Postdoctoral Associatedlapuma@udel.edu / 208A Stock Pavilion / 1675 Linden Drive / Madison, WI 53706 Education 2012 – Present: Visiting Scientist, SILVIS Lab, University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI
2012: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Delaware. Newark, DE.
2010 – 2011: Postdoctoral Associate, New Jersey Audubon Society. Cape May, NJ.
2010: Ph.D., Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ.
1997: B.A., Environmental Studies, Ithaca College. Ithaca, NY.
I’m currently a visiting post doc in the SILVIS Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
My research interests lie at the interface between avian ecology and applied conservation biology. I’m most interested in how species exist in dynamic landscapes such as fire-prone ecosystems, and along seasonal passages such as trans-continental migration. Migration carries with it many perils while clearly also providing unparalleled benefits; the balance of such tradeoffs is likely influenced by the quality of stopover habitat en route. My current research aims to quantify such stopover habitat using remotely sensed NEXRAD weather radar and to develop spatial models of stopover habitat for the Southeastern region of the United States. Ultimately this research will provide guidance to conservation entities in order to identify and protect important bird areas.
In my spare time I manage a website where I attempt to forecast birding conditions in the Upper Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions using radar and weather data. Come visit me over at www.woodcreeper.com and watch the action unfold before your eyes!
When I’m not working I enjoy being outdoors with my wife and two daughters, hiking, camping, and watching birds.
Baiser, B.H., Lockwood, J.L., La Puma, D.A., and Aronson, M.F., 2008. A Perfect Storm: Two Ecosystem Engineers Interact to Degrade Deciduous Forests of New Jersey. Biological Invasions 10 (6), 785-795. PDF Abstract
La Puma, D.A., Lockwood, J.L., Davis, M.J., 2007. Endangered species management requires a new look at the benefit of fire: The Cape Sable seaside sparrow in the Everglades ecosystem. Biological Conservation 136, 398-407. PDF Abstract