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Welcome to the Loss Lab! We study multiple aspects of global change ecology and management, including effects of climate change on wildlife and  habitats, distributions and effects of invasive species, the role of wildlife and land cover change in vector-borne disease transmission, and direct sources of human-caused wildlife mortality like predation by free-ranging cats and bird collisions with structures (e.g., buildings, energy infrastructure & vehicles). Birds are the focus of much of our work, but we also study plants, invertebrates, and wildlife more broadly.

Lab News

August 2022 - We have a new paper out in Journal of Vector Ecology on the effect of woody plant encroachment by eastern redcedar on mosquito communities and West Nile virus in Oklahoma.

June 2022 - A new paper led by Loss Lab postdoc Dave Londe "Inundation of depressional wetlands declines under a changing climate" is now published in Climatic Change!

May 2022 - We have a new paper out: "Review and synthesis of the global literature on domestic cat impacts on wildlife," published in Journal of Animal Ecology, the result of our whole-lab collaboration including 2 Loss Lab postdocs, 3 grad students, and 1 undergrad researcher!

March 2022 - We collaborated with researchers at the USGS on a new paper in Royal Society Open Science evaluating vulnerability of avian populations to renewable energy production.

February 2022 - A new paper led by Loss Lab MS alum Georgia Riggs is now published in PLOS ONE - Stakeholder perceptions of bird-window collisions!

January 2022 - We're excited to welcome 2 new Loss Lab grad students! Lucas Bobay will study interactions among prescribed fire, invasive earthworms, and migratory birds in tallgrass prairies, and Matt Broadway will develop and use a protocol to monitor the distribution and habitat associations of the declining Eastern Whip-poor-will in Oklahoma!

November 2021 - A new review paper led by Scott is out in the Journal of Applied Ecology on the effects of woody plant encroachment on the ecology of vector-borne diseases.

November 2021 - A new paper led by Loss Lab postdoctoral fellow Ellen Robertson is out in Global Change Biology. Ellen analyzed how prescribed fire creates variation in thermal conditions across the landscape, providing multiple options for a turtle species to thermoregulate in a warming climate.

 

September 2021 - We have a new paper published in Urban Ecosytems! First-authored by Loss Lab MS alum Megan Roselli, we studied the role of birds in carrying ticks across an urban-rural gradient in the U.S. Great Plains.

 

June 2021 - New co-authored paper in Ecosphere (led by USGS collaborators) using demographic and potential biological removal to identify raptor species vulnerable to current and future U.S. wind energy development.

 

May 2021 - New paper led by Loss Lab PhD alum Corey Riding published in Scientific Reports: "Multi-scale temporal variation in bird-window collisions in the central United States."

May 2021 - Scott and Loss Lab alums Jared Elmore and Sirena Lao were interviewed for an NPR story covering our research on bird-window collisions, including our studies of the role of light pollution and the use of radar to predict them.

April 2021 - New paper led by Loss Lab MS alum Matt Fullerton published in Ornithological Applications: "Interannual climate variation influences nest initiation date and nest productivity of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at the northwestern edge of its range"

April 2021 - Loss Lab MS student Georgia Riggs is presenting her research on human perceptions of bird-window collisions and management approaches to reduce them at the Wilson Ornithological Society Annual Meeting.

March 2021 - We're excited to welcome Dr. David Londe to the lab! Dr. Londe is starting a postdoc position, in collaboration with Craig Davis's lab (and funded by South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center), to assess climate change effects on migratory shorebirds and their wetland habitats in the U.S. Great Plains.

February 2021 - New open access paper led by OSU/Loss Lab undergrad Seraiah Coe, and mentored by Loss lab alums Jared Elmore and Lisa Elizondo, now published in Wildlife Biology: Free-ranging domestic cat abundance and sterilization percentage following five years of a trap–neuter–return program

January 2021 - Our new paper, led by Loss Lab PhD alum, Jared Elmore is published in Journal of Applied Ecology: Predicting bird-window collisions with weather radar.

August 2020 - Scott gave a talk at the North American Ornithological Conference on our lab's >7 years of bird-window collision research (co-authors included 4 lab grad students: Georgia Riggs, Sirena Lao, Corey Riding, Jared Elmore).

June 2020 - New paper led by Loss Lab grad student Jared Elmore published in Conservation Biology: Correlates of bird collisions with buildings across three North American countries

May 2020 - We learned that we've received a grant from the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center to collaborate with Dr. Craig Davis and others to project effects of climate change on wetlands & migratory shorebirds in the Great Plains. Keep your eyes out for announcement of a postdoc position to lead this work!

March 2020 - New co-authored paper describing a method to assess population consequences of  human-related threats to wildlife published in Ecosphere (led by collaborators at USGS)

February 2020 - We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ellen Robertson as a new postdoctoral research fellow in the Loss Lab! Ellen's research (funded by the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center) will evaluate effects of climate change on bird migration and breeding distributions in the south-central US and beyond.

February 2020 - Two Loss Lab grad students, Jared Elmore and Georgia Riggs, presented their research at the Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference.

January 2020 - 2 papers 1st-authored by Loss Lab grad students were published in the last week, one in The Condor on building facade-level correlates of bird-window collisions by Corey Riding and one in Journal of Medical Entomology comparing methodologies to sample birds for ticks by Megan Roselli.