Aeroecology is an emerging discipline focused on understanding the ecological function and biological importance of organisms that rely on the aerosphere for critical aspects of their life history. Studying behavior and movement of animals, such as birds, bats, and flying arthropods, in the aerosphere presents considerable challenges, requiring creative integration of novel technological solutions for data acquisition and analysis with sound scientific research. Remote sensing tools, such as NEXRAD Doppler radar, offer considerable promise for investigating aeroecological processes and dynamics at broad spatial and temporal scales. I currently collaborate with Dr. Phillip Chilson at the School of Meteorology at University of Oklahoma, and Jeff Kelly in the Dept of Zoology at University of Oklahoma on various aspects of aeroecological research. This work is funded the California Institute for Energy and the Environment and previously funded by NSF’s Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Kelly, J.F., E.S. Bridge, W.F. Frick, and P.B. Chilson. 2013. Ecological energetics of an abundant aerial insectivore, the purple martin. PLoS ONE 8:e76616.
Frick, W.F., P.B. Chilson, E.S. Bridge, N.W. Fuller and T.H. Kunz. 2013. Aeroecology. Pages 149-168 in Bat Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation. R.A. Adams and S.C. Pedersen, editors. Springer, New York.
Chilson, P.B., W.F. Frick, P. Stepanian, J.R. Shipley, T.H. Kunz, and J.F. Kelly. 2012. Estimating animal densities in the aerosphere using weather radar: To Z or not to Z? Ecosphere 3(8) Article 72.
Frick, W.F., P.M. Stepanian, J.F. Kelly, K.W. Howard, C.M. Kuster, T.H. Kunz, and P.B. Chilson. 2012. Influence of climate and weather on emergence behavior of bats. PLoS ONE 7(8) e42737.
Chilson, P.B., E. Bridge, W.F. Frick, J.W. Chapman, and J.F. Kelly. 2012. Radar aeroecology: exploring the movements of aerial fauna through radio-wave remote sensing. Biology Letters 8:698-701.
Kelly, J.F. J.R. Shipley, P.B. Chilson, K. Howard, W.F. Frick, and T.H. Kunz. 2012. Quantifying animal phenology in the aerosphere at a continental scale using NEXRAD weather radars. Ecosphere 3(2): Article 16.
Chilson, P.B., W.F. Frick, K.W. Howard, J.F. Kelly, T.A. Kelly, R.H. Diehl, R.P. Larkin, J.K.Westbrook and T.H. Kunz. 2012. Partly cloudy with a chance of migration: Weather, Radars and Aeroecology. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93:1-19.