Frank La Sorte

Research Associate

Expertise

Bird Migration • Climate Change • Urbanization • Biogeography • Macroecology

I am a research ecologist whose work explores the macroecology, biogeography, and conservation of plants and birds with a special focus on migratory birds and global change.

Education

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, New Mexico State University
M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona
B.A., Biology, Oberlin College

Recent Publications

Horton, K. G., F. A. La Sorte, D. Sheldon, T.-Y. Lin, K. Winner, G. Bernstein, S. Maji, W. M. Hochachka, and A. Farnsworth (2020). Phenology of nocturnal avian migration has shifted at the continental scale. Nature Climate Change 10:63–68.
La Sorte, F. A., and M. Somveille (2020). Survey completeness of a global citizen‐science database of bird occurrence. Ecography 43:34–43.
Coleman, T., L. Mentch, D. Fink, F. A. La Sorte, D. W. Winkler, G. Hooker, and W. M. Hochachka (2020). [In Press] Statistical inference on Tree Swallow migration with random forests. Journal of the Royal Society of Statistics: Series  C (Applied Statistics).
La Sorte, F. A., and C. H. Graham (2020). [In Press] Phenological synchronization of seasonal bird migration with vegetation greenness across dietary guilds. Journal of Animal Ecology.
Cardoso, G. C., B. T. Klingbeil, F. A. La Sorte, C. A. Lepczyk, D. Fink, and C. H. Flather (2020). [In Press] Exposure to noise pollution across North American passerines supports the noise filter hypothesis. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Klingbeil, B. T., F. A. La Sorte, C. A. Lepczyk, D. Fink, and C. H. Flather (2019). Geographical associations with anthropogenic noise pollution for North American breeding birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography:geb.13016.
Lin, T.-Y., K. Winner, G. Bernstein, A. Mittal, A. M. Dokter, K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, B. M. V. Doren, A. Farnsworth, F. A. L. Sorte, S. Maji, and D. Sheldon (2019). MistNet: Measuring historical bird migration in the US using archived weather radar data and convolutional neural networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 0.
Lin, T., K. Winner, G. Bernstein, A. Mittal, A. M. Dokter, K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, B. M. Van Doren, A. Farnsworth, F. A. La Sorte, S. Maji, and D. Sheldon (2019). MistNet: Measuring historical bird migration in the US using archived weather radar data and convolutional neural networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1908–1922.
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.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, and A. Johnston (2019). Time of emergence of novel climates for North American migratory bird populations. Ecography 42:1079–1091.
Horton, K. G., C. Nilsson, B. M. Van Doren, F. A. La Sorte, A. M. Dokter, and A. Farnsworth (2019). Bright lights in the big cities: Migratory birds' exposure to artificial light. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17:209–214.
Callan, L. M., F. A. La Sorte, T. E. Martin, and V. G. Rohwer (2019). Higher nest predation favors rapid fledging at the cost of plumage quality in nestling birds. The American Naturalist 193:717–724.
Horton, K. G., B. M. Van Doren, F. A. La Sorte, E. B. Cohen, H. L. Clipp, J. J. Buler, D. Fink, J. F. Kelly, and A. Farnsworth (2019). Holding steady: Little change in intensity or timing of bird migration over the Gulf of Mexico. Global Change Biology 25:1106–1118.
La Sorte, F. A., K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, and A. M. Dokter (2019). Projected changes in wind assistance under climate change for nocturnally migrating bird populations. Global Change Biology 25:289 – 601.
La Sorte, F. A., and M. Somveille (2019). [In Press] Survey completeness of a global citizen-science database of bird occurrence. Ecography.
Horton, K. G., B. M. Van Doren, F. A. La Sorte, D. Fink, D. Sheldon, A. Farnsworth, and J. F. Kelly (2018). Navigating north: How body mass and winds shape avian flight behaviours across a North American migratory flyway. Ecology Letters 21:1055–1064.
