Program Manager/Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist
Phone: (928) 556-2161
Fax: (928) 556-2130
Rocky Mountain Station
Southwest Forest Science Complex
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
- Continue as a research scientist.
- Make important contributions to wildlife conservation.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Habitat ecology of neotropical migratory birds (NTMBs) in the Madrean Archipelago.
- Effects of prescribed fire on breeding and wintering birds in the American Southwest.
- Fire effects on bird and small mammal communities.
- Effects of fire risk abatement treatments in the urban-wildland interface on small mammal populations.
REALIZED MAJOR RESEARCH OUTPUTS
- Block, W.M., J.L. Ganey, P.E. Scott, and R. King. 2005. Prey ecology of Mexican spotted owls in pine-oak forests of northern Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:618-629. PDF
- Bock, C.E., and W.M. Block. 2005. Fire and birds in the American Southwest. Studies in Avian Biology 30:14-32. PDF
- Converse, S.J., G.C. White, and W.M. Block. In press. Small mammal responses to thinning and wildfire in ponderosa pine-dominated forests of the southwestern USA. Journal of Wildlife Management.
- Covert-Bratland, K.E., W.M. Block, and T. Theimer. In press. Hairy woodpecker winter ecology in ponderosa pine forests representing different ages since wildfire. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1379-1392. PDF
KEY SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
- Leader, Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Team (1993-Present)
- Member, Terrestrial Mammal Risk Assessment Panel, Tongass National Forest (1996-1997)
- Co-coordinator and co-editor, Ponderosa Pine Songbird Review (1996-1997)
- Editorial Board, Restoration Ecology (1999-2006)
- Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Wildlife Management (2001 to present)
- Member, Lincoln NF Capability Assessment Team (2005)
- Member, Species Diversity Team, R3 Forest Plan Revision Coordination (2005)
OUTCOMES OF PAST RESEARCH, SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS, AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
- Mexican spotted owl recovery plan provides basis for forest management in the Southwest.
- Protocol developed for implementation monitoring of owl habitat is being implemented throughout the Southwest.
- Completion of pine songbird document was part of the settlement in Silver vs. Thomas litigation.
- Risk assessment of FEIS alternatives for the Tongass National Forest plans aided in selection of preferred alternative.
- Research results on habitat relationships, including developing, testing, and validating wildlife habitat models, have provided widely-used management tools.
ANTICIPATED OUTCOME OF CURRENT EFFORTS
- Fine-tune management for spotted owls by managing for their prey as well.
- Understand the effects of habitat isolation on distributions of NTMBs to help in large-scale management planning.
- Document how habitat mosaic influenced by variable fire severity influences vertebrate community structure.
- Provide guidance for the development and implementation of wildlife research and monitoring studies.
- Provide guidance for conserving wildlife populations while conducting fuels reduction treatments.