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Michael Morrison

   Biography

BS in zoology, Northern Arizona Univ.; MS in wildlife science, Texas A&M Univ., Ph.D. in wildlife science Oregon State Univ. Former faculty positions at Univ. California, Berkeley; Univ. Arizona; and Calif. State Univ., Sacramento. Former editor of Journal of Wildlife Management and presently editor of Ornithological Monographs.

Texas A&M University
210 Nagle Hall  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
College Station,  TX  77843-2258  United States
Phone: 979-204-3015 Fax: 969-845-4096
Email: mlmorrison@tamu.edu


   Research Interests

Wildlife habitat ecology and restoration ecology; endangered species ecology and management.
Raptors in general, northern goshawk more specifically. Also much emphasis on songbird ecology.

Species of Interest: 
  • Northern Goshawk
  • White-tailed Hawk


   Publications

Books and monographs:

Morrison, M.L. 2009. Restoring wildlife: ecological concepts and practical applications. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Morrison, M.L., W.M. Block, M.D. Strickland, B.A. Collier, and M.J. Peterson. 2008. Wildlife study design. Second edition. Springer-Verlag, New York, N.Y.

Morrison, M.L., B.G. Marcot, and R.W. Mannan. 2006. Wildlife habitat relationships: concepts and applications. Third edition. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Morrison, M.L., L. Bies, and C. Nolden. 2007. The leadership workbook. a how-to guide on building leadership skills in your life and profession". The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, MD.

Morrison, M.L. 2002. Wildlife restoration: techniques for habitat analysis and animal monitoring. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Morrison, M.L.. W.M. Block, M.D. Strickland, and W.L. Kendall. 2001. Wildlife study design. Springer-Verlag, New York. 210 pp.

Morrison, M.L., B.G. Marcot, and R.W. Mannan. 1998. Wildlife habitat relationships: concepts and applications. Second edition. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.

Morrison, M.L., B.G. Marcot, and R.W. Mannan. 1992. Wildlife habitat relationships: concepts and applications. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI. 343 pp.

Scott, T.A., and M.L. Morrison. 1990. Natural history and management of the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 4(2):23-60.

Proceedings Editor:

Morrison, M.L. (ed). 2006. The Northern Goshawk: a technical assessment of its status, ecology, and management. Studies in Avian Biology no. 31. Cooper Ornithological Society, Camarillo, CA.

Morrison, M.L., L.S. Hall, S.K. Robinson, S.I. Rothstein, D.C. Hahn, and T.D. Rich (eds.). 1999. Research and management of the Brown-headed Cowbird in western landscapes. Studies in Avian Biology no. 18. Cooper Ornithological Society, Camarillo, CA.

Block, W.M., M.L. Morrison, and M.H. Reiser (eds.). 1994. The Northern Goshawk: ecology and management. Studies in Avian Biology 16:1-136.

Scott, J.M., P.J. Heglund, M.L. Morrison, J.B. Haufler, M.G. Raphael, W.A. Wall, and F.B. Samson (eds.). 2002. Predicting species occurrences: issues of scale and accuracy. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Morrison, M.L. (ed.). Developing multiple-species conservation reserves and habitat conservation plans. 2000. Environmental Management Volume 26, Supplement 1.

Carter, H.R., and M.L. Morrison (eds.). 1992. Status and conservation of the Marbled Murrelet in North America. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 5(1):1 133.

Morrison, M.L., C.J. Ralph, J. Verner, and J.R. Jehl, Jr. (eds.). 1990. Avian foraging: theory, methodology, and applications. Studies in Avian Biology 13:1-515.

Verner, J., M.L. Morrison, and C.J. Ralph (eds.). 1986. Wildlife 2000: modeling habitat relationships of terrestrial vertebrates. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.

Book Chapters:

Morrison, M.L., K.C. Sinclair, and C.G. Thelander. 2007. A sampling framework for conducting studies of the influence of wind energy developments on birds and other animals. Pp. 101-115 in M. de Lucas, G.F.E. Janss, and M. Ferrer (eds.), Birds and wind farms. Quercus, Madrid, Spain.

Keane, J.J., M.L. Morrison, and D.M. Fry. 2006. Prey and weather factors associated with temporal variation in Northern Goshawk reproduction in the Sierra Nevada, California. Pp. 85-99 in The Northern Goshawk: a technical assessment of its status, ecology, and management (M.L. Morrison, ed.). Cooper Ornithological Society, Ephrata, PA.

Morrison, M.L. 2006. Toward a better understanding of the Northern Goshawk. Pp. 5-7 in M.L. Morrison (ed.), The Northern Goshawk: a technical assessment of its status, ecology, and management Cooper Ornithological Society, Ephrata, PA.

Smallwood, J.S., L. Rugge, S. Hoover, M.L. Morrison, and C. Thelander. 2001. Intra- and inter-turbine string comparison of fatalities to animal burrow densities at Altamont Pass. Pp. 23-37 in S.S. Schwartz (ed.), Proceedings of the National Avian-Wind Power Planning Meeting IV, Carmel, CA, May 16-17, 2000 Resolve, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Morrison, M.L. 2000. The role of visual acuity in bird-wind turbine interactions. Pp. 28-30 in Proceedings of National Avian-Wind Power Planning Meeting III, San Diego, California, May 1998. LGL Ltd., King City, Ontario, Canada.