Dokter, A. M., A. Farnsworth, D. Fink, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, W. M. Hochachka, F. A. La Sorte, O. J. Robinson, K. V. Rosenberg, and S. Kelling (2018). Seasonal abundance and survival of North America's migratory avifauna determined by weather radar. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1603–1609.
La Sorte, F. A., C. A. Lepczyk, M. F. J. Aronson, M. A. Goddard, M. Hedblom, M. Katti, I. MacGregor-Fors, U. Mörtberg, C. H. Nilon, P. S. Warren, N. S. G. Williams, and J. Yang (2018). The phylogenetic and functional diversity of regional breeding bird assemblages is reduced and constricted through urbanization. Diversity and Distributions 24:928–938.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, and A. Johnston (2018). Seasonal associations with novel climates for North American migratory bird populations. Ecology Letters 21:845–856.
La Sorte, F. A., C. A. Lepczyk, J. L. Burnett, A. H. Hurlbert, M. W. Tingley, and B. Zuckerberg (2018). Opportunities and challenges for big data ornithology. The Condor 120:414–426.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, P. J. Blancher, A. D. Rodewald, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, K. V. Rosenberg, W. M. Hochachka, P. H. Verburg, and S. Kelling (2017). Global change and the distributional dynamics of migratory bird populations wintering in Central America. Global Change Biology 23:5284–5296.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, J. J. Buler, A. Farnsworth, and S. A. Cabrera-Cruz (2017). Seasonal associations with urban light pollution for nocturnally migrating bird populations. Global Change Biology 23:4603–4619.
Ricotta, C., G. L. Rapson, U. Asmus, P. Pyšek, I. Kühn, F. A. La Sorte, and K. Thompson (2017). British plants as aliens in New Zealand cities: residence time moderates their impact on the beta diversity of urban floras. Biological Invasions 19:3589–3599.
La Sorte, F. A., and D. Fink (2017). Projected changes in prevailing winds for transatlantic migratory birds under global warming. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:273–284.
La Sorte, F. A., and D. Fink (2017). Migration distance, ecological barriers and en-route variation in the migratory behaviour of terrestrial bird populations. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26:216–227.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, W. M. Hochachka, and S. Kelling (2016). Convergence of broad-scale migration strategies in terrestrial birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283:20152588.
Zuckerberg, B., D. Fink, F. A. La Sorte, W. M. Hochachka, and S. Kelling (2016). Novel seasonal land cover associations for eastern North American forest birds identified through dynamic species distribution modelling. Diversity and Distributions 22:717–730.
La Sorte, F. A., W. M. Hochachka, A. Farnsworth, A. A. Dhondt, and D. Sheldon (2016). The implications of mid-latitude climate extremes for North American migratory bird populations. Ecosphere 7:e01261.
Aronson, M. F. J., C. H. Nilon, C. A. Lepczyk, T. S. Parker, P. S. Warren, S. S. Cilliers, M. A. Goddard, A. K. Hahs, C. Herzog, M. Katti, F. A. La Sorte, et al. (2016). Hierarchical filters determine community assembly of urban species pools. Ecology 97:2952–2963.
La Sorte, F. A., W. M. Hochachka, A. Farnsworth, D. Sheldon, B. M. V. Doren, D. Fink, and S. Kelling (2015). Seasonal changes in the altitudinal distribution of nocturnally migrating birds during autumn migration. Royal Society Open Science 2:150347.
Farnsworth, A., F. A. La Sorte, and M. J. Iliff (2015). Warmer Summers and Drier Winters Correlate with More Winter Vagrant Purple Gallinules (Porphyrio martinicus) in the North Atlantic Region. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:582–593.
Kelling, S., D. Fink, F. A. La Sorte, A. Johnston, N. E. Bruns, and W. M. Hochachka (2015). Taking a “Big Data” approach to data quality in a citizen science project. Ambio 44 Suppl 4:601–611.
