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.


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

Recent Publications

Rodewald, A. D. (2021). Leveraging 30x30 through partnerships and co-benefits. The Hill.
Fleri, J. R., T. G. Martin, A. D. Rodewald, and P. Arcese (2021). [In Press] Non-native earthworms alter the assembly of a meadow plant community. Biological Invasions.
Sevillano-Ríos, C. S., and A. D. Rodewald (2021). Responses of Polylepis birds to patch and landscape attributes in the High Andes. Neotropical Biodiversity 7:5–22.
Williams, A., A. A. Dayer, J. N. Hernandez‐Aguilera, T. B. Phillips, H. Faulkner‐Grant, M. I. Gómez, and A. D. Rodewald (2021). Tapping birdwatchers to promote bird-friendly coffee consumption and conserve birds. People and Nature 3:312–324.
Anderson, M., A. D. Rodewald, and A. A. Dayer (2021). Regional variation in US land trust capacities and activities related to bird conservation. Natural Areas Journal 41:39–46.
Lerman, S. B., L. Pejchar, L. Benedict, K. M. Covino, J. L. Dickinson, J. E. Fantle-Lepczyk, A. D. Rodewald, and C. Vleck (2021). [In Press] Juggling parenthood and ornithology: A full lifecycle approach to supporting mothers through the American Ornithological Society. Ornithological Applications.
Jones, T. M., J. D. Brawn, A. C. Ausprey, A. C. Vitz, A. D. Rodewald, D. W. Rybuck, T. J. Boves, C. J. Fiss, D. J. McNeil, S. H. Stoleson, J. L. Larkin, et al. (2020). Parental benefits and offspring costs reflect parent-offspring conflict over the age of fledging among songbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 117:30539–30546.
Lin, H.-Y., R. Schuster, S. Wilson, S. J. Cooke, A. D. Rodewald, and J. R. Bennett (2020). Integrating season-specific needs of migratory and resident birds in conservation planning. Biological Conservation 252:108826.
Liang, Y., I. Rudik, E. Y. Zou, A. Johnston, A. D. Rodewald, and C. L. Kling (2020). Conservation cobenefits from air pollution regulation: Evidence from birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117.
Lees, A. C., K. V. Rosenberg, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, S. Marsden, T. S. Schulenberg, and A. D. Rodewald (2020). A roadmap to identifying and filling shortfalls in Neotropical ornithology. The Auk 137:ukaa048.
Fiss, C. J., D. J. McNeil, A. D. Rodewald, J. E. Duchamp, and J. L. Larkin (2020). Post-fledging Golden-winged Warblers require forests with multiple stand developmental stages. The Condor 122:duaa052.
Swift, R. J., A. D. Rodewald, J. Johnson, B. Andres, and N. R. Senner (2020). Seasonal survival and reversible state effects in a long-distance migratory shorebird. Journal of Animal Ecology 89:2043–2055.
Sullivan, S. M. P., M. C. Rains, A. D. Rodewald, W. W. Buzbee, and A. D. Rosemond (2020). Distorting science, putting water at risk. Science 369:766–768.
Rodewald, A. D. (2020). Act Now to Protect Our Nation’s Birds. The Hill.
Martell, J. E. M., and A. D. Rodewald (2020). Frames, facts, and the science of communicating environmental crises. Conservation Biology 34:766–768.
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.
Alaniz, A. J., M. A. Carvajal, P. M. Vergara, A. Fierro, D. Moreira-Arce, A. Rojas-Osorio, G. E. Soto, and A. D. Rodewald (2020). Trophic behavior of specialist predators from a macroecological approach: The case of the Magellanic Woodpecker in South American temperate forests. Global Ecology and Conservation 24:e01285.
Martell, J. E. M., and A. D. Rodewald (2020). Media transparency and evidence‐based framing: Reply to Kusmanoff. Conservation Biology 34:1063–1064.
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.
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.
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.
Rodewald, A. D. (2020). Analysis: If Another Deepwater Horizon Happens, New Policy Changes Would Give Polluters a Free Pass. Living Bird.
Rodewald, A. D., P. Arcese, J. Sarra, J. Sayer, F. Hawkins, T. Martin, B. Guy, and K. Wachowicz (2020). Innovative finance for conservation: roles for ecologists and practitioners. 36.
Poblete, Y., G. E. Soto, L. Campagna, M. E. Ávila, C. Fernández, C. R. Flores, and A. D. Rodewald (2020). Deforestation patterns shape population structure of the Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus) in southern Chile. Avian Conservation and Ecology 15:art19.
Sevillano-Ríos, C. S., A. D. Rodewald, and L. V. Morales (2020). Alpine birds of South America. In Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes. 1st edition. Elsevier, pp. 409–504.
Liang, Y., I. J. Rudik, E. Zou, A. Johnston, A. D. Rodewald, and C. L. Kling (2020). Conservation co-benefits from air pollution regulation. NBER Working Paper Series 27415.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Schuster, R., S. Wilson, A. D. Rodewald, P. Arcese, D. Fink, T. Auer, and Joseph. R. Bennett (2019). Optimizing the conservation of migratory species over their full annual cycle. Nature Communications 10:1754.
Wilson, S., R. Schuster, A. D. Rodewald, J. R. Bennett, A. C. 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.
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.
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.
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.

Don't miss a thing! Join our email list