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Matthew C. Perry

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

Photo of Matthew C. Perry Perry w Surf Scoter

Telephone: 301 497-5622

Fax: 301 497-5826


Emeritus Scientist

Primary Responsibilities:
Currently editing a book on the history of the USFWS Patuxent Research Refuge and the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  Also involved with several writing projects of past research of waterfowl movements using satellite telemetry, waterfowl food habits, and management of wetlands for optimum wildlife use.


B.S., University of Rhode Island 1963  
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1970  
Ph.D., University of Maryland 1985

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Wetland Ecology; Habitat Creation, Restoration, and Enhancement; Waterfowl Ecology and Management


Completed forty years of employment at Patuxent in October 2011 and retired in December 2011. 

Chair of the November 2005 Second North American Sea Duck Conference

Past President of the Washington Biologists' Field Club

Board and Committee Membership:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Retirees Assocation Board Member

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Heritage Committee Member
USFWS/NCTC - History and Heritage

Friends of Patuxent Board Member
non-profit, Friends of Patuxent Laurel, MD Laurel, MD Board of Directors

Rivers of the World Foundation Board Member

Online Web Products:

Atlantic Seaduck Project 

Constructed Wetland for Tertiary Wastewater Treatment

Moist-Soil Management of Wetland Impoundments for Plants and Invertebrates

Enhancement of Wildlife Habitat with the Use of Compost Soil Amendments

Evaluation of Forested Wetlands Constructed for Mitigation in Comparison to Natural Systems

Diving Duck Distribution, Abundance, and Food Habits in Chesapeake Bay

The Exotic Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) in Chesapeake Bay, USA

Optimal Management Strategies for Biodiversity Within a Powerline Right-of-Way

Patuxent Plant List and Herbarium Collection

The Evolution of Patuxent as a Research Refuge and a Wildlife Research Center

Snowden Hall

The White Deer of Patuxent

Video - Creation Restoration and Enhancement of Wildlife Habitats at PWRC


Perry, M. C. 2014. [Book Review] Enter the Realm of the Golden Eagle. David H. Ellis. 2013. Surrey, BC, Canada, and Blaine, WA, U.S.A. Hancock House Publishers Ltd. Journal of Raptor Research 48(4):422-423. abstract

Viain, A., Savard, J.-P. L., Gilliland, S., Perry, M. C., and Guillemette, M., 2014, Do seaducks minimise the flightless period?: Inter- and intra-specific comparisons of remigial moult. PLoS ONE 9(9):e107929. abstract (open access)

Perry, M. C., G. H. Olsen, R. A. Richards, and P. C. Osenton. 2013. Predation on Dovekies by Goosefish over deep water in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Northeastern Naturalist 20(1):148-154. abstract

Perry, M. C. 2012. Foraging behavior of long-tailed ducks in a ferry wake. Northeastern Naturalist 19(1):135-139. abstract

Baldwin, A. H., P. J. Kangas, J. P. Megonigal, M. C. Perry, and D. J. Whigham. 2012. Coastal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay. Pages 29-43 in D.P. Batzer and A.H. Baldwin, editors. Wetland Habitats of North America : Ecology and Conservation Concerns. University of California Press, Berkeley. xiii, 389 pp. book info

Perry, M. C., and E. H. Bucher, editors. 2011. Abstract Proceedings. Satellite telemetry workshop: Birds in Argentina and other areas of South America, Puerto Iguzu, Argentina. (English and Spanish). June 14-15, 2011. 43 pp.

Perry, M. C. and R. M. Alison. 2010. Population demographics and breeding ecology of the Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) in the Churchill, Manitoba area. Pages 88-91 in Linda Chow and Kelly McKay, editors. Hudson Bay Region Research. Aboriginal Issues Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba. xix, 355 pp.

Olsen, G. H., S. Ford, M. C. Perry, and A. M. Wells-Berlin. 2010. The use of Emeraid Exotic Carnivore Diet improves postsurgical recovery and survival of long-tailed ducks. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine 19(2):165-168. abstract

White, T. P., R. R. Veit, and M. C. Perry. 2009. Feeding ecology of Long-tailed Ducks Clangula hyemalis wintering on the Nantucket Shoals. Waterbirds 32(2):293-299. abstract

Beyer, W. N., M. C. Perry, and P. C. Osenton. 2008. Sediment ingestion rates in waterfowl (Anatidae) and their use in environmental risk assessment. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 4(2):246-251. abstract

Perry, M. C. 2008. In memoriam: Mortimer Brooke Meanley, Jr., 1915–2007. Auk 125(1):235_237. BioOne. publisher

Perry, M. C. 2008. The evolution of wildlife conservation: The science that supported the conservation movement. INformation (Spring):8-11. Full text.

