Associate Professor

226 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: (608) 263-0853
Fax: (608) 262-9922

Email: bzuckerberg[at]wisc[dot]edu


Modern climate change and habitat loss

Research Interests

Modern climate change and habitat loss are two of the most pressing environmental forces shaping ecological systems throughout the world. I am interested in how these forces drive changes in the wildlife behavior, abundance, and distribution. In doing so, my research focuses on the use of citizen science (monitoring projects dependent on networks of volunteer participants) to test ecological hypotheses at multiple scales ranging from local studies to national analyses. My primary interest is in working with bird populations, but I have collaborated on projects studying other taxa as well. Ultimately, my goal is to have my research play a central role in natural resource management and climate change adaptation.


Degree Institution Major Field Granted


Connecticut College




University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation



State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry




Professional Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor; Michigan State University

Affiliate; Center for Climate Research (UW-Madison)

Member; Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)

Co-Chair; Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Wildlife Research Working Group


Journal Articles

Zuckerberg, B., A. Desrochers, W. M. Hochachka, D. Fink, W. D. Koenig, and J. L. Dickinson.  2012. Overlapping landscapes: A persistent, but misdirected concern when collecting and analyzing ecological data. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(5):1072–1080. Link

Ma, Z., B. Zuckerberg, W.F. Porter, and L. Zhang. 2012. Spatial Poisson models for examining the influence of climate and land cover pattern on bird species richness.  Forest Science 58(1): 61-74. Link

Ma, Z., B. Zuckerberg, W.F. Porter, and L. Zhang. 2012. Use of localized descriptive statistics for exploring the spatial pattern changes of bird species richness at multiple spatial scales. Applied Geography, 32: 185-194. Link

Jones, G.M., B. Zuckerberg, and A. Paulios. 2012. The early bird gets earlier: a phenological shift in migration timing of the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) in the state of Wisconsin. Passenger Pigeon 74(2): 131-142.

Zuckerberg, B., D. N. Bonter, W. M. Hochachka, W. D. Koenig, A. T. DeGaetano, and J. L. Dickinson. 2011. Climatic constraints on wintering bird distributions are modified by urbanization and weather. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80(2): 403-413. Link

Carling, M.D. and B. Zuckerberg. 2011. Spatiotemporal changes in the genetic structure of the Passerina bunting hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology, 20:1166-1175. Link

Savoca, M.S., D. N. Bonter, B. Zuckerberg, J. L. Dickinson, and J. C. Ellis. 2011. Nesting density an important factor affecting chick growth and survival in the Herring Gull (Larus argentatus). Condor 113(3): 565-571. Link

Zuckerberg, B. and W.F. Porter. 2010. Thresholds in the long–term responses of breeding birds to forest cover and fragmentation. Biological Conservation, 143: 952–962. Link

Dickinson, J.L., B. Zuckerberg, and D.N. Bonter. 2010. Citizen science as an ecological research tool: Challenges and benefits. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 41: 149-72. Link

Bonter, D. N., B.Zuckerberg, and J. L. Dickinson. 2010. Invasive birds in a novel landscape: habitat associations and effects on established species.  Ecography, 33: 494–502. Link

Fink, D., W.M. Hochachka, B. Zuckerberg, D.W. Winkler, B. Shaby, M. A. Munson, G. Hooker, M. Riedewald, D. Sheldon, and S. Kelling. 2010. Spatiotemporal exploratory models for broad–scale survey data. Ecological Applications, 20(8): 2131-2147. Link

Koenig, W.D., W.M. Hochachka, B. Zuckerberg, and J.L. Dickinson. 2010. Ecological determinants of American crow mortality due to West Nile virus during its North American sweep.  Oecologia, 163(4):903–909. Link

Milder, J.C., F.J. DeClerk, A. Sanfiorenzo, D.M. Sanchez, D.E. Tobar, and B. Zuckerberg. 2010. Effects of farm and landscape management on bird and butterfly conservation in western Honduras.  Ecosphere 1(1). Link

Zuckerberg, B., A.Woods, and W. F. Porter. 2009. Poleward shifts in breeding bird distributions in New York State. Global Change Biology, 15: 1866–1883. Link

