Michael Wilson

Mike Wilson

Research Biologist

mdwils@wm.edu

(757) 221-1649 Research Background Mike’s career and research have been the conduits for his abiding interest in the ecology and conservation of biological communities and populations. Mike has directed research projects to develop an understanding of the social and biological factors that limit bird populations that, in turn, are used to produce management guidelines for declining species. He works across an array of ecosystems that support bird species dependent upon barrier islands, grasslands, forests, and marshes. Specific projects have included the impacts of silviculture on forest birds, patch size on grassland birds, and sea-level rise on marshbirds. Mike also coordinates the Nightjar Survey Network; a citizen-science project designed to gather national-level data on population trends of these species.

Education
B.S. in Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Biology, College of William and Mary


Recent Publications

Pao, S., B. E. Hagens, C. Kim, S. Wildeus, M. R. Ettinger, M. D. Wilson, B. D. Watts, N. C. Whitley, A. C. S. Porto-Fett, J. G. Shwarz, P. Kaseloo, S. Ren, W. Long III, H. Li, and J. B. Luchansky. 2014. Managing the Impact of Wild Birds on Food Safety and Farm Hygiene. Livestock Science 160:163-171.

Watts, B. D. and M. D. Wilson  2013.  Conservation limits and management opportunities for fall migrants along the lower Delmarva Peninsula.  CCBTR-13-05.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 25 pp.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts.  2013. Tidal Marsh Bird Community Profiling and Management Guide for Department of Defense Installations in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  CCBTR-13-04.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series.  Williamsburg, VA. 39 pp.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts.  2013. Enhancing avian production on Department of Defense managed forest lands with appropriate management.  CCBTR-13-03.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. Williamsburg, VA. 16 pp.

Wilson, M. D., and B. D. Watts.  2013. Spatially Explicit Management Recommendation for Early Successional Bird Communities on Department of Defense Lands in the Mid-Atlantic Region. CCBTR-13 -02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series.  Williamsburg, VA. 25 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2012.  Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2012 report. CCBTR-13-01. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 31 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, F. M. Smith, and E. S. Brinkley. 2012. Profile of the Offshore Bird Assemblage in Support for the Cape Charles Wind Project. CCBTR-12-06. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 47 pp.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts. 2012. The Virginia Avian Heritage Project: A report to summarize the Virginia Avian Heritage Database. CCBTR-12-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 48 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2012. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2012 report. CCBTR-12-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Homyack, J. A., B. J. Paxton, M. D. Wilson, B. D. Watts, and D. A. Miller. 2011. Snags and cavity-nesting birds within intensively managed pine stands in eastern North Carolina, USA. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 35:148-154.

Wolner, C. W. V., L. J. Moore, D. R. Young, S. T. Brantley, S. N. Bissett, M. D. Wilson, B. D. Watts. 2011. Dune builders vs overwash maintainers: Ecomorphodynamic feedbacks on the Virginia Coast Reserve barrier islands. Proceedings Coastal Sediments 2011, P. Wang, J. D. Rosati, T. M. Roberts (eds.). Miami, FL, USA. World Scientific. pp. 258-271.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton, and. 2011. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2010 report. CCBTR-11-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 24 pp.

Wilson, M. D. 2010. Field survey and report of Dawson’s Corner for the presence/absence of Henslow’s Sparrow. CCBTR-10-06. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 4 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2010. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2009 report. CCBTR-10-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Paxton, B. J., and M. D. Wilson. 2009. Habitat assessment of the proposed New River Valley Commerce Park, Dublin, Virginia to investigate the potential to support the Upland Sandpiper, Loggerhead Shrike, or Henslow’s Sparrow. CCBTR-09-05. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 13 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2009. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2008 report. CCBTR-09-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2009. Status and Distribution of Black Rails in Virginia. CCBTR-09-10. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 22 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and E. K. Brault. 2009. The Virginia Avian Heritage Program: Basic information structure and progress. CCBTR-09-11. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Smith, F. M., M. D. Wilson, and B. D. Watts. 2008. Status and Distribution and of Black Rails on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in the Lower Chesapeake Bay First-year Interim Report. CCBTR-08-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and C. G. Schneider. 2008. The Virginia Avian Heritage Program: Basic information structure and progress. CCBTR-08-12. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 10 pp.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts. 2008. Landscape configuration effects on distribution and abundance of Whip-poor-wills. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:778-783.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2008. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2007 report. CCBTR-08-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 30 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton, and J. B. Williams. 2008. Breeding range expansion of the Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:393-395.

Wilson, M. D. 2008. The Nightjar Survey Network: Program construction and 2007 Southeastern Nightjar survey results. CCBTR-08-01. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 11 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, M. G. Smith, J. P. Bredlau, and L. W. Seal. 2007. Status Assessment of Golden-winged Warblers and Bewick’s Wrens in Virginia. CCBTR-07-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 34 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, B. J. Paxton, F. M. Smith, D. S. Bradshaw and C. Lotts. 2007. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2006 report. CCBTR-07-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 27 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and D. F. Brinker. 2007. Status review of Chesapeake Bay marsh lands and breeding marsh birds. Waterbirds 30:122-137.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and J. E. LeClerc. 2007. Assessing habitat stability for disturbance-prone species by evaluating landscape dynamics along the Virginia barrier islands. CCBTR-07-06. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 47 pp.