Assistant Professor of Biology
Office Location: Neidig-Garber 123
I am a wildlife ecologist studying the effects of human activities on biological communities. My past research primarily focused on effects within bird communities. My current projects include:
- the effects of deer, invasive plant species, and canopy gaps on oak regeneration
- the advantages of native plant gardens
- the effects of the introduced spotted lanternfly on the forest insect community
Becker D. 2023. Placed-based learning in applied undergraduate forest ecology labs. The American Biology Teacher 85(4): 225-227.
Becker, D., P.B. Wood, M. Strager, and C. Mazzarella. 2015. Impacts of mountaintop mining on terrestrial ecosystem integrity: identifying landscape thresholds for avian species in the central Appalachians, United States. Landscape Ecology 30: 339-356.
Wood, P., M. Frantz, and D.A. Becker. 2016. Louisiana waterthrush and benthic macroinvertebrate response to shale gas development. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7: 423-433.
Becker, D., P.B. Wood, and P.D. Keyser. 2012. Canada Warbler use of harvested stands following timber management in the southern portion of their range. Journal of Forest Ecology and Management 276: 1-9.
Becker, D.A., P.B. Wood, P.D. Keyser, T.B. Wigley, R. Dellinger, and C.A. Weakland. 2011. Threshold responses of songbirds to long-term timber management on an active industrial forest. Journal of Forest Ecology and Management 262: 449-460.
- ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
- Bio 112 General Biology II
- BIO 314 Wildlife Ecology and Management
- BIO 313 Forest Ecology and Management
- BIO 214 Biological Research Methods, Design, and Statistics