Amanda Rodewald

Garvin Professor and Senior Director, Center for Avian Population Studies

Conserving birds and biodiversity is a complex challenge that requires innovative science and technology, a detailed understanding of ecological and social systems, and the ability to implement sustainable solutions at global and local scales. Like others at the Lab, I believe that the highest return on conservation investments comes when science is used to guide actions.

As an ecologist and conservation biologist, I seek to identify and understand the needs and threats facing ecosystems and species globally, the actions needed to ensure conservation, and the ways to work with people to achieve them. Because my work is motivated by a deep commitment to both move science into action and build capacity in others, I collaborate with diverse scientists, decision-makers, practitioners, and partners in public and private sectors to develop approaches that support people, biodiversity, and the environment.

My current projects focus on (1) responses of animal populations and ecological communities to changes in land use, climate, invasive species, and disturbance regimes, (2) social and ecological dynamics in cities, working landscapes, and biodiversity hotspots, (3) sustainable management of temperate and tropical forests and farms, (4) conservation planning and prioritization, and (5) innovative finance and incentives to promote conservation and alleviate poverty.

Education

Ph.D., Ecology, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Zoology, University of Arkansas
B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Montana

Recent Publications

Rodewald, A. D. (2020). Weakening air quality standards threatens to exacerbate COVID-19 health disparities. The Hill.
Rodewald, A. D. (2020). The effort to fight emerging infectious diseases must be holistic. The Hill.
McNeil, D. J., A. D. Rodewald, O. J. Robinson, C. J. Fiss, K. V. Rosenberg, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, K. R. Aldinger, A. A. Dhondt, S. Petzinger, and J. L. Larkin (2020). Regional abundance and local breeding productivity explain occupancy of restored habitats in a migratory songbird. Biological Conservation 245:108463.
Barbosa, K. V. de C., A. D. Rodewald, M. C. Ribeiro, and A. E. Jahn (2020). Noise level and water distance drive resident and migratory bird species richness within a Neotropical megacity. Landscape and Urban Planning 197:103769.
Johnston, A., T. Auer, D. Fink, M. Strimas‐Mackey, M. Iliff, K. V. Rosenberg, S. Brown, R. Lanctot, A. D. Rodewald, and S. Kelling (2020). Comparing abundance distributions and range maps in spatial conservation planning for migratory species. Ecological Applications 30:e02058.
Rushing, C. S., R. W. Rohrbaugh, C. J. Fiss, C. S. Rosenberry, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2020). Long-term variation in white-tailed deer abundance shapes landscape-scale population dynamics of forest-breeding birds. Forest Ecology and Management 456:117629.
Martell, J. E. M., and A. D. Rodewald (2020). [In Press] Frames, facts, and the science of communicating environmental crises. Conservation Biology.
Rodewald, A. D. (2020). Trump targets migratory birds (why is he doing that?). The National Interest.
Bennett, R. E., A. D. Rodewald, K. V. Rosenberg, R. Chandler, L. Chavarria-Duriaux, J. A. Gerwin, D. I. King, and J. L. Larkin (2019). Drivers of variation in migration behavior for a linked population of long-distance migratory passerine. The Auk 136:ukz051.
Martell, J. E. M., and A. D. Rodewald (2019). Precision or Persuasion? The Science of Communicating Environmental Crises. The Hill.
Sullivan, S. M. P., M. C. Rains, and A. D. Rodewald (2019). Opinion: The proposed change to the definition of "waters of the United States" flouts sound science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116:11558–11561.
McNeil, D. J., C. J. Fiss, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2019). Facultative polygamy may influence post-fledging movements in a brood-splitting passerine. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131:173.
Fiss, C. J., D. J. McNeil, F. Rodríguez, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2019). Hail-induced nest failure and adult mortality in a declining ground-nesting forest songbird. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131:165.
Rodewald, A. D., J. Bennett, P. Arcese, R. Schuster, and S. Wilson (2019). How birders helped pinpoint hotspots for migratory bird conservation. The Conversation. [Online.] Available at
Schuster, R., S. Wilson, A. D. Rodewald, P. Arcese, D. Fink, T. Auer, and J. R. Bennett (2019). Optimizing the conservation of migratory species over their full annual cycle. Nature Communications 10:1754.
Rodewald, A. D., M. Strimas-Mackey, R. Schuster, and P. Arcese (2019). Tradeoffs in the value of biodiversity feature and cost data in conservation prioritization. Scientific Reports 9:15921.
Bennett, R. E., A. D. Rodewald, and K. V. Rosenberg (2019). Overlooked sexual segregation of habitats exposes female migratory landbirds to threats. Biological Conservation 240:108266.
Wilson, S., R. Schuster, A. D. Rodewald, J. R. Bennett, A. . Smith, F. A. La Sorte, P. H. Verburg, and P. Arcese (2019). Prioritize diversity or declining species? Trade-offs and synergies in spatial planning for the conservation of migratory birds in the face of land cover change. Biological Conservation 239:108285.
Schuster, R., R. R. Germain, J. R. Bennett, N. J. Reo, and P. Arcese (2019). Vertebrate biodiversity on indigenous-managed lands in Australia, Brazil, and Canada equals that in protected areas. Environmental Science & Policy 101:1–6.
