Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Maine
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Maine Staff Member


Brian Rolek

Brian Rolek

Email: brian.rolek@maine.edu

Education

  • Ph D University of Maine 2019
  • MS Auburn University 2009
  • BS University of Massachusetts 2003

Biography

My research has generally focused on conservation of wildlife. I have published on the effects of climate change on bird communities and habitat association of birds; with a focus on modeling. I am originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania but have since moved to the East Coast of North America to pursue my interests in biology and wildlife. I enjoy everything outdoors. A few of my favorite activities include traveling, hiking, camping, and bird watching.

Research Interest

I am currently working towards my Ph.D. with the USGS Cooperative Unit at the University of Maine. My research investigates the influence of forestry management practices in New England on diversity and composition of bird communities at multiple scales. I will also focus on species of concern that may be affected by these management practices.

Research Publications Publication Date
Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2018. Regenerating clearcuts combined with postharvest forestry treatments promote habitat for breeding and post-breeding spruce-fir avian assemblages in the Atlantic Northern Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 392-413. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.05.068 2018-11-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Rolek, B.W., D.J. Harrison, M.Hartley, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2016. Long-term effects of four silvicultural treatments on spruce-fir avian communities. Presentation at the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, D.C. 2016-08-16
Rolek, B.W., D.J. Harrison, D.W. Linden, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2016. Long-term effects of forest harvesting on spruce-fir avian communities. Presented at the 2016 North America Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison,WI, 17-20 July. 2016-07-17
Rolek, B.W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2017. Regenerating clearcuts and post-harvest treatments increase spruce-fir avian assemblages and richness in managed stands. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, NM, 23-27 September. 2017-09-23
Rolek, B.W., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2017. Workshop on spruce-fir birds, management, and habitat associations. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hadley, MA. 12 January. 2017-01-12
Rolek, B.W., C.S. Loftin, D.Harrison, and P.B.Wood. 2015. Effects of forrest management on avian abundance in spruce-fir forests of new England. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Wells Common, Orono, ME, 25 March. 2015-03-25
Rolek, B.W., C. Loftin, D. Harrison, and P. Wood. 2016. Softwood Forest Birds and Silviculture in Northern New England. Annual Meeting of the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Coordinating Committee Meeting, Orono, ME. 23 March. Poster. 2016-03-23
Rolek, B.W., C. Loftin, D. Harrison, and P. Wood. 2016. Softwood Forest Birds and Silviculture in Northern New England. Annual Meeting of the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Coordinating Committee Meeting, Orono, ME. 23 March. 2016-03-23
Rolek, B.W., C. Loftin, D. Harrison, and P. Wood. 2015. Methods, Data, Analysis, and Future Directions of the Northern New England Forest Birds Project. USFWS Migratory Bird Division. Hadley, MA, USA. 8 October. 2015-10-08
Rolek, B., C.S. Loftin, D. Harrison, and P.B. Wood. 2014. The influence of silviculture on New England bird communities in northern coniferous forests. Presentation at the 70th Annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, April 13-15, Portland, ME. 2014-04-13
Rolek, B., C. Loftin, D. Harrison, P. Wood. 2015. Bay-breasted Warbler abundance and associations with forest management and vegetation in northern New England coniferous forests. Presentation at the Joint meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists, Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and the Wilson Ornithological Society, 15-19 July, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. 2015-07-15
Loman, Z., W. Deluca, D.Harrison, C. Loftin, B. Rolek, and P.B.Wood. Identifying error in forest landscape capability models. 136th American Ornithological Society Meeting, 9-14 April, Tucson, AZ. 2018-04-15
Harrison, D. J., B. W. Rolek, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2017. Effects of forest management practices in Acadian conifer forests on spruce-fir bird communities. Presentation to Irving Corporation Wildlife Biologists and Foresters and to the New Brunswick Forest Research Advisory Committee Advisory, Sainte Anne de Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada, 30 May. 2017-05-30
Harrison, D. J., B. W. Rolek, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2017. Effects of forest management practices in Acadian conifer forests on forest bird communities, with emphasis on species of conservation priority. Presentation to Advisory Committee of Maine Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, Orono, Maine. 12 April. 2017-04-12
Technical Publications Publication Date
Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp. 2016-12-31
Rolek, B. W., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2018. Influence of harvest treatments, vegetation, and edges on abundance of breeding spruce-fir avian species in regenerating forested stands. USGS annual report. West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. 2018-12-31
Rolek, B. W., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2018. Influence of harvest treatments, vegetation, and edges on abundance of breeding spruce-fir avian species in regenerating forested stands. USGS annual report. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. 2018-12-31