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Cheryl Dykstra
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Cheryl Dykstra

   Biography

B.S., Calvin College, 1988.
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology, 1991.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology, 1995.
I have worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now am an independent researcher studying urban/suburban raptors. I am currently the Editor-in-chief of The Journal of Raptor Research.

Raptor Environmental
7280 Susan Springs Drive  
West Chester,  OH  45069  United States
Phone: 513-779-1744
Email: cheryldykstra@juno.com


   Research Interests

Urban/suburban populations, reproductive success, habitat use, natal dispersal, breeding dispersal, survival, diet, behavioral ecology, survey and monitoring, ecotoxicology.

Species of Interest: 
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Barred Owl


   Publications

Dykstra, C.R., M.M. Simon, F.B. Daniel, and J.L. Hays. 2012. Habitats of suburban Barred Owls (Strix varia) and Red-shouldered Hawks (Buteo lineatus) in southwestern Ohio. Journal of Raptor Research 46:190-200.        pdf

Dykstra, C.R., Mays, H.L., Jr., Hays, J.L., Simon, M.M., Wegman, A.R. 2012. Sexing adult and nestling Red-shouldered Hawks using morphometrics and molecular techniques. Journal of Raptor Research 46(4):357-364.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., Hays, J.L., Simon, M.M., Wegman, A.R. 2012. Protocalliphora (Diptera: Calliphoridae) infestations of nestling Red-shouldered Hawks in southern Ohio. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(4):783-787       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., W.T. Route, M.W. Meyer, and P.W. Rasmussen. 2010. Contaminant concentrations in Bald Eagles nesting on Lake Superior, the upper Mississippi River, and the St. Croix River. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36:561-569.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, and M.M. Simon. 2009. Spatial and temporal variation in reproductive rates of the Red-shouldered Hawk in suburban and rural Ohio. Condor 111:177-182.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, and M.M. Simon. 2009. Selection of fresh vegetation for nest lining by Red-shouldered Hawks. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:207-210.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, and S.T. Crocoll. 2008. Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). In A. Poole (ed.), The Birds of North America online no. 107. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.

Hull, J.M., B.N. Strobel, C.W. Boal, A.C. Hull, C.R. Dykstra, A.M. Irish, A.M. Fish, and H.B. Ernest. 2008. Comparative phylogeography and population genetics within Buteo lineatus reveals evidence of distinct evolutionary lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49:988-996.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., M.W. Meyer, S. Postupalsky, K.L. Stromborg, D.K. Warnke, and R.G. Eckstein. 2005. Bald Eagles of Lake Michigan: ecology and contaminants. Pp. 365-392 in State of Lake Michigan: ecology, health, and management. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands.

Dykstra, C.R., M.W. Meyer, P.W. Rasmussen, and D.K. Warnke. 2005. Contaminant concentration and reproductive rate of Lake Superior Bald Eagles, 1989-2001. Journal of Great Lakes Research 31:227-235.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, M.M. Simon, J.B. Holt, Jr., G.R. Austing, and F.B. Daniel. 2004. Dispersal and mortality of Red-shouldered Hawks banded in Ohio. Journal of Raptor Research 38:304-311.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, M.M. Simon, and F.B. Daniel. 2003. Behavior and prey of nesting Red-shouldered Hawks in southwestern Ohio. Journal of Raptor Research 37:177-187.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., M.W. Meyer, and D.K. Warnke. 2002. Bald Eagle reproductive performance following video camera placement. Journal of Raptor Research 36:136-139.       pdf

Warnke, D.K., D.E. Andersen, C.R. Dykstra, M.W. Meyer, and W.H. Karasov. 2002. Provisioning rates and time budgets of adult and nestling Bald Eagles at inland Wisconsin nests. Journal of Raptor Research 36:121-127.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., F.B. Daniel, J.L. Hays, and M.M. Simon. 2001. Correlation of Red-shouldered Hawk abundance and macrohabitat characteristics in southern Ohio. Condor 103:652-656.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, and M.M. Simon. 2001. Home range and habitat use of suburban Red-shouldered Hawks in southwestern Ohio. Wilson Bulletin 113:308-316.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., W.H. Karasov, M.W. Meyer, and D.K. Warnke. 2001. Daily energy expenditure of nestling Bald Eagles in northern Wisconsin. Condor 103:175-179.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., M.W. Meyer, K.L. Stromborg, D.K. Warnke, W.W. Bowerman, IV, and D.A. Best. 2001. Association of low reproductive rates and high contaimant levels in Bald Eagles on Green Bay, Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 27:239-251.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., J.L. Hays, F.B. Daniel, and M.M. Simon. 2000. Nest site selection and productivity of suburban Red-shouldered Hawks in southern Ohio. Condor 102:401-408.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., M.W. Meyer, D.K. Warnke, W.H. Karasov, D.E. Andersen, W.W. Bowerman, IV, and J.P. Giesy. 1998. Low reproductive rates of Lake Superior Bald Eagles: low food delivery rates or environmental contaminants? Journal of Great Lakes Research 24:32-44.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R., M.W. Meyer, and W.H. Karasov. 1997. Validation of the doubly-labeled water method in Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and a comparison of two equations for the calculation of energy expenditure. Physiological Zoology 70:19-26.       pdf

Dykstra, C.R. 1995. Effects of contaminants, food availability, and weather on the reproductive rate of Lake Superior Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Dykstra, C., D.K. Warnke, and M.W. Meyer. 1992. Fisher seen climbing Bald Eagle nest tree. Passenger Pigeon 54:237-238.



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