J. Harris. 2011. Hurricane Katrina impacts the breeding bird community in a bottomland hardwood forest of the Pearl River Basin, Louisiana. Forest Ecology and Management 261:111119. pdf


McSpirit, S., D. Brown, S. Scott, J. Pulliam. 2010. Major impacts and challenges facing Kentucky’s streams and wetlands: a summary of agency, other expert, and stakeholder views. Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences 71:8294. pdf


Brown, D.R. and T.W. Sherry. 2008. Alternative strategies of space use and response to resource change in a wintering migrant songbird. Behavioral Ecology 19:13141325. pdf


Brown, D.R., and T.W. Sherry. 2008. Solitary winter roosting of ovenbirds in core foraging area. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:455459. pdf


Brown, D. R., and J. A. Long. 2007. What is a winter floater? Causes, consequences, and implications for habitat selection. Condor 109:548565. pdf


Brown, D.R., and T.W. Sherry. 2006. Food supply controls body condition of a migrant bird wintering in the tropics. Oecologia 149:2232. pdf


Brown, D.R., and T.W. Sherry. 2006. Behavioral response of resident Jamaican birds to food supplementation to dry season food supplementation. Biotropica 38:9199.   pdf


Brown, D. R., and J. A. Long. 2006. Experimental fruit removal does not affect territory structure of wintering hermit thrushes. Journal of Field Ornithology 77:404–408. pdf


Strong, C.M., D.R. Brown, P.C. Stouffer. 2005. Frugivory by wintering Hermit Thrush in Louisiana. Southeastern Naturalist 4:627638. pdf


Brown, D.R., C.M. Strong, P.C. Stouffer. 2002.  Demographic effects of habitat selection on Hermit Thrushes wintering in a pine plantation landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:407416. pdf


Brown, D.R., P.C. Stouffer, and C.M. Strong. 2000. Movement and territoriality of wintering Hermit Thrushes in southeastern Louisiana. Wilson Bulletin 112:347353. pdf