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Joan Morrison
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Joan Morrison

   Biography

Joan Morrison is currently a Professor of Biology and her research program entails studies of birds living in human-impacted landscapes. Her specialty is birds of prey and she has studied these birds in Florida and Chile. Before coming to Trinity, Professor Morrison worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, and New Mexico.
EDUCATION:
1997: Ph.D., Dept. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Univ. Florida, Gainesville, FL
1979: M.S. Resource Ecology, School of Natural Resources, Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
1975: B.A. Biology, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH.

Dept. of Biology, Trinity College
230 Life Sciences Center  300 Summit St.
Hartford,  CT  06106-3100  United States
Phone: 860-297-4120 Fax: 860-297-2538
Email: joan.morrison@trincoll.edu


   Research Interests

On-going research projects include a study of Red-tailed Hawks living in the urban environments of Hartford, and monitoring a population of Crested Caracaras in Florida. She has also examined the structure of avian communities in urban parks in Hartford. Professor Morrison is strongly committed to conservation and environmental education, and as part of her research program she coordinates regular bird banding programs with students at local middle and elementary schools.

Species of Interest: 
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Crested Caracara
  • Chimango Caracara


   Publications

Dwyer, J.F., J.D. Fraser, and J.L. Morrison. 2012. Within-year survival of nonbreeding Crested Caracaras. Condor 114:295-301.

Dwyer, J.F., J.L. Morrison, and J.D. Fraser. 2012. Factors influencing detection of nesting Crested Caracaras. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:857-862.

Morrison, J.L., K.E. Pias, J. Cohen, and D. Catlin. 2009. Environmental correlates of breeding in Florida's Crested Caracaras. Auk 126(4):1-8.

Morrison, J.L., and P.B. Wood. 2009. Broadening our approaches to studying dispersal in raptors. Journal of Raptor Research 43(2):81-89.

Nemeth, N., J. Dwyer, J. Morrison, R. Bowen, and J.D. Fraser. 2009. Seroprevalence of West Nile virus and other arboviruses in Crested Caracaras (Caracara cheriway) in Florida, Journal of Wildlife Disease 45(3):817-822.

Morrison, J.L., K.E. Pias, J. Abrams, I.G.W Gottlieb, M. Deyrup, and M. McMillian. 2008. Invertebrate diet of breeding and non-breeding Crested Caracaras (Caracara cheriway) in Florida. Journal of Raptor Research 42(1):38-47.

Morrison, J.L., M. McMillian, J. Cohen, and D. Catlin. 2007. Environmental correlates of nesting success in Red-shouldered Hawks. Condor 109:648-657.

Morrison, J.L. 2007. Characteristics of nest sites used by Crested Caracaras in south-central Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 35(1):1-8.

Morrison, J.L. 2007. The caracara in the changing grasslands of Florida. Pp. 211-215 in R.L. Noss (ed.), Land of fire and water: the Florida dry prairie ecosystem. Proceedings of the Florida Dry Prairie Conference, Sebring, FL.

Morrison, J.L., J. Abrams, M. Deyrup, T. Eisner, and M. McMillian. 2007. Noxious menu: chemically protected insects in the diet of the Crested Caracara. Southeastern Naturalist 6(1):1-14.

Morrison, J.L., K.V. Root., J. Barnes, and G. Lipps. 2007. Habitat suitability and demographic population viability models for Florida's Crested Caracaras. Final Report. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Project Number: NG00-0011.

Morrison, J.L. 2006. The Crested Caracara in the changing grasslands of Florida. Pp. 211-215 in R. Noss (ed.), Land of Fire and Water: The Florida Dry Prairie Ecosystem. Proceedings of the Florida Dry Prairie Conference, October 2004, Sebring, Florida.

Morrison, J.L. 2006. Station-43 sanctuary important bird area conservation and management plan. Unpublished final report to Hartford Audubon Society, Hartford, CT.

Morrison, J.L., M. Terry, and P.L. Kennedy. 2006. Potential factors influencing nest defense in diurnal North American raptors. Journal of Raptor Research 40(2): 98-110.

Morrison, J.L., and K.E. Pias. 2006. Assessing the vertebrate component of the diet of Florida's Crested Caracaras. Florida Scientist 69(1):36-43.

Morrison, J.L., and W.C. Chapman. 2005. Can urban parks provide habitat for woodpeckers? Northeastern Naturalist 12(3):253-262.

