Robert F. Rockwell
Email: rfr [ AT ] amnh [ DOT ] orgOffice Phone: (212) 769-5793
- Ph.D. Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1975)
- M.Sc. Department of Biology, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (1971)
- B.Sc. Department of Biology, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (1969)
Robert F. Rockwell is a population biologist and ecologist working primarily on the dynamics of interacting species in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. While the main theme of his 43 year long-term research project has centered on lesser snow geese, work has expanded in the last 20 years to include graminoid primary producers, halophytic plants (representing alternate stable states in degraded habitat), various non-goose herbivores including caribou and predators including arctic foxes, wolves and both grizzly and, especially, polar bears. Current research is focused on the impact of global climate change on the interactions of species in these three trophic levels. He and his colleagues and students integrate field approaches with state-of-the-art analytical and modeling techniques. They are all members of the Hudson Bay Project, an international team dedicated to research in remote, coastal arctic tundra.
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Recent publications (complete list can be found at http://research.amnh.org/users/rfr)
French, HT and RF Rockwell. 2011. Climate Change and Avian Population Ecology in Europe. Nature Education Knowledge 2(10):1
Nagy, C. and RF Rockwell. 2011. Identification of individual Eastern Screech-Owls (Megascops asio) via vocalization analysis. Bioacoustics (in press)
Nagy, C, K Bardwell, RF Rockwell, M Weckel and R Christie. 2011. Validation of a citizen science-based model of site occupancy for Eastern Screech Owls with systematic data in suburban New York and Connecticut. Northeast Naturalist (in press).
Weckel, ME, RF Rockwell and F Secret. 2011. A modification of Jacobson et al.s' (1997) individual branch-antlered male method for censusing white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin (in press).
Weckel, ME, RF Rockwell and A Wincorn. 2011. The sustainability of controlled archery programs: the motivation and satisfaction of suburban hunters. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:330-337.
Belanger, DH, SL Perkins and RF Rockwell. 2011. Inference of population structure and patterns of gene flow in canine heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis). Journal of Parasitology 97:602-609.
Rockwell, RF, LJ Gormezano and DN Koons. 2011. Trophic matches and mismatches: Can polar bears reduce the abundance of nesting snow geese in western Hudson Bay? Oikos 120:696-709.
Alisauskas, RT, RF Rockwell, KW Dufour, EG Cooch, G Zimmermen, KL Drake, JO Leafloor, TJ Moser and E Reed. 2011. Effect of population reduction efforts on harvest, survival and population growth of Midcontinent lesser snow geese. Wildlife Monographs 179:1-42.
Hobson, K, C Sharp, RL Jefferies, RF Rockwell and KF Abraham. 2011. Nutrient allocation strategies to eggs by lesser snow geese at a sub-Arctic colony. Auk 128:156-165.
Mockrin, M, RF Rockwell, KH Redford and NS Kueler. 2011. Landscape features determine the distribution and sustainability of ungulate hunting in northern Congo. Conservation Biology online early DOI:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01660x.
Aubry, LM, RF Rockwell and DN Koons. 2010. Metapopulation dynamics of mid-continent Lesser Snow Geese: Implications for management. Human-Wildlife Interactions 4(2):11-32.
Rockwell, RF, K Dufour, E Reed and DN Koons. 2010. Modeling the Mid-continent Population of Lesser Snow Geese. In: B. Batt (ed.) Arctic Ecosystems in Peril: Evaluation of Progress. Arctic Goose Joint Venture, Canadian Wildlife Service, Ottawa and US Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. (in press).
Dufour, K, RT Alisauskas, RF Rockwell and E Reed. 2010. Temporal variation in survival and productivity of mid-continent lesser snow geese and its relation to population reduction efforts. In: B. Batt (ed.) Arctic Ecosystems in Peril: Evaluation of Progress. Arctic Goose Joint Venture, Canadian Wildlife Service, Ottawa and US Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. (in press).
Rockwell, RF and LJ Gormezano. 2009. The early bear gets the goose: climate change, polar bears and lesser snow geese in Western Hudson Bay. Polar Biology 32:539-547.
Gilliland, SG, HG Gilchrist, RF Rockwell, GJ Robertson, J-P Savard, F Merkel and A Mosbech. 2009. Evaluating the sustainability of harvest among northern Common Eiders in Greenland and Canada. Wildlife Biology 15:24-36.
Rockwell, RF, KF Abraham, CR Witte, P Matulonis, M Usai, D Larsen, F Cooke, D Pollak and RL Jefferies. 2009. The Birds of Wapusk National Park. Wapusk National Park Occasional Papers 1:1-47. Parks Canada, Winnipeg.
Rockwell, RF, LJ Gormezano and D Hedmann. 2008. Grizzly Bears in Wapusk National Park, Northeastern Manitoba. Canadian Field-Naturalist 122(4) 323-326.
Zaikowski,L, KT McDonnell, RF Rockwell and F Rispoli. 2008.Temporal and spatial variations in dissolved oxygen on New York South Shore Estuary tributaries: Carmans, Patchogue, and Swan Rivers Estuaries and Coasts. Estuaries and Coasts Estuaries and Coasts 31:85,100.
Mellor, AA and RF Rockwell. 2006. Habitat Shifts and Parasite Loads of Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens). coscience 13:497-502.