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Adam Duerr

Adam Duerr


Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2007
M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona, 1999
B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona, 1993

Adjunct Professor and Wildlife Biologist, West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources  PO Box 6125, West Virginia
Morgantown,  WV  26506-6125  United States
Email: adam.duerr@mail.wvu.edu

   Research Interests

I work on research questions to provide information that can be directly applied to management of wildlife, specifically avian species. My research focus includes both conservation of birds and reduction of conflicts between birds and people. With both issues, wildlife managers require information about how animals respond to the environment and wildlife management.
Managers can then use the information on population responses to develop or modify future management. I attempt to provide such information in the form of models that provide projections or predictions about how birds and thus populations may behave in the future. In many cases, I use population models to identify management strategies that may achieve either increases in rare populations or reduction of conflicts in abundant populations.
Most recently, I have worked with two raptor species, Black Vultures and Golden Eagles.
My research on Black Vultures focuses on reducing human-wildlife conflicts at Dutch Gap, Virginia. At this site, Black Vultures have congregated in large numbers (>400 vultures) for many years. While using this site, they have caused damage in the form of roosting and defecating at a power plant and damaging vehicles and boats at a boat ramp by picking at and consuming rubber and other synthetic materials (e.g. windshield wipers, rubber molding, upholstery). At this site, my research has measured population level responses to management actions implemented to dissuade vulture use of the site. I have shown that vultures dispersed from (or reduced fidelity to) the site in response to hazing (use of pyrotechnics and other devices to scare vultures from the site) and culling.
I also participate in research on Golden Eagles, with a focus on reducing risk to eagles from negative effects of renewable energy development. Such risk includes direct mortality due to collisions with wind turbines and indirect effects related to habitat alteration. Our research team (see projects pages at Katznerlab.com) is investigating migration ecology, flight behavior, and habitat use of Golden Eagles in the Eastern United States and the deserts of California. Overall, our goal is to provide data and tools that can be used by wildlife managers and developers of renewable energy projects to reduce and mitigate risk to eagles. Such data comes from understanding basic ecology of eagles and responses of eagles to renewable energy development.

Species of Interest: 
  • Black Vulture
  • Golden Eagle



Duerr, A.E., T.A. Miller, M. Lanzone, D. Brandes, J. Cooper, K. O'Malley, C. Maisonneuve, J. Tremblay, and T. Katzner. 2012. Testing an emerging paradigm in migration ecology shows surprising differences in efficiency between flight modes. PLoS ONE 7(4):E35548.       pdf

Watts, B.D., and A.E. Duerr. 2010. Nest turnover rates and list framed decay in Bald Eagles: implications for the National Monitoring Plan. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5):940-944.       pdf

Duerr, A.E.. 2009. Responses of Black Vultures to population management at Dutch Gap, Virginia. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-09-01.       pdf

Other topics:

Duerr, A.E., D.E. Capen, and T.M. Donovan. 2012. Energetic considerations for managing Double-crested Cormorants on Lake Champlain. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38 (Supplement 1):131-140.

DeBruyne, R.L., T.L. DeVault, A.E. Duerr, D.E. Capen, F.E. Pogmore, J.R. Jackson, and L.G. Rudstam. 2011 (in press). Spatial and temporal comparisons of Double-crested Cormorant diets following the establishment of alewife in Lake Champlain, USA. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38 (Supplement 1):123-130.

Watts, B.D., B.R. Truitt, F.M. Smith, E.K. Mojica, B.J. Paxton, A.L. Wilke, and A.E. Duerr. 2008. Whimbrel tracked with satellite transmitter on migratory flight across North America. Wader Study Group Bulletin 115:119-121.        pdf

Duerr, A.E., T.M. Donovan, and D.E. Capen. 2007. Management-induced reproductive failure and breeding dispersal in Double-crested Cormorants on Lake Champlain. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(8):2565-2574.

Boal, C., T. Estabrook, and A. Duerr. 2004. Productivity of Loggerhead Shrikes nesting in an urban interface. In W.W. Shaw, L.K. Harris, and L. VanDruff (eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Urban Wildlife Symposium, May 1-5, 1999, Tucson, Arizona.        pdf

Franson, J.C., S.P. Hanson, T.E. Creekmore, C.J. Brand, D.C. Evers, A.E. Duerr, and S. DeStefano. 2003. Lead fishing weights and other fishing tackle in selected waterbirds. Waterbirds 26(3):345-352.       pdf

Boal, C., T. Estabrook, and A. Duerr. 2003. Productivity and breeding habitat of Loggerhead Shrikes in a southwestern urban environment. Southwestern Naturalist 48(4):557-562.       pdf

Franson, J.C., S.P. Hanson, A.E. Duerr, and S. DeStefano. 2001. Size and mass of grit in gizzards of Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans, and Mute Swans. Waterbirds 24(2):242-244.       pdf

Duerr, A.E., and S. DeStefano. 1999. Using a metal detector to determine lead sinker abundance in waterbird habitat. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27(4):952 958.

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