Behavior (BIOL 244) Fall Semester Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) Fall Semester General Biology II (BIOL 162) Spring Semester Seminar: Environmental Studies (BIOL 398) Spring Semester Biodiversity & Conservation in Ireland (BIOL
115) Summer [Information] Tropical Biodiversity in Costa Rica
(BIOL 255) January Intersession
Laboratory studies the ecology and behavior of Northern Mockingbirds on
the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Below is a video showing
two example trials from our recent study to test the abilities of wild
Northern Mockingbirds to discriminate on the basis of number of sticks. The
bird can access mealworms by pulling all of the sticks on either side of the
feeder. In this example, it is easier to get the mealworms if the bird
pulls sticks from the side with two sticks.
Farnsworth, G.L. and J.L. Smolinski. 2006.
Numerical discrimination by wild Northern Mockingbirds. Condor108:953-957.
Simons, T.R., S.A. Shriner, and G.L. Farnsworth.
2006. Comparison of breeding bird and vegetation communities in primary and
secondary forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Conservation. 129: 302-311. Click here for pdf.
Farnsworth, G.L. 2005. Failure of a
free-living Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) to discriminate food
rewards on the basis of number. Ohio Journal of Science 105:
97-99. Click here.
Farnsworth, G.L. and T.R. Simons. 2005.
Relationship between Mayfield nest-survival estimates and seasonal fecundity: A
cautionary reply. Auk. 122:1000-1001. Clickhere for the pdf.
Click here for
K.H. Pollock, J.D. Nichols, T.R. Simons, J.E. Hines, and J.R. Sauer. 2002. A
removal model for estimating detection probabilities from point count surveys.
Auk 119: 414-425. Click
here for manuscript.
for supplement to manuscript.
Pollock, K.H., J.D. Nichols, T.R. Simons, G.L.
Farnsworth, L.L. Bailey, and J.R. Sauer. 2002. The design of large scale
wildlife monitoring studies. Environmetrics. 13: 105-119.
and T.R.Simons. 2001. How many Baskets? Clutch sizes that maximize annual
fecundity of multiple-brooded birds. Auk. 118:973–982.
and T.R. Simons. 2000. Observations of Wood Thrush nest predators in a large
contiguous forest. Wilson Bulletin 112:82-87.
K.C. Weeks, and T.R. Simons. 2000. Validating the assumptions of the Mayfield
method. Journal of Field Ornithology 71:658-664.
Simons, T.R., G.L. Farnsworth, and S.A.
Shriner. 2000. Evaluating Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a population
source for the Wood Thrush. Conservation Biology 14:1133-1144.
and T.R. Simons. 1999. Factors affecting nesting success of Wood Thrushes in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Auk 116:1075-1082.
Peer-reviewed book chapters and proceedings
Farnsworth, G.L., J.D. Nichols, J.R. Sauer,
S.G. Fancy, K.H. Pollock, S.A. Shriner, and T.R. Simons. 2005. Statistical
approaches to the analysis of point count data: a little extra information can
go a long way. Pages 736-743 InBird conservation implementation and
integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the third international partners in
flight conference. March 22-24, 2002. Asilomar, California, Volume 2
(C.J. Ralph and T.D. Rich, Eds.). Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191.
Pollock, K.H., H. Marsh, L.L. Bailey, G.L.
Farnsworth, T.R. Simons, and M.W. Alldredge. 2004. Separating
components of detection probability in abundance estimation: an overview with
diverse examples. Pages 43-58 InSampling rare or elusive species
(W.L. Thompson, Ed.) Island Press.
Shriner, S.A, T.R. Simons, and G.L. Farnsworth.
2002. A GIS-based habitat model for Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina, in
Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Chapter 47 (pages 529-535) In
Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Accuracy and Scale (J.M. Scott,
P.J. Heglund, M.L. Morrison, J.B. Haufler, M.G. Raphael, W.A. Wall, and F.B.
Samson, Eds.) Island Press. Covelo, CA.
Farnsworth, G.L. and T.R. Simons. 1999. Is
Great Smoky Mountains National Park acting as a population source for Wood
Thrushes? Pages 109-113 InOn the Frontiers of Conservation:
Proceedings of the Tenth Conference on Research and Resource Management in Parks
and on Public Lands (David Harmon, Ed.).