Biological Team Leader for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Mike’s expertise includes conservation science and planning for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the upper Midwest and Western Gulf Coast, mottled duck ecology and habitat conservation, wetlands ecology and management, and sociobiology of breeding mallards. Presently, his research interests focus on estimating energetic values of waterfowl foraging habitats of the Gulf Coast, mottled duck breeding ecology and population dynamics, and gadwall wintering ecology. Mike has been with Ducks Unlimited since 2005, serving as the Biological Team Leader for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture. He is currently working to complete his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University where he studied the waterfowl conservation value of actively and passively managed wetlands in Ohio. This research examined various assumptions of bioenergetics models used to calculate habitat objectives for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region. Mike received his Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology (2000) and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science (1997) from Mississippi State University. His Master’s research examined the reliability of Indicated Breeding Pair criteria for estimating mallard breeding populations. Mike also presently serves on the Executive Committee of the NAWMP Science Support Team.
Current Research Mike is Involved in:
Seasonal survival, movements, and habitat use of mottled ducks in Louisiana and Texas.
Habitat use, large-scale movements, and spring migration chronology and corridors of female gadwall that winter along the Gulf Coast.