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Marco Restani

Marco Restani


Marco Restani is Professor of Wildlife Ecology at St. Cloud State University, MN. He studied resource partitioning among nesting Buteos for his M.S. and age-specific foraging and migratory behavior of bald eagles for his Ph.D. He spent seven summers in the Arctic as a member of the Greenland Peregrine Falcon Survey.

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Ecosystem Sciences, University of Washington, (1998-2000)
Ph.D. in Biology, Utah State University(1997)
M.Sc. in Fish and Wildlife Management, Montana State University (1989)
B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Montana (1986)

Professor, St. Cloud State University
Department of Biological Sciences, St. Cloud State University  720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498,  MN  56301-4498
Phone: 320-308-4975 Fax: 320-308-4166
Email: restani@stcloudstate.edu

   Research Interests

Migration and Dispersal
Habitat Use
Environmental Contaminants

Species of Interest: 
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Common Raven


Harmata, A.R., and M. Restani. 2013. Lead, mercury, selenium, and other trace elements in tissues of Golden Eagles from southwestern Montana. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49:in press.

Carlson, J.T., A.R. Harmata, and M. Restani. 2012. Environmental contaminants in nestling Bald Eagles produced in Montana and Wyoming. Journal of Raptor Research 46:274-282.

Kronland, W.J., and M. Restani. 2011. Effects of post-fire salvage logging on cavity-nesting birds and small mammals in southeastern Montana. Canadian Field-Naturalist 125:316-326.

Restani, M., R.O. Kimmel, J.R. Fieberg, and S.L. Goetz. 2009. Effects of supplemental food and experience on winter survival of transplanted wild turkeys. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:366-377.

Restani, M. 2008. Biomonitoring of Chihuahuan Ravens: prevalence of environmental contaminants, avian influenza virus, and West Nile virus. Unpublished report to Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management, Carlsbad, NM. 19 pp.       pdf

Restani, M., J.M. Davies, and W.E. Newton. 2008. Importance of agricultural cover types to nesting burrowing owls in the northern Great Plains. Landscape Ecology 23:977-987.

Hanson, D.A., H.B. Britten, M. Restani, and L.R. Washburn. 2007. High prevalence of Yersinia pestis in Black-tailed Prairie Dog colonies during an apparent enzootic phase of sylvatic plague. Conservation Genetics 8:789-795.

Harmata, P.J., M. Restani, and A.R. Harmata. 2007. Settlement patterns, foraging behavior, and reproductive success of ospreys along a heterogeneous riverine corridor. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:56-62.

Hawkins, C.E., C. Baars, H. Hesterman, G.J. Hocking, M.E. Jones, B. Lazenby, D. Mann, N. Mooney, D. Pemberton, S. Pyecroft, M. Restani, and J. Wiersma. 2006. Emerging disease and population decline of an island endemic, the Tasmanian Devil Sarcophilus harrisii. Biological Conservation 131:307-324.

Davies, J.M., and M. Restani. 2006. Survival and movements of juvenile Burrowing Owls during the postfledging period. Condor 108:282-291.

Restani, M. 2006. (Review of) The Gyrfalcon, by Eugene Potapov and Richard Sale. Condor 108:991-993.

Madden, E.M., and M. Restani. 2005. History and breeding ecology of the American White Pelican at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana. Waterbirds 28 (Special Publication 1):25-28.       pdf

Kassube, C.M., M. Restani, S.L. Goetz, and R.O. Kimmel. 2004. Annual survival and productivity of Wild Turkey hens transplanted north of their ancestral range in central Minnesota. Pp. 41-49 in R.O. Kimmel, J.S. Lawrence, and M.S. Lenarz (eds.), Summaries of wildlife research findings, 2004. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN. 183 pp.       pdf

Trudeau, K.M., H.B. Britten, and M. Restani. 2004. Sylvatic plague reduces genetic variability in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40:205-211.       pdf

Restani, M. 2002. (Review of) Raptors of the World, by James Ferguson-Lee and David A. Christie. Journal of Raptor Research 36:241-242.

