Current Research: Parameter estimation for avian life-history
models, avian response to forest fragmentation. In my current work at
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency I am part of a team working to
develop population-level models of avian response to chemical stressors
in the environment.
Current & Recent Publications:
- Etterson, M. (In Review) Extrapair mating strategies in the socially
monogamous Loggerhead Shrike. Auk.
- Etterson, M., J. Etterson, and F. Cuthbert. (In Revision). Area sensitive
species increase with forest regeneration: a test of the area-sensitivity
hypothesis. Avian Conservation.
- Etterson, M. (In Revision) Conspecific attraction in Loggerhead Shrikes:
Implications for habitat conservation and reintroduction. Biological
- Etterson, M. and M. Howery. 2001. Loggerhead Shrike kleptoparasitism
of ground foraging passerines. Journal of Field Ornithology 72(3):458-461.
- Etterson, M. 2000. Monte Carlo Simulation tests for non-randomness
in the spatial distribution of breeding shrikes. The Ring 2000: 173-179.
- Ruggeri, N. and M. Etterson. 1998. The first record of Colugo (Cynocephalus
variegatus) from the Lao PDR. Mammalia. 62(3): 450-451.
Recent Courses Taught (at Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke,
- Field Ornithology
- Conservation BiologyRecent Undergraduate Projects (all at Mt. Lake
Biological Station - see courses below):A test of artificial nest methodology
using natural nests.
- Comparative use of native and introduced thistle species by insect
- Using aerial photos to predict avian abundance along Breeding Bird
Survey Routes in central Virginia.
We enjoy birding, bicycling, canoeing, cooking, and, most recently, freighter
watching in Duluth harbor.