Kiff, L.F., D.B. Peakall, M.L. Morrison, and S.R. Wilbur. 1983. Eggshell thickness and DDE residue levels in vulture eggs. Pp. 440-458 in S.R. Wilbur and J.A. Jackson (eds.), Vulture biology and management University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Papers:

McFarland, T.M., H.A. Mathewson, J.E. Groce, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. In press. Estimating distribution of the endangered Black-capped Vireo in Texas. Southeastern Naturalist.

Pope, T.L., T.J. Conkling, K.N. Smith, M.R. Colon, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. In press. Effects of adult behavior and nest-site characteristics on Black-capped Vireo nest survival. Condor.

Campomizzi, A.J., S.L. Farrell, T.M. McFarland, H.A. Mathewson, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Species conservation at a broad spatial scale: reproductive success of Golden-cheeked Warblers across their breeding range. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Conkling, T.J., T.L. Pope, K.N. Smith, H.A. Mathewson, M.L. Morrison, R.N. Wilkins, and J.W. Cain III. 2012. Black-capped Vireo nest predator assemblage and predictors for nest predation. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1401-1411.

Farrell, S.L., M.L. Morrison, A.J. Campomizzi, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Conspecific cues and breeding habitat selection in an endangered wood warbler. Journal of Animal Ecology 81:1056-1064.

Klassen, J.A., M.L. Morrison, H.A. Mathewson, G.G. Rosenthal, R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Canopy characteristics affecting avian reproductive success: the Golden-cheeked Warbler. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:54-60.

Lawson, A.L., M.L. Morrison, and R.D. Slack. 2012. Impacts of oil and gas development on wintering grassland birds at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas. Southeastern Naturalist 10:303-320.

Lituma, C.M., M.L. Morrison, and J.D. Whiteside. 2012. Restoration of grasslands and nesting success of Dickcissels (Spiza americana). Southwestern Naturalist 57:138-143.

Marshall, M.E., A.M. Long, S.L. Farrell, H.A. Mathewson, M.L. Morrison, C. Newnam, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Using impact assessment study designs for addressing impacts to species of conservation concern. Wildlife Society Bulletin DOI 10.1002/wsb.179.

McFarland, T.M., H.A. Mathewson, J. Groce, M.L. Morrison, C. Newnam, T. Snelgrove, K. Skow, B. Collier, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Utilization of a species distribution model for management and conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin DOI: 10.1002/wsb.106.

Smith, K.N., J.W. Cain, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Nesting ecology of the Black-capped Vireo in southwest Texas. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(2):277-285.

Mathewson, H.A., J.E. Groce, T.M. McFarland, M.L. Morrison, J.C. Newnam, R.T. Snelgrove, B.A. Collier, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Estimating breeding season abundance of Golden-cheeked Warblers in Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1117-1128.

Cocimano, M.C., M.L. Morrison, H.A. Mathewson, and L. Vormwald. 2011. Influence of meadow moisture levels on activity of small mammal nest predators in the Sierra Nevada, California. Northwestern Naturalist 92:50-56.

Laake, J.L., B.A. Collier, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. 2011. Point-based mark-recapture sampling. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 16:389-408.

Lackey, M.A., M.L. Morrison, Z.G. Loman, N. Fisher, S.L. Farrell, B.A. Collier, and R.N. Wilkins. 2011. Effects of road construction noise on the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:15-19.

Morrison, M.L., R.J. Young, J.S. Romsos, and R. Golightly. 2011. Restoring forest raptors: influence of human disturbance and forest condition on Northern Goshawks. Restoration Ecology 19:273-279.

Strickland, M.D., E.B. Arnett, W.P. Erickson, D.H. Johnson, G.D. Johnson, M.L., Morrison, J.A. Shaffer, and W. Warren-Hicks. 2011. Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions. Prepared for the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, Washington, D.C., USA.

Smallwood, K.S., L. Rugge, and M.L. Morrison. 2009. Influence of behavior on bird mortality in wind energy development. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:1082-1098.

Morrison, M.L. 2007. Status of the Northern Goshawk in the Spring Mountains, Nevada. Great Basin Birds 9:69-72.

Hall, L.S., M.L. Morrison, L.L. Christoferson, J. Martin, C.E. Bock, and T.R. Strong. 2002. Bird populations in riparian areas of southeastern Arizona in 1985-86 and 1994-95. Western North American Naturalist 62:370-376.

Kuenzi, A. J., M. Lynch, D. van Vuren, I. Loredo, and M.L. Morrison. 1998. Diets of three predators at Concord Naval Weapons Station, Contra Costa County, California. Northwestern Naturalist 79:65-67.

Hall, L.S., M.L. Morrison, and P.H. Bloom. 1997. Population status of the endangered Hawaiian Hawk. Journal of Raptor Research 31:11-15.

Morrison, M.L., L.S. Hall, and J. Verner. 1993. Distribution and abundance of birds in the White Mountains, California. Great Basin Naturalist 53:246-258.

Hall, L.S., A.M. Fish, and M.L. Morrison. 1992. The influence of weather on hawk movements in coastal northern California. Wilson Bulletin 104:447-461.

Green, G.A., and M.L. Morrison. 1983. Nest site characteristics of sympatric Ferruginous and Swainson's Hawks. Murrelet 64:20-22.

Morrison, M.L., and B.J. Walton. 1980. The laying of replacement clutches by Falconiformes and Strigiformes in North America. Raptor Research 14:79-85.

Morrison, M.L. 1978. Breeding characteristics, eggshell thinning, and population trends of White-tailed Hawks in Texas. Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 11:35-40.



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