Amanda Rodewald

Senior Director, Conservation Science

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

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: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.
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.
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.
Sevillano-Ríos, C. S., A. D. Rodewald, and L. V. Morales (2019). Alpine Birds of South America. In Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, p. B9780124095489118000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swift, R. J., A. D. Rodewald, and N. R. Senner (2018). Context-dependent costs and benefits of a heterospecific nesting association. Behavioral Ecology 29:974–983.
Rodewald, A. D., P. Arcese, J. Sarra, and J. Tobin (2018). eLetter: Paying to save biodiversity: Conservation and the private sector. [Online.] Available at
Isaksson, C., A. D. Rodewald, and D. Gil (2018). Editorial: Behavioural and Ecological Consequences of Urban Life in Birds. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6.
Rodewald, A. D., and J. W. Fitzpatrick (2018). Undermining protection for migratory birds. The Hill.
Soto, G. E., P. M. Vergara, and A. D. Rodewald (2018). The fruit of competition: Seed dispersal by Magellanic Woodpeckers in the threatened Valdivian Rainforest. Ecology 99:2617–2620.
Malpass, J. S., A. D. Rodewald, S. N. Matthews, and L. J. Kearns (2018). Nest predators, but not nest survival, differ between adjacent urban habitats. Urban Ecosystems 21:551–564.
Hernandez-Aguilera, J. N., M. I. Gómez, A. D. Rodewald, X. Rueda, C. Anunu, R. Bennett, and H. M. van Es (2018). Quality as a driver of sustainable agricultural value chains: The case of the relationship coffee model. Business Strategy and the Environment 27:179–198.
Rodewald, A. D., and K. . Rosenberg (2018). An Amazing Race: Spring Migration in the Americas. Living Bird 37:39.
Rodewald, A. D., M. L. Morrison, M. R. Colón, G. Voelker, and J. Prather (2018). What makes a bird. In Ornithology:  Foundation, Critique, and Application (C. Isaksson, A. D. Rodewald, and D. Gil, Eds.). In. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Isaksson, C., A. D. Rodewald, and D. Gil (Editors) (2018). Behavioural and Ecological Consequences of Urban Life in Birds. Frontiers Media SA.

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