Deborah Finch

Project Leader
Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist

B.S. Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, 1978
M.S. Zoology & Physiology, Arizona State University, 1981
Ph.D., Zoology, Range Minor, University of Wyoming, 1987
email: dfinch@fs.fed.us


Narrative Biography:

I have been a research wildlife biologist employed by the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station since 1978. I was detailed to our Washington Office to coordinate Forest Service efforts in the Partners in Flight (Neotropical migratory birds) program in 1991 and 1992. From 1992-3, I coordinated an information exchange and Mexican intern program involving private and government organizations in Mexico. During my career, I have worked on various research projects in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, California, and Mexico. I assumed the position of Project Leader for RM-RWU-4351 in Albuquerque, NM in 1993 and team leader for RM-RWU-4652 in 1994.

Our two interdisciplinary programs of research focus on wildlife habitat relationships, biological diversity, and sustainability of grassland and riparian ecosystems, evaluating vertebrate and plant responses to land use activities such as range, fire, and restoration management. Unit scientists conduct research on restoration methods, fire ecology, invasive exotic plants, wildlife ecology, threatened and endangered species, neotropical migratory birds, and habitat use in temperate and tropical environments. I am professionally active in Cooper Ornithological Society, The Wildlife Society, Ecological Society of America, American Ornithologists' Union, Society for Conservation Biologists. Since 1998, I have served as Leader of the Technical Recovery Team for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.

Personal Interests:

My personal research focuses on the ecology and conservation of Endangered, endemic, and migratory bird species and biological diversity in riparian and desert ecosystems of the Southwest.

Current personal and collaborative research include studies of stopover habitat use and ecology of Neotropical migratory landbirds during spring and fall migration (see Jeff Kelly for more information) and studies of migration and breeding of the southwestern willow flycatcher (see Scott Stoleson for more information). I am also starting a new study on wildlife responses to exotic salt cedar (Tamarisk spp.) and fuels reduction treatments involving salt cedar manipulation in the Middle Rio Grande Basin.


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Selected Publications

Finch, D. M. 1984. Parental expenditure of time and energy in the Abert's Towhee (Pipilo aberti). Auk 101:473-486.

Finch, D. M. 1989. Habitat use and habitat overlap of riparian birds in three elevational zones. Ecology 70:866-880.

Finch, D.M. 1990. Effects of predation and competitor interference on nesting success of House Wrens and Tree Swallows. Condor 92:674-687.

Finch, D. M. 1991. Positive associations among riparian bird species correspond to elevational changes in plant communities. Canadian Journal of Zoology 69:951-963.

Finch, D.M. and L.F. Ruggiero. 1993. Wildlife habitats and biological diversity in the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains. Natural Areas Journal 12:191-203.

Martin, T. and D. Finch, eds. 1995. Ecology and Management of Neotropical Migratory Birds. A synthesis and review of critical issues. Oxford University Press, NY. 489 pp.

Yong, W. and D.M. Finch. 1997. Migration of the willow flycatcher along the middle Rio Grande. Wilson Bulletin 109:253-268.

Yong, W., D.M. Finch, F.R. Moore, and J.F. Kelly. 1998. Stopover ecology and habitat use of migratory Wilson's Warblers. Auk 115:829-842.

Garcia, S., D.M. Finch, and G. Chavez Leon. 1998. Patterns of forest use and endemism in resident bird communities of north-central Michoacan, Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management 110:151-171.

Finch, D.M., and W. Yong. 2000. Landbird migration in riparian habitats of the Middle Rio Grande: A case study. Studies in Avian Biology 20:88-98.

Selected Technology Transfer

Finch, D.M. 1991. Population ecology, habitat requirements, and conservation of neotropical migratory birds. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. General Technical Report 205. 26pp.

Finch, D. M. 1992. Threatened, endangered, and vulnerable species of terrestrial vertebrates of the Rocky Mountain Region. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. General Technical Report RM-215. 38pp.

Finch, Deborah M. and P. Stangel, editors. 1993. Status and Management of Neotropical Migratory Birds. Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO. General Technical Report RM-

Shaw, D.W. and D.M. Finch, eds. 1996. Desired future conditions for Southwestern riparian ecosystems: Bringing Interests and Concerns Together. Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO. General Technical Report RM-272. 359 pp.

Block, W.M. and D.M. Finch, eds. 1997. Songbird ecology in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-292. 152 pp. (Blind Review by TWS, AOU, COS).

Finch, D.M., J.C. Whitney, J.F. Kelly, and S.R. Loftin, eds. 1999. Rio Grande Ecosystems: Linking Land, Water, and People. Rocky Mountain Research Station, Proceedings RMRS-P-7. 245 pp.