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Deanna K. Dawson

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708-4015


Telephone: 301-497-5642

Fax: 301-497-5826


Wildlife Biologist (Research)

Primary Responsibilities: 
Conduct research on birds and their habitats; provide technical assistance to natural resource agencies or organizations; co-chair, Cerulean Warbler Technical Group.

B.A., State Cloud (MN) State University, 1973
M.S., Cornell University, 1984

Areas of Expertise/Interest:
Bird distribution, ecology, population dynamics, and conservation

Active Projects: 

Bird and Bat Migration over Appalachian Ridges

Breeding Bird Density & Demography on the Patuxent Research Refuge

Baseline Assessment of Neotropical Migrant Landbird Stopover Habitat in the Lower Chesapeake Bay Region for Conservation Planning and Protection

Selected Publications/Products: 

Dawson, D.K., and M.G. Efford. 2006. Protocol for monitoring forest-nesting birds in National Park Service parks in the National Capital Region Network. Submitted to NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program, National Capital Region Network.

Ruth, J.M., W.C. Barrow, R.S. Sojda, D.K. Dawson, R.H. Diehl, A. Manville, M.T. Green, D.J. Krueper, and S. Johnston.  2005.  Advancing migratory bird conservation and management by using radar: an interagency collaboration. U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center. Open-File Report 2005-1173. 12 p.


Wood, P.A., D.K. Dawson, J.R. Sauer, and M.H. Wilson.  2005. Predicting bird response to alternative management scenarios on a ranch in Campeche, Mexico. Pages 101-106 in C.J. Ralph and T.D. Rich, eds. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-GTR-191.


Efford, M.G., D.K. Dawson, and C.S. Robbins. 2004. Density: software for analysing capture-recapture data from passive detector arrays. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 27: 217-228.


Hamel, P.B., D.K. Dawson, and P.D. Keyser. 2004. How we can learn more about the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea). The Auk 121:7-14.


Royle, J.A., D.K. Dawson, and S. Bates. 2004. Modeling abundance effects in distance sampling. Ecology 85:1591-1597.

Dawson, D.K., and G.A. Gough. 2001.  Birds of National Capital Parks-East.  

Dawson, D.K., C.S. Robbins, and L.J. Darr.  2001.  Effects of urbanization on the distribution of area-sensitive forest birds in Prince George=s County, Maryland.  Pages 207-213 in G.D. Therres, ed. Conservation of Biological Diversity: A Key to the Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Beyond.  Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, MD. 

Darr, L.J., D.K. Dawson, and C.S. Robbins.  1998.  Land-use planning to conserve habitat for area-sensitive forest birds.  Urban Ecosystems 2: 75-84. 

Dawson, D.K., J.R. Sauer, P.A. Wood, M. Berlanga, M.H. Wilson, and C.S. Robbins.  1995. Estimating bird species richness from capture and count data.  Journal of Applied Statistics 22: 1063-1068.

Dawson, D.K., D.R. Smith, and C.S. Robbins.  1995.  Point count length and detection of forest neotropical migrant birds. Pages 35-43 in C.J. Ralph, J.R. Sauer, and S. Droege (eds.)  Monitoring bird populations by point counts.  USDA Forest Service General Technical Report, PSW-GTR-149.

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