Associate Professor &
Faculty Manager of Taylor Fork
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 88:63–69.
Brown, D.R., and S.C.
Richter. 2012. Meeting the challenges to preserving Kentucky’s biodiversity. Sustain 25:22–33. 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 261:111–119. 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 71:82–94. 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 19:1314–1325. pdf
Brown, D.R., and T.W.
Sherry. 2008. Solitary winter roosting of ovenbirds in core foraging area. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:455–459. pdf
Brown, D. R., and J. A. Long.
2007. What is a winter floater? Causes, consequences, and implications for
habitat selection. Condor 109:548–565. pdf
Brown, D.R., and T.W.
Sherry. 2006. Food supply controls body condition of a migrant bird wintering
in the tropics. Oecologia 149:22–32. 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 4:627–638. 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 66:407–416. pdf
Brown, D.R., P.C. Stouffer, and C.M.
Strong. 2000. Movement and territoriality of wintering Hermit Thrushes in
southeastern Louisiana. Wilson
Bulletin 112:347–353. pdf