Kelling, S., A. Johnston, W. M. Hochachka, M. Iliff, D. Fink, J. Gerbracht, C. Lagoze, F. A. La Sorte, T. Moore, A. Wiggins, W.-K. Wong, et al. (2015). Can observation skills of citizen scientists be estimated using species accumulation curves? PLOS ONE 10:e0139600.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, W. M. Hochachka, J. L. Aycrigg, K. V. Rosenberg, A. D. Rodewald, N. E. Bruns, A. Farnsworth, B. L. Sullivan, C. Wood, and S. Kelling (2015). Documenting stewardship responsibilities across the annual cycle for birds on U.S. public lands. Ecological Applications 25:39–51.
La Sorte, F. A., W. M. Hochachka, A. Farnsworth, D. Sheldon, D. Fink, J. Geevarghese, K. Winner, B. M. Van Doren, and S. Kelling (2015). Migration timing and its determinants for nocturnal migratory birds during autumn migration. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:1202–1212.
Supp, S. R., F. A. La Sorte, T. A. Cormier, M. C. W. Lim, D. R. Powers, S. M. Wethington, S. Goetz, and C. H. Graham (2015). Citizen-science data provides new insight into annual and seasonal variation in migration patterns. Ecosphere 6:art15.
Dobson, L. L., F. A. La Sorte, L. L. Manne, and B. A. Hawkins (2015). The diversity and abundance of North American bird assemblages fail to track changing productivity. Ecology 96:1105–1114.
Yang, J., F. A. La Sorte, P. Pyšek, P. Yan, D. Nowak, and J. McBride (2015). The compositional similarity of urban forests among the world's cities is scale dependent. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24:1413–1423.
La Sorte, Frank A., Fink, Daniel, Hochachka, Wesley M., DeLong, John P., and Kelling, Steve (2014). Spring phenology of ecological productivity contributes to the use of looped migration strategies by birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281:20140984.
Fink, D., T. Damoulas, N. E. Bruns, F. A. La Sorte, W. M. Hochachka, C. P. Gomes, and S. Kelling (2014). Crowdsourcing Meets Ecology: Hemisphere-Wide Spatiotemporal Species Distribution Models. AI Magazine 35:19–30.
La Sorte, F. A., S. H. M. Butchart, W. Jetz, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2014). Range-Wide latitudinal and elevational temperature gradients for the world's terrestrial birds: implications under global climate change. PLOS ONE 9:e98361.
Aronson Myla F. J., La Sorte Frank A., Nilon Charles H., Katti Madhusudan, Goddard Mark A., Lepczyk Christopher A., Warren Paige S., Williams Nicholas S. G., Cilliers Sarel, Clarkson Bruce, Dobbs Cynnamon, et al. (2014). A global analysis of the impacts of urbanization on bird and plant diversity reveals key anthropogenic drivers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281:20133330.
Ricotta, C., L. Celesti-Grapow, I. Kühn, G. Rapson, P. Pyšek, F. A. La Sorte, and K. Thompson (2014). Geographical Constraints Are Stronger than Invasion Patterns for European Urban Floras. PLoS ONE 9:e85661.
La Sorte, F. A., M. W. Tingley, and A. H. Hurlbert (2014). The role of urban and agricultural areas during avian migration: an assessment of within-year temporal turnover. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:1225–1234.
La Sorte, F. A., M. F. J. Aronson, N. S. G. Williams, L. Celesti‐Grapow, S. Cilliers, B. D. Clarkson, R. W. Dolan, A. Hipp, S. Klotz, I. Kühn, P. Pyšek, et al. (2014). Beta diversity of urban floras among European and non-European cities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:769–779.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, W. M. Hochachka, A. Farnsworth, A. D. Rodewald, K. V. Rosenberg, B. L. Sullivan, D. W. Winkler, C. Wood, and S. Kelling (2014). The role of atmospheric conditions in the seasonal dynamics of North American migration flyways. Journal of Biogeography 41:1685–1696.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, W. M. Hochachka, J. P. DeLong, and S. Kelling (2013). Population-level scaling of avian migration speed with body size and migration distance for powered fliers. Ecology 94:1839–1847.
Ricotta, C., F. A. La Sorte, P. Pyšek, G. L. Rapson, L. Celesti-Grapow, and K. Thompson (2012). Phylogenetic beta diversity of native and alien species in European urban floras. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21:751–759.
Jacobs, R. B., F. R. Thompson, R. R. Koford, F. A. La Sorte, H. D. Woodward, and J. A. Fitzgerald (2012). Habitat and landscape effects on abundance of Missouri's grassland birds. The Journal of Wildlife Management 76:372–381.

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