General Research Interests
We study various aspects of avian ecology and behavior often with an overarching goal of improving
conservation efforts. We work in a variety of habitats, and while most of our research is conducted
in the Midwest, we also work in Mexico and select other locations. Much of the research we conduct
involves understanding the habitat selection process of birds. In addition to understanding the
habitat selection process we investigate the demographics and population dynamics of several species.
We also are using some new technologies (e.g., automated telemetry systems) to improve our ability to
track individual birds and acoustically monitor bird communities.
Michael P. Ward, PhD
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Illinois Natural History Survey
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801