Zuckerberg, B., W.F. Porter, K. Corwin. 2009. The consistency and stability of abundance–occupancy relationships in large–scale population dynamics.  Journal of Animal Ecology, 78: 172–181. Link

Koenig, W. D., J. M. H. Knops, J. L. Dickinson, and B. Zuckerberg. 2009. Latitudinal decrease in acorn size in bur oak (Quercus macrocarp) is due to environmental constraints, not avian dispersal. Botany, 87: 349–356. Link

Zuckerberg, B.  Overcoming analysis paralysis. 2008. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9(6): 505. Link

Signell, S., B. Zuckerberg, S. McNulty  and W. F. Porter. 2008. Development of an Adirondack Ecosystems Model. Adirondack Journal of Environmental Sciences, 15: 13–17. Link

Askins, R. A., B. Zuckerberg, and L. Novak. 2007. Do the size and landscape context of forest openings influence the abundance and breeding success of shrubland songbirds in Southern New England?  Forest Ecology and Management, 250(3): 137–147. Link

Zuckerberg, B., and P. D. Vickery. 2006. Grassland restoration on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts: early effects of mowing and burning on shrubland and grassland passerines.  The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 118(3): 353–363. Link

Vickery, P. D., B. Zuckerberg, A. L. Jones, W. G. Shriver, and A. P. Weik. 2005. Influence of fire and other anthropogenic practices on grassland and shrubland birds in New England. Studies in Avian Biology, 30:139–146. Link

Books and Book Chapters

Zuckerberg, B. and K. McGarigal. 2012. Widening the circle of investigation: The interface between citizen science and landscape ecology. Pages 114-124 in Citizen Science: Public Collaboration in Environmental Research. Editors, J.L. Dickinson and R. Bonney. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY. Link

Hochachka, W.M., D. Fink, and B. Zuckerberg. 2012. Use of citizen science monitoring for pattern discovery and biological inference. Pages 460-480  in Design and Analysis of Long–term Ecological Monitoring Studies. Editors, R. A. Gitzen, J. J. Millspaugh, A. B. Cooper, and D. S. Licht.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. Link

Zuckerberg, B., F. Huettman, and J. L. Frair. 2011. Proper data management as a scientific foundation for reliable species distribution modeling. Pages 45-70 in Predictive species and habitat modeling in landscape ecology: concepts and applications. Editors, C.A. Drew, Y.F. Wiersma, and F. Huettman. Springer Verlag, NY. Link

McComb, B.C., B. Zuckerberg, C. Jordan, and D. Vesley. 2010. Monitoring Animal Populations and Their Habitats: A Practitioner’s Guide.  Taylor–Francis CRC Press. Link

McGowan, K., and B. Zuckerberg. 2008. Summary of Results in The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Editors, K.J. McGowan and K.J. Corwin. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY. Link

Vesely, D., B.C. McComb, C.D. Vojta, L.H. Suring, J. Halaj, R.S. Holthausen,  B. Zuckerberg, P.M. Manley. 2006. Development of Protocols to Inventory or Monitor Wildlife, Fish, or Rare Plants. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO–72. Washington, DC: U.S. Depart. of Agriculture, Forest Service. 100 p. Link

In Review

Zuckerberg B., M.D. Carling, A.K. Townsend, R. Dor, E.D. Ferree, G.M. Spellman. Relationships between habitat fragmentation and within-population genetic diversity of three forest-dwelling birds.

Sadoti, G., B. Zuckerberg, M. Jarzyna, and W.F. Porter. Applying occupancy estimation and modeling to the analysis of atlas data.

Bonter, D.N., B. Zuckerberg, C. W. Sedgwick, W. M. Hochachka. A tradeoff between starvation and predation risks in bird foraging behavior?

Jarzyna, M., A., B. Zuckerberg, and W.F. Porter. Climate change and wildlife. Pages xx-xx in Wildlife management and conservation: contemporary principles and practices. Editors, Krausman, P. R., and Cain, J. W. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Kujala, H., V. Vepsalainin, B. Zuckerberg, and J. Brommer. Range margin shifts of birds revisited–the role of spatiotemporally varying survey effort.

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