Lab Focus

My research involves meshing field research with theoretical models to address critical questions in ecology and conservation biology. I believe that ecological theory will be strengthened if it is forced to help solve real-world problems, and that conservation biology involves difficult choices that demand quantitative approaches.

Research Areas


Selected Recent Publications *

  • Bewick, S., F. Agusto, J. M. Calabrese, E. J. Muturi, and W.F. Fagan. 2016. Epidemiology of La Crosse virus encephalitis emergence, Appalachia Region, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases. In press.
  • Teitelbaum, C., S. Converse, W.F. Fagan, K. Boehning-Gaese, R. O’Hara, A. Lacey, and T. Mueller. 2016. Experience drives innovation of new migration patterns of whooping cranes in response to global change. Nature Communications. 7:12793 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12793
  • Bewick, S., R.S. Cantrell, C. Cosner, and W.F. Fagan. 2016. How resource phenology affects consumer population dynamics. American Naturalist, 187: 151-166.
  • Foss-Grant, A. P., E. F. Zipkin, J.T. Thorson, O. P. Jensen, and W.F. Fagan. 2016. Hierarchical analysis of phylogenetic variation in intraspecific competition across fish species. Ecology, 97:1724-1734.
  • Teitelbaum, C., W.F. Fagan, C.H. Fleming, G. Dressler, J.M. Calabrese, P. Leimgruber, and T. Mueller. 2015. How far to go? Determinants of migration distance of land mammals. Ecology Letters. 18: 545-552. (Cover Article)
  • Che-Castaldo, C., C. Crisafulli, J.M. Bishop, and W.F. Fagan. 2015. What causes female bias in the secondary sex-ratios of the dioecious woody shrub Salix sitchensis colonizing a primary successional landscape? American Journal of Botany. 102: 1309-1322.
  • Zeigler, S. and W.F. Fagan. 2014. Transient windows for connectivity in a changing world. Movement Ecology. 2: 1.
  • Martinson, H.M. and W.F. Fagan. 2014. How habitat fragmentation alters the intensity of trophic interactions: a meta-analysis of trophic disruption in arthropod food webs. Ecology Letters. 17: 1178-1189.
  • Fleming, C.H., J.M. Calabrese, T. Mueller, K.A. Olson, P. Leimgruber, and W.F. Fagan. 2014. From fine-scale foraging to home ranges: A semi-variance approach to identifying movement modes across spatiotemporal scales. American Naturalist. E154-E167.
  • Mueller,, T., R. O'Hara, R. Urbanek, S. Converse, and W. F. Fagan. 2013. Social learning and migratory performance. Science. doi/10.1126/science.1237139. (Cover Article)
  • Fagan, W.F., M. A. Lewis, M. Auger-Méthé, T. Avgar, S. Benhamou, G. Breed, L. LaDage, U. Schlägel, W. Tang, Y. Papastamatiou, J. Forester, and T. Mueller. 2013. Spatial memory and animal movement. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12165
  • Fagan, W.F., Y. Pearson, E. Larsen, J.B. Turner, H.J. Lynch, H.Staver, J. Turner, A. E. Noble, S. Bewick, and E. Goldberg. 2013. Phylogenetic prediction of the maximum per capita rate of population growth. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. 280: 20130523
  • Berbert, J.M., and W.F. Fagan. 2012. How the interplay between individual spatial memory and landscape persistence can generate population distribution patterns. Ecological Complexity. 12: 1-12.
  • Lynch, H.J., R. Naveen, P.N. Trathan, W.F. Fagan. 2012. Spatially integrated assessment reveals widespread changes in penguin populations on the Antarctic Peninsula. Ecology 93:1367-1377.


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Research crew at work Cave Millipede Gazelle Calf in Mongolia Lab members caving in WVA Willow Borer Hybrid Towhee