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




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