Morrison, J.L. 2003. Age-specific survival of Florida's Crested Caracaras. Journal of Field Ornithology 74(4):321-330.

Morrison, J.L. 2003. The Crossing Grove Project and Audubon's Crested Caracara, DeSoto County, Florida. Unpublished final report to Orange-co of Florida, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florida Ecological Services Office.

Morrison, J.L. 2002. “Teaching Science and Conservation in an Urban Environment”. In website publication, Cities, Urban Learning, and the Liberal Arts, Trinity College, Hartford, CT. http://www.trincoll.edu/pub/Dean_Fac/urbpubs.html

Nemeth, N.M., and J.L. Morrison. 2002. Natal dispersal of the Crested Caracara in Florida. Journal of Raptor Research 36(3):203-206.

Forrester, D.J., G.W. Foster, and J.L. Morrison. 2001. Leucocytozoon toddi and Haemoproteus tinnunculi (Protozoa: Haemosporina) in the Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango) in southern Chile. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 96:1023-1024.

Morrison, J.L. 2001. Recommended management practices and survey protocols for Audubon's Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway audubonii) in Florida. Technical Report No. 18. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Project Number: NG-96-021.

Morrison, J.L, and T.F. Dean. 2001. Non-breeding ecology of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis). Unpublished final report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florida Ecosystem Office, Vero Beach, FL. Grants #1448-40181-98-G-031 and 1448-40181-87-G-043.

Morrison, J.L., and S.R. Humphrey. 2001. Conservation value of private lands for Crested Caracaras in Florida. Conservation Biology 15(3):675-684.

Willson, M.F., J.L. Morrison, K.E. Sieving, T.L. De Santo, L. Santisteban, and I. Díaz. 2001. Patterns of predation risk and survival of bird nests in a Chilean agricultural landscape. Conservation Biology 15(2):447-456.

Morrison, J.L., and L.M. Phillips. 2000. Nesting habitat and success of the Chimango Caracara in southern Chile. Wilson Bulletin 112(2):225-232.

Morrison, J.L. 1999. Breeding biology and productivity of Florida's Crested Caracaras. Condor 101(3):505-517.

Morrison, J.L., and M. Maltbie. 1999. Methods for gender determination of Crested Caracaras. Journal of Raptor Research 33(2):128-133.

Morrison, J.L. 1998. Effects of double brooding on productivity of Crested Caracaras. Auk 115(4):979-987.

Foster, G.W., J.L. Morrison, C.K. Steible, and D.J. Forrester. 1998. Haemoproteus tinnunculi in Crested Caracaras (Caracara plancus audubonii) from south-central Florida. Journal of Raptor Research 32(2):159-162.

Morrison, J.L. 1997. Distribution and habitat use of Audubon's Crested Caracara within the Kissimmee River restoration project area. Unpublished final report to South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL. Project #PC P703067.

Morrison, J.L., M.A. McMillian, S.M. McGehee, and L.D. Todd. 1997. First record of Crested Caracaras nesting in a cypress. Florida Field Naturalist 25(2):51-53.

Morrison, J.L. 1996. Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus). In The Birds of North America, No. 249 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and The American Ornithologists‟ Union, Washington, D.C.

Morrison, J.L. 1996. Habitat associations, reproduction, and foraging ecology of Audubon's Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus audubonii) in south central Florida. Unpublished final report to Avon Park Air Force Range, Avon Park, FL. U.S. Fish ad Wildlife Service Coop Unit, University of Florida Research Work Order #114.

Morrison, J.L. 1996. Ecology of Audubon's Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus audubonii) in south central Florida. Unpublished final report to Florida Game and Fish Commission, Tallahassee, FL. Grant #NG91-007.

Morrison, J.L., and S.M. McGehee. 1996. Capture methods for Crested Caracaras. Journal of Field Ornithology 67(4):630-636.

Morrison, J.L. 1995. (Abstract) Breeding biology and nest success of Florida's Crested Caracaras. Journal of Raptor Research 29:62-63.

Morrison, J.L. 1995. ( Abstract) Selective capture methods for Crested Caracaras. Journal of Raptor Research 29:71-72.

Morrison, J.L. 1995. (Review of) Principles of conservation biology, by G.K. Meffe and R.C. Carroll. Journal of Mammalogy 76(3):972-974.

Morrison, J.L. 1992. Persistence of the meadow Jumping Mouse, Zapus hudsonius luteus, in New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 37(3):308-311.



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