Rodewald, A. D., M. Strimas-Mackey, R. Schuster, and P. Arcese (2019). Beyond canaries in coal mines: Co-occurrence of Andean mining concessions and migratory birds. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 17:151–156.
Arcese, P., and A. D. Rodewald (2019). Predictors and consequences of earthworm invasion in a coastal archipelago. Biological Invasions 21:1833–1842.
Hernandez-Aguilera, J. N., J. M. Conrad, M. I. Gómez, and A. D. Rodewald (2019). The economics and ecology of shade-grown coffee: A model to incentivize shade and bird conservation. Ecological Economics 159:110–121.
McNeil, D. J., C. R. V. Otto, E. L. Moser, K. R. Urban-Mead, D. E. King, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2019). Distance models as a tool for modelling detection probability and density of native bumblebees. Journal of Applied Entomology 143:225–235.
Vergara, P. M., G. E. Soto, A. D. Rodewald, and M. Quiroz (2019). Behavioral switching in Magellanic woodpeckers reveals perception of habitat quality at different spatial scales. Landscape Ecology 34:79–92.
Wilson, S., R. Schuster, A. D. Rodewald, J. R. Bennett, A. C. Smith, F. A. La Sorte, P. H. Verburg, and P. Arcese (2019). [In Press] Prioritize diversity or declining species? Trade-offs and synergies in spatial planning for the conservation of migratory birds in the face of land cover change. Biological Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1101/429019
Sevillano-Ríos, C. S., A. D. Rodewald, and L. V. Morales (2019). Alpine birds of South America. In Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes (M. Goldstein and D. DellaSala, Editors). Elsevier, p. B9780124095489118000.
Soto, G. E., P. M. Vergara, and A. D. Rodewald (2019). The fruit of competition: Seed dispersal by Magellanic Woodpeckers in the threatened Valdivian Rainforest. Ecology 99:2617–2620.
Lutter, S. H., A. A. Dayer, A. D. Rodewald, and D. J. McNeil (2019). Early successional forest banagement on private lands as a coupled human and natural system. Forests 10:14.
Johnston, A., T. Auer, D. Ardia, M. E. Strimas-Mackey, M. J. Iliff, K. V. Rosenberg, S. Brown, R. Lanctot, A. D. Rodewald, and S. Kelling (2019). [In Press] Performance of abundance distributions and range maps in spatial conservation planning for migratory species. Ecological Applications.
Bennett, R. E., A. D. Rodewald, K. V. Rosenberg, R. Chandler, L. Chaviarra-Dureaux, J. Gerwin, D. King, and J. Larkin (2019). [In Press] Migration strategy and movement behaviors vary around a geographic barrier for a long-distance migratory songbird. The Auk: Ornithological Advances.
Rodewald, A. D., M. Strimas-Mackey, R. Schuster, and P. Arcese (2019). [In Press] Tradeoffs in the value of biodiversity feature and cost data in conservation prioritization. Scientific Reports.
Martell, J. E. M., and A. D. Rodewald (2019). [In Press] Frames, facts, and the science of communicating environmental crises. Conservation Biology.
McNeil, D. J., C. J. Fiss, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2019). [In Press] Facultative polygamy influences post-fledging movements in a brood-splitting passerine. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
Fiss, C., C. J. McNeill, F. Rodriguez, A. D. Rodewald, and J. Larkin (2019). [In Press] Hail-induced nest failure and adult mortality in a declining ground-nesting forest songbird. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
Rushing, C. S., R. W. Rohrbaugh, C. J. Fiss, C. S. Rosenberry, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2019). [In press] Long-term variation in White-tailed deer abundance shapes landscape-scale population dynamics of forest songbirds. Forest Ecology and Management.
Bennett, R. E., A. D. Rodewald, and K. V. Rosenberg (2019). [In press] Overlooked sexual segregation of habitats exposes female migratory landbirds to threats. Biological Conservation.
Rodewald, A. D., R. Strimas-Mackey, R. Schuster, and P. Arcese (2019). [In press] Beyond canaries in coal mines: Co-occurrence of Andean mining concessions and migratory birds. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation.
Bigelow, S. W., C. G. Mahan, A. D. Rodewald, and J. Larkin (2019). [In press] Forest Management for Wildlife. In The Wildlife Techniques Manual. Volume 1: Research. Johns Hopkins Press.
Sullivan, S. M. P., M. Rains, and A. D. Rodewald (2019). [In press] Where’s the science in the proposed change to the definition of “waters of the United States?” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Kearns, L. J., and A. D. Rodewald (2019). [In press] Does nest predator activity predict location and survival of songbird nests in urbanizing landscapes? Condor.
McNeil, D. J., C. J. Fiss, A. D. Rodewald, and J. L. Larkin (2019). [In press] Facultative polygamy influences post-fledging movements in a brood-splitting passerine. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
Soto, G. E., C. G. Pérez-Hernández, I. J. Hahn, A. D. Rodewald, and P. M. Vergara (2019). [In press] Tree senescence as a direct measure of habitat quality:  linking red-edge vegetation indices to space use by Magellanic Woodpeckers. Remote Sensing of Environment.
Malpass, J., A. D. Rodewald, and S. N. Matthews (2019). [In press] Scale-dependent effects of anthropogenic foods on predators and prey. Condor.
Sevillano-Rios, C. S., A. D. Rodewald, and L. V. Morales (2019). [In press] Ecología y conservación de las aves asociadas a Polylepis: ¿qué sabemos de ésta comunidad cada vez más vulnerable? Ecologia Austral.
Rodewald, A. D. (2018). Watering down water protection. The Hill.
Rodewald, A. D. (2018). Beer may be yet another victim of climate change. The Hill.

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