Ross Conover photo Dr. Ross R. Conover
Assistant Professor of Biology, Science and Mathematics Department
302C Science Hall
304-462-6313
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Education

Ph.D., Animal Ecology - Iowa State University; 2009
M.S., Biology - Mississippi State University; 2005
B.S., Environmental Science (Wildlife) - Unity College in Maine; 2000

Courses Taught

General Biology
Ecology & Field Biology
Herpetology
Botany
Senior Seminar
Vertebrate Zoology
Ornithology

Current Professional Organizations

The Wildlife Society
West Virginia Academy of Science
American Ornithologists' Union
Chi Beta Phi
Ecological Society of America
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
Brooks' Bird Club

Publications

Conover, R.R., S.J. Dinsmore, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2011. Effects of conservation practices on bird nest density and survival in intensive agriculture. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 141:126-132.

Conover, R.R., E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2011. Grassland bird nest ecology and survival in upland habitat buffers near wooded edges. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:353-361.

Conover, R.R., L.W. Burger Jr., and E.T. Linder. 2009. Breeding bird response to field border presence and width. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:548-555.

Conover, R.R. and E.T. Linder. 2009. Mud track plots: an economical, noninvasive mammal survey technique. Southeastern Naturalist 8:437-444.

Dinsmore, S.J., L.W. Burger Jr., and R.R. Conover. 2008. Benefits of a buffer-based conservation management system for bobwhite and grassland songbirds in an intensive production agriculture landscape in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Pp. 33-53 in "Managing working lands for northern bobwhite: The USDA-NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project" (Editors, L.W. Burger Jr., K.O. Evans). USDA/NRCS/AWCS-2008.

Conover, R.R., L.W. Burger Jr., and E.T. Linder. 2007. Winter avian community and sparrow response to field border width. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1917-1923.

Conover, R.R., E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2006. Effects of herbaceous field borders on farmland birds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. USDA/NRCS/AWCC Technical Note no. 190-51, July 2006. Cook, T., G.L. Pollan, H.W. Cobb, E. Linder, W. Burger, and R. Conover. 2004. Establishing native warm season grass and legume buffers for water quality and wildlife habitat enhancement in agricultural landscapes. USDA/NRCS/WHMI-2004.

Presentations

Conover, R.R. 2012. Demographic responses of the Dickcissel in early succession management practices in Mississippi. North American Ornithological Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Conover, R.R. 2012. Torres del Paine: Backpacking and biology. Chi Beta Phi, Glenville State College, Glenville, WV (Invited Seminar)

Conover, R.R. 2010. Holding hope for Hawaiian honeycreepers. Chi Beta Phi, Glenville State College, Glenville, WV (Invited Seminar)

Conover, R.R., S.J. Dinsmore, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2008. Avian reproduction in managed habitats amongst intensive agriculture: making room for success? AOU/COS/CSO Joint Conference, Portland, OR (Seminar)

Conover, R.R., S.J. Dinsmore, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2007. Dickcissel nest ecology in an agricultural landscape. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Tuscon, AZ (Seminar)

Conover, S.J. Dinsmore, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2006. Grassland bird nesting ecology in linear vs. block early succession habitat. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK (Poster)

Conover, S.J. Dinsmore, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2005. Songbird and Northern Bobwhite use of early-successional habitat in an agricultural matrix. Southeast Quail Study Group Annual Meeting, Kentucky Dam Village, KY (Poster)

Conover, E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2005. Trivial changes and feeding ranges: can slight width increases improve foraging opportunities adjacent to linear habitats?, Cooper Ornithological Society Conference, Humboldt State, CA (Seminar)

Conover, E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2004. Grassland breeding birds and herbaceous field borders: Living on the edges. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta (Seminar)

Conover, E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2004. Effect of herbaceous field borders on avian community structure and reproductive success. Department of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS (Seminar)

Conover, E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2004. Avian productivity and nesting success in herbaceous linear habitat: Is there a minimum width? Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Georgia Technological University, Atlanta, GA (Seminar)

Conover, E.T. Linder, and L.W. Burger Jr. 2003. Effects of field borders on breeding and wintering avian communities. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Savannah, GA (Poster)