Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service
Cooperative Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri Columbia
Frank Thompson is a Senior ST Research Wildlife Biologist with the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, and Cooperative Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, at the University of Missouri Columbia. Frank holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, from Rutgers University, an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Missouri Columbia. Frank is a member and Fellow of The Wildlife Society and American Ornithological Society. For over 30 years, Frank has worked to discover and develop information needed for conservation strategies for birds and other wildlife. His primary focus is to determine the effects of selected land use practices on birds, determine population demographics and identify factors regulating populations, and to determine factors affecting nest predation and brood parasitism. This information is used in landscape and habitat modeling to assist with conservation planning at landscape and ecoregional-scales. He works with a wide variety of forest, woodland, and grassland birds that include nongame and game birds. He is very interested in the development of tools and technologies to assist conservation planners and managers in planning wildlife conservation at large spatial scales to address contemporary issues such as land use change and climate change.