Last update: 2013-02-23 18:02:21

Patrick J. Doran

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
101 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI 48906
Telephone: 517-316-2279
FAX: 517-316-9886

Ph.D., Dartmouth College, Department of Biological Sciences, 2003
M.A., Indiana University, Department of Biology, 1995
M.S., Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1995
B.A., Villanova University, 1991

Professional Positions:
  • Director of Science (2005-present), The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, Lansing, Michigan
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor (2007-present), Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Senior Ecologist/GIS Analyst (2003-2005), Wildlands Project, Richmond, Vermont
  • Habitat Biologist (1996-1998), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington.
  • Wildlife Biologist (1996), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington.

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Avian Ecology, Spatial Population Structure, Spatial Population Dynamics, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, Ecological Reserve Design

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Dartmouth College Graduate Fellowship, 1998- present American Ornithologists'''''''' Union Research Award, 2002. Dartmouth College Graduate School Alumni Research Award, 2002. Career College Graduate in the Natural Sciences Internship, State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1996. Howard Hughes Initiative Teaching Assistantship, Indiana University, Department of Biology, Bloomington, Indiana, 1993-1995. Brackenridge Summer Fellowship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1994. The American Ornithologists’ Union Cooper Ornithological Society The Ecological Society of America The Society of Conservation Biology Wilson Ornithological Society

    Selected Publications:

    Jones, J, P. J. Doran, and R. T. Holmes. 2007. Spatial scaling of avian population dynamics: population abundance, growth rate, and variability. Ecology 88:2505-2515.

    Reining, C., K. Beazley, P. Doran, and C. Bettigole. 2006. From the Adirondacks to Acadia: A Wildlands Network Design for the Greater Northern Appalachians. Wildlands Project Special Paper No. 7. Richmond, VT: Wildlands Project. 58 pp.

    Doran, P. J., and R. T. Holmes. 2005. Habitat occupancy patterns of a forest dwelling songbird: causes and consequences. Canadian Journal of Zoology 83:1297-1305.

    Jones, J., P. J. Doran, L. R. Nagy, and R. T. Holmes. 2005. Mayfield nest survival estimates and seasonal fecundity: reply to Farnsworth and Simons. Auk 122:1001-1003.

    Betts, M. G., A. S. Hadley, and P. J. Doran. 2005. Avian mobbing response is restricted by territory boundaries: experimental evidence from two species of forest warblers. Ethology 111:821-835.

    Doran, P. J., P. Z. Gulezian, and M. G. Betts. 2005. A test of the mobbing playback method as a means to estimate bird reproductive success. Journal of Field Ornithology 76:227-234.

    Jones, J., P. J. Doran, L. R. Nagy, and R. T. Holmes. 2005. Relationship between Mayfield nest-survival estimates and seasonal fecundity: a cautionary note. Auk 122:306-312.

    Jones, J., P. J. Doran, and R. T. Holmes. 2003. Climate and food synchronize regional forest bird abundances. Ecology 84:3024–3032

    Rodenhouse, N. L., T. S. Sillett, P. J. Doran, and R. T. Holmes. 2003. Multiple density-dependence mechanisms regulate a migratory bird population during the breeding season. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 270:2105-2110.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Dr. Matthew Betts, Dr. Richard Holmes, Dr. Jason Jones, Dr. Peter Marra, Dr. Laura Nagy, Dr. Nicholas Rodenhouse, Dr. Scott Sillett

    Graduate Advisor:
    Dr. Richard T. Holmes

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    I am currently studying spatiotemporal patterns in the distribution and abundance of forest bird species across the 3160 ha Hubbard Brook Valley. Using the extensive valley wide sampling grid established by Paul Schwarz, I am investigating the extent to which the distribution of habitats of varying quality across a landscape influences spatial variation in the abundance of multiple bird species, and then relating these patterns to reproductive performance and population dynamics of one focal species, the Black-throated Blue Warbler.

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