Dr. Rolf R Koford

People
Assistant Professor Emeritus
Rolf Koford

Research

Dr. Koford specializes in birds that nest in grasslands, including songbirds and dabbling ducks. He has a diverse background in ecology, conservation biology, behavioral ecology, population biology, and wildlife research techniques. He also participates in the interdepartmental program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Publications

  •      Jacobs, R. B., F. R. Thompson, III, R. R. Koford, F. A. La Sorte, H. Woodward, and J. A. Fitzgerald.  2012.  Habitat and landscape effects on grassland birds in Missouri. Journal of Wildlife Management.
  • Hovick, T. J., J. R. Miller, R. R. Koford, D. M. Engle, and D. M. Debinski. 2011. Postfledging survival of grasshopper sparrows in grasslands managed with fire and grazing. Condor 113:429–437.
  • Vogel, J. A., R. R. Koford, and D. L. Otis. 2011.  Assessing the role of conspecific attraction in habitat restoration for Henslow’s sparrows in Iowa.  Prairie Naturalist 43:23-28.
  • Jain, A. A., R. R. Koford, A. W. Hancock, and G. G. Zenner.  2011.  Bat mortality and activity at a northern Iowa wind resource area.  Am. Midl. Nat.165:185-200.
  • Vogel, J. A., R. R. Koford, and D. M. Debinski. 2010. Direct and indirect responses of tallgrass prairie butterflies to prescribed burning. J. Insect Conserv. 14:663–677.
  • Ribic, C. A., R. R. Koford, J. R. Herkert, D. H. Johnson, N. D. Niemuth, D. E. Naugle, K. K. Bakker, D. W. Sample, and R. B. Renfrew.  2009.  Area sensitivity in North American grassland birds: patterns and processes.  Auk 126:233-244.
  • Arnett, E. B., W. K. Brown, W. P. Erickson, J. K. Fiedler, B. L. Hamilton, T. H. Henry, A. Jain, G. D. Johnson, J. Kerns, R. R. Koford, C. P. Nicholson, T. J. O’Connell, M. D. Piorkowski, R. D. Tankersley, Jr.  2008.  Patterns of bat fatalities at wind energy facilities in North America.  J. Wildl. Manage. 72:61-78.
  • Vogel, J. A., D. M. Debinski, R. R. Koford, J. R. Miller.  2007.  Butterfly responses to prairie restoration through fire and grazing.  Biol. Conserv. 140:78–90.
  • Horn, D. J., and R. R. Koford.  2006.  Could the area-sensitivity of some grassland birds be affected by landscape composition? Pages 109-116 in Egan, D, and J. A. Harrington, editors, Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference.  Madison: University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Fletcher, R. J., Jr., R. R. Koford, and D.A. Seaman.  2006.  Critical demographic parameters for declining songbirds breeding in restored grasslands.  J. Wildlife Management 70:145-157.
  • Koford, R. R., and J. A. Fitzgerald.  2005.  Measuring the success of bird conservation plan implementation.  Pp. 68-70 in C. J. Ralph and T. D. Rich, eds., Bird conservation implementation and integration in the Americas:  proceedings of the third international Partners in Flight conference.  U.S.F.S. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191.
  • Jacobs, B., R. R. Koford, F. R. Thompson, III, H. Woodward, M. Hubbard, J. A. Fitzgerald, and J. R. Herkert.  2005.  Grassland bird conservation efforts in Missouri and Iowa:  How will we measure success?  Pp. 78-82 in C. J. Ralph and T. D. Rich, eds., Bird conservation implementation and integration in the Americas:  Proceedings of the third international Partners in Flight conference.  U.S.F.S. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191.
  • Horn, D. J., M. L. Phillips, R. R. Koford, W. R. Clark, M. A. Sovada, and R. J. Greenwood.  2005.  Landscape composition, patch size, and distance to edges:  interactions affecting duck reproductive success.  Ecological Applications 15:1367-1376.
  • Fletcher, R. J., Jr., and R. R. Koford.  2004.  Consequences of rainfall variation for breeding wetland blackbirds.  Can. J. Zool. 82:1316–1325.
Area of Expertise: 
Behavioral Ecology
Education: 
B.S., University of California — Davis, 1970
Ph.D., University of California — Berkeley, 1979
Contact
+1 515 294 3057