SYLLABI FOR ON-CAMPUS COURSES
I regularly teach courses for Oglethorpe University's Biology Department, Urban Ecology Program, and Core Program as well as Coe College's Wilderness Field Station. For all of these courses, my goals are:
I am interested in identifying ways that private landowners, natural resource managers, urban planners, and policy makers can conserve biodiversity in developing landscapes or restore biodiversity in developed landscapes. To achieve these goals, I study how selective pressures on vertebrate and plant populations change with development and in turn affect vertebrate community composition. Most of these studies are field-based and test hypotheses with correlative and experimental methods. My current research projects investigate the effects of (1) invasive Chinese privet on native plants and birds in Atlanta, (2) fisheries restoration on non-target species in Montana, and (3) succession of mixed forest on bird community composition in Minnesota's Superior National Forest. Al three projects provide exciting opportunities for undergraduate participation and independent study. Please contact me if you are interested in one of these opportunities.
SELECT PUBLICATIONS (some links require adobe acrobat)
Donnelly, R.E., T. Katzner, I.J. Gordon, M.E. Gompper, S. Redpath, T.W.J. Garner, R. Altwegg, D.H. Reed, K. Acevedo-Whitehouse and N. Pettorelli. 2011. Putting the eco back in ecotourism. Animal Conservation 14:325-327.
Mendelson, J.R. and R. Donnelly. 2011. The crisis of global amphibian declines: events, causes and consequences. Available at http://ncep.amnh.org/index.php?globalnav=resources§ionnav=modules§ionsubnav=find_modules&action=default (accessed 25 July 2011).
Donnelly, R. 2009. An Assessment of Assemblage Nestedness in Habitat Fragments. Available at http://tiee.ecoed.net/vol/v6/experiment/assessment_assemblage/abstract.html (accessed 25 July 2011).
Fleishman, E., R. Donnelly, R. Reeves, and J. Fay. 2007. Applications of nestedness analysis to biodiversity conservation in developing landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 81:271-281. [related freeware in zipped folder]
Donnelly, R., and J.M. Marzluff. 2006. Relative importance of habitat quantity, structure, and spatial pattern to birds in an urbanizing region. Urban Ecosystems 9:99-117.
Donnelly, R., and J.M. Marzluff. 2004. Importance of reserve size and landscape context to urban bird conservation. Conservation Biology 18:733-745.
Donnelly, R. 2002. Habitat reserve design for bird conservation in urbanizing areas (2 page factsheet). In Design of habitat reserves and settlements for bird conservation in the Seattle metropolitan area, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle.
Donnelly, R. 2002. Residential development design for bird conservation urbanizing areas (2 page factsheet). In Design of habitat reserves and settlements for bird conservation in the Seattle metropolitan area, PhD dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle.
Marzluff, J.M., R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly. 2001. A historical perspective on urban bird research: Trends, topics, and definitions. In Avian ecology and conservation in an urbanizing world, J.M. Marzluff, R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly (eds.). Kluwer Academic Press, Norwell.
Marzluff, J.M., R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly. 2001. Causes and consequences of expanding American Crow populations in urban environments. In Avian ecology and conservation in an urbanizing world, J.M. Marzluff, R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly (eds.). Kluwer Academic Press, Norwell.
Conservation of Hawaiian Biodiversity students, 2008