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Dr. David Aborn
Biology, Geology and Environmental Science
Ph.D. - University of Southern Mississippi
  232F Holt

Research Interests

My primary interests are in bird migration, especially stopover biology, the process and consequences of habitat selection, and the effect of urbanization on bird populations.


Grants/Projects Since 2009

My 3 main research projects are studying the suitability of urban greenspaces as stopover sites, the overwintering biology of Sandhill Cranes, and the breeding biology of Tree Swallows.

M. N. Vitousek, D. R. Ardia, D. A. Aborn, and A. Rose. 2015. Coping with stress: integrating hormones, behavior, phenotypic damage, and fitness, National Science Foundation. $498,891.

D. A. Aborn. 2014. Post-fledging movement and survival of Cerulean Warblers in the Tennessee River Gorge, Tennessee River Gorge Trust. $40,000

D. A. Aborn. 2013. Population dynamics of Northern Saw-whet Owls in the Southern Appalachians, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. $7,000


Publications Since 2009

Wade, M. L., and D. A. Aborn. In Press. A Study of Avian Nest Predation at Audubon Acres in Chattanooga, TN. The Migrant.

Hudson, A. B. and D. A. Aborn. In Review. Seasonal Correlations Between Kudzu and Avian Species Diversity and Relative Abundance in Southeast Tennessee. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

Aborn, D. A. 2010. Possible competition between waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Tennessee.  Proceedings of the North American Crane Workshop 11: 15-21.

Aborn, D. A. 2010. Behavior and habitat use of greater Sandhill Cranes in east Tennessee.  Proceedings of the North American Crane Workshop 11: 9-14.


Technical Reports Since 2009

Van Horn, K., T. White, W. Akins, J. Barzen, A. Lacey, T. Cooper, S. Kelly, R. Urbanek, D. Holm, D. Sherman, D. A. Aborn, J. Suckow, and K. Cleveland. 2010. Management plan for the eastern population of Sandhill Cranes. Prepared for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.