Perry, M. C. 2007. Changes in food and habitats of waterbirds. Pages 60-63 in S. W. Phillips, editor. Synthesis of U.S. Geological Survey science for the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and implications for environmental management. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1316. 63 pp. Full text, this paper. whole document

Perry, M. C., A. M. Wells-Berlin, D. M. Kidwell, and P. C. Osenton. 2007. Temporal changes of populations and trophic relationships of wintering diving ducks in Chesapeake Bay . Pages 4-16 in R. Michael Erwin, Bryan D. Watts, G. Michael Haramis, Matthew C. Perry, and Keith A. Hobson, editors. Waterbirds of the Chesapeake Bay and Vicinity: Harbingers of Change? Waterbirds 30(Special Publication 1). 182 pp. Full text

Perry, M. C., editor. 2007. The Washington Biologists' Field Club : Its members and its history (1900-2006). Washington Biologists' Field Club, Washington, D.C. x, 342 pp. [more info] PDF 7.4 MB

Franson, J. C., D. J. Hoffman, A. Wells-Berlin, M. C. Perry, V. Shearn-Bochsler, D. L. Finley, P. L. Flint, and T. Hollmén. 2007. Effects of dietary selenium on tissue concentrations, pathology, oxidative stress, and immune function in common eiders (Somateria mollissima). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 70(10):861-874. web link

Coon, N. C. and M. C. Perry. 2007. Our respects: Lucille F. Stickel, 1915–2007. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(8):2827-2828. [PDF]

Perry, M. C., D. M. Kidwell, A. M. Wells, E. J. R. Lohnes, P. C. Osenton, and S. H. Altmann. 2006. Characterization of breeding habitats for black and surf scoters in the eastern boreal forest and subarctic regions of Canada. Pages 80-89 in Alan Hanson, Joseph Kerekes, and Julie Paquet, editors. Limnology and Waterbirds 2003. The 4th Conference of the Aquatic Birds Working Group of the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL). Canadian Wildlife Service Technical Report No. 474. xii + 202 pp. [PDF]

Perry, M. C. (editor). 2005. Second North American Sea Duck Conference. November 7-11, 2005. Annapolis,
Maryland. Program and Abstracts, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, MD USA 123 pp.

Perry, M. C. (editor). 2004. Mute swans and their Chesapeake Bay habitats: proceedings of a symposium. Information and Technology Report No. 2004-0005. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia. vii, 59 pp.

Perry, M. C. (editor). 2002. Black ducks and their Chesapeake Bay habitats: proceedings of a symposium. Information and technology report 2002-0005 U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va. vii, 44 pp.

Perry, M. C., P. C. Osenton, and C. S. Stoll. 2001. Biological diversity of created forested wetlands in comparison to reference forested wetlands in the Bay watershed. Pages 261-268 in Glenn D. Therres, editor. Conservation of Biological Diversity: A Key to the Restoration of Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Beyond. Conference Proceedings. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, MD. 344 pp. [PDF]

Perry, M. C., A. S. Deller, and A. M. Farrand. 2000. Effects of two long-term mowing regimes on vegetation. Pages 249-252 in Proceedings of the Second Eastern Native Grass Symposium held in Baltimore, Maryland, November 17-19, 1999. Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Baltimore, MD. 360 pp.

Perry, M. C., P. C. Osenton, G. A. Gough, and E. J. R. Lohnes. 2000. Establishment of warm season grasses with and without the use of compost soil amendments. Pages 244-248 in Proceedings of the Second Eastern Native Grass Symposium held in Baltimore, Maryland, November 17-19. Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Beltsville, Md. 360 pp.

Perry, M. C., B. Bauman, G. A. Gough, and E. J. R. Lohnes. 2000. Use of contour maps of water depths to predict flora and fauna abundance in moist soil management. Wetland Journal. 12(2):10-13.


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