B.S. - Wildlife Biology - Colorado State University
M.S. - Wildlife Biology - Arkansas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Ph.D. - Biology - University of Arkansas
I teach courses in ecology, organismal diversity, and vertebrate biology. Specifically I have interests in teaching courses pertaining to field ecology, ornithology, and urban ecology. In order to understand ecology (and the role it plays in the broader realm of biology), it is critical for students to gain adequate experiences in the field; therefore, my courses include a heavy field component. I teach travel-based field ecology courses to the Everglades of southern Florida, the Lower Rio Grande River Valley in southern Texas, and various tropical systems in Costa Rica.
My primary research interests are to evaluate effects from anthropogenic factors (e.g., urbanization, land use, global climate change, etc.) on wildlife and to provide recommendations for conservation strategies for affected ecosystems. Specifically I am interested in the responses of bird and mammal populations and communities to urbanization. With current and pending anthropogenic global climate change, it is imperative for conservationists to understand population dynamics, reproductive requirements, and habitat use patterns of wildlife for adequate management programs. Also, with increasing urbanization, I am very interested in ways by which development can be done “wisely” in a manner to support coexistence of wildlife and urbanization. Described below are three projects in development. Please contact me if you’re interested in participating in any of these studies.
Avian Window Strike Mortality The second leading direct cause to bird mortality in urban ecosystems is window strikes (second only to depredation by house cats). My students and I are surveying buildings on campus for dead birds and we are measuring characteristics of each window in an effort to describe patterns in window strike mortality.
House Cat Population Dynamics and Movement Patterns Free-roaming domestic house cats are the number one source of mortality of songbirds in urban areas. Cat population densities and distributions could be detrimental to songbird populations. This research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the effects of house cat distributions and movement patterns on wildlife distributions here in Syracuse, NY.
Fall migration dynamics of Rusty Blackbirds The Rusty Blackbird is considered one of the fastest declining songbird species in North America. Our objective is to learn more about fall migration habitat use patterns and the dynamics of stopover durations here in upstate New York.
- Luscier, J.D., W.L. Thompson, J.M. Wilson, B.E. Gorham, and L.D. Dragut. 2006. Using digital photographs and object-based image analysis to estimate percent ground cover in vegetation plots. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(8): 408–413.
- Luscier, J.D., W.L. Thompson, J.M. Wilson, B.E. Gorham, and L.D. Dragut. 2007. Response to Richter: “Techniques for determining percent ground cover.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5(6): 239–240.
- Luscier, J.D., and W.L. Thompson. 2009. Short-term responses of breeding birds of grassland and early successional habitat to timing of haying in Northwest Arkansas. The Condor 111(3): 538–544.
- Krementz, D.G., and J.D. Luscier. 2010. Woodpecker Densities and Habitat Use in the Big Woods of Arkansas. Recovery Plan for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
- Luscier, J.D., S.E. Lehnen, and K.G. Smith. 2010. Habitat occupancy by Rusty Blackbirds (Euphagus carolinus) wintering in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The Condor 112(4): 841-848.
- Krementz, D.G., and J.D. Luscier. 2010. Woodpecker densities in the Big Woods of Arkansas. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 1(2): 102-110.
- Greenberg, R., D. W. Demarest, S. M. Matsuoka, C. Mettke-Hofmann, D. Evers, P.B. Hamel, J.D. Luscier, L.L. Powell, D. Shaw, M.L. Avery, K.A. Hobson, P.J. Blancher, and D.K. Niven. 2011. Understanding declines in Rusty Blackbirds. Pages 107-126 in J.V. Wells (editor). Boreal birds of North America: a hemispheric view of their conservation links and significance. Studies in Avian Biology (41), University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, USA.
- Krementz, D.G., S.E. Lehnen, and J.D. Luscier. 2012. Habitat use of woodpeckers in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(1): 89-97.
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