Restani, M., and J. M. Marzluff. 2002. Litigation and endangered species: reply to Suckling and Greenwald. BioScience 52:868-870.

Restani, M., and J. M. Marzluff. 2002. Endangered species lawsuits: reply to Kenna and Greenwald et al. BioScience 52:548-551.

Restani, M., and J. M. Marzluff. 2002. Funding extinction? Biological needs and political realities in the allocation of resources to endangered species recovery. BioScience 52:169-177.

Restani, M., and D. Svingen. 2002. In a deep hole? North Dakota Outdoors 64:10-13.

Restani, M., L.R. Rau, and D.L. Flath. 2001. Nesting ecology of Burrowing Owls occupying Black-tailed Prairie Dog towns in southeastern Montana. Journal of Raptor Research 35:296-303.       pdf

Restani, M., and J.M. Marzluff. 2001. Avian conservation under the Endangered Species Act: expenditures versus recovery priorities. Conservation Biology 15:1292-1299.        pdf

Harmata, A.R., M. Restani, G.J. Montopoli, J.R. Zelenak, J.T. Ensign, and P.J. Harmata. 2001. Movements and mortality of Ferruginous Hawks banded in Montana. Journal of Field Ornithology 72:389-398.

Restani, M., J.M. Marzluff, and R.E. Yates. 2001. Effects of anthropogenic food sources on movements, survival, and sociality of Common Ravens in the Arctic. Condor 103:399-404.

Restani, M., A.R. Harmata, and E.M. Madden. 2000. Numerical and functional responses of migrant Bald Eagles exploiting a seasonally concentrated food source. Condor 102:561-568.       pdf

Restani, M., and W.G. Mattox. 2000. Natal dispersal of Peregrine Falcons in Greenland. Auk 117:500-504.       pdf

Restani, M. 2000. Age-specific stopover behavior of migrant Bald Eagles. Wilson Bulletin 112:28-34.

Marzluff, J.M., and M. Restani. 1999. The effects of forest fragmentation on avian nest predation. Pp. 155-169 in J.A. Rochelle, L.A. Lehmann, and J. Wisniewski (eds.), Forest Fragmentation: Wildlife and Management Implications. Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. 301 pp.

Harmata, A.R., G.J. Montopoli, B. Oakleaf, P.J. Harmata, and M. Restani. 1999. Movements and survival of Bald Eagles banded in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Journal of Wildlife Management 63:781-793.

Restani, M., L.R. Rau, and D.L. Flath. 1999. A prairie dog companion. Montana Outdoors 30:2-7.

Miller, M.J.R., M. Restani, A.R. Harmata, G.R. Bortolotti, and M.E. Wayland. 1998. A comparison of blood lead levels in Bald Eagles from two regions of the North American Great Plains. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 34:704-714.       pdf

Restani, M. 1997. (Review of) Eagle's Plume: Preserving the Life and Habitat of America's Bald Eagle, by Bruce E. Beans. Auk 114:312-313.

Restani, M., R.E. Yates, and J.M. Marzluff. 1996. Capturing Common Ravens Corvus corax in Greenland. Dansk Ornitologisk Forenings Tidsskrift 90:153-158.       pdf

Harmata, A.R., and M. Restani. 1995. Environmental contaminants and cholinesterase in blood of vernal migrant Bald and Golden Eagles in Montana. Intermountain Journal of Sciences 1:1-15.

Restani, M., and A.R. Harmata. 1995. From the field: harmony at Hauser. Montana Outdoors 26:34-36.

Restani, M., and E.M. Madden. 1992. Autumn rendezvous. Montana Outdoors 23:31-37.

Restani, M. 1991. Resource partitioning among three Buteo species in the Centennial Valley, Montana. Condor 93:1007-1010.       pdf

Restani, M. 1989. Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis). Pp. 63-64 in T.W. Clark, A.H. Harvey, R.D. Dorn, D.L. Genter, and C. Groves (eds.), Rare, Sensitive, and Threatened Species of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Montana Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy and Mountain West Environmental Service, Jackson, WY. 153 pp.

Restani, M. 1989. Three from the Centennial. Montana Outdoors 20:16-20.

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