2007 Ph.D. Biology Illinois State University
1998 M.S. Biology Mississippi State University
1993 B.S. Zoology Louisiana State University
Courses Taught: Anatomy and Physiology I (Biol 2401), Anatomy and Physiology II (Biol 2402), Ornithology (Biol 4409/5409), Conservation Biology (Biol 4302/5302), Graduate Seminar (Biol 5110), and Tropical Forest Ecology (Biol 4401/5401).
Iím a broadly trained naturalist with interests in ecology, natural history, biodiversity, and conservation biology. My research deals with avian ecology and conservation. Iíve conducted ornithological fieldwork in the United States, Peru, and Japan. My primary research interest is in habitat use by birds. Habitat use is of important because itís central to understanding wildlife ecology and central to the management and conservation of wildlife, including birds. A secondary research interest of mine is the effect of human habitat modification on bird communities.
Current Graduate Students
Britni Brobey - Surveying pathogens in birds along an urban to rural gradient
Former Graduate Students
Alicia Rodriguez. 2011. Diversity, abundance, and associated habitat use of coastal marsh avian communities following the storm surge of Hurricane Ike.
Andrea Ayers. 2011. Assessing avian mortality rates and population impacts associated with an electrical transmission line.
Katy Gifford. 2010. Year-round use of monotypic Chinese tallow tree, Triadica sebifera, stands in Southeast Texas.
Yellow Warbler (male)
In review - Ayers, A. J., and J. W. Armacost, Jr. 2012. Assessing avian mortality rates and population impacts associated with an electrical transmission line. Wildlife Society Bulletin.
In press - Gifford, K. L., and J. W. Armacost, Jr. Year-round bird use of monotypic Chinese tallow tree, Triadica sebifera, stands in Southeast Texas. The Condor.
Armacost, Jr., J. W., and A. P. Capparella. 2012. Colonization of mainland agricultural habitats by avian river-island specialists along the Amazon River in Peru. The Condor 114: 1-6.
Ayers, A. J., and J. W. Armacost, Jr. 2010. Marsh Wren eats small fish. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122: 623-624.
Armacost, Jr., J. W. 2007. Ecology and conservation of Amazonian river-island birds. Ph.D. Dissertation. Illinois State University. Normal, Illinois.
Armacost, Jr., J. W. 2005. Birds of palm-dominated terra firme forest: habitat heterogeneity and avian diversity in the Neotropics. Cotinga 25: 33-37.
Armacost, Jr., J. W. 2004. The nest, eggs, and nestlings of the Castlenauís Antshrike (Thamnophilus cryptoleucus), with notes on its ecology and conservation. Wilson Bulletin 116: 262-266.
Fujioka, M., Armacost, Jr., J. W., Yoshida, H. and T. Maeda. 2001. Value of fallow farmlands as summer habitats for waterbirds in a Japanese rural area. Ecological Research 16: 555-567.
Wood, D. R., Vilella, F. J., Burger, Jr., L. W., and J. W. Armacost, Jr. 2001. Surveying nocturnal bird communities of the Southeast with silent and playback methods. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 55: 528-533.
Armacost, Jr., J. W. 1998. Habitat use by the Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) in Mississippi. M.S. Thesis. Mississippi State University. Starkville, Mississippi.
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