Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Michigan
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Michigan Research Activities


Coyotes are important predators along an urban to rural gradient

The Michigan Unit studies a number of different topics including wildlife response to forest management, the impacts of human development on wildlife communities, and the effects of wetlands management on reptile and mammal populations.

Project Completion Date
Evaluating outcomes of oak forest management on Southern Michigan State Game Areas. December 2028
Beaver response to non-lethal water control structures December 2026
WildSNaP: Biodiversity in Solar through Native Planting July 2026
Project Snapshot: USA December 2025
Research Publications Publication Date
Veon, J.T., E. Lassiter, E. Johansson, M. Shaw, L. McTgue, R. Gibson, A. Massey, and B.A. DeGregorio. 2023. Influence of Human Development and Predator Abundance on Virginia Opossum Occupancy, Abundance, and Activity Patterns. Journal of Zoology. doi:10.1111/jzo.13111 | Abstract | Download August 2023
Veon, J.T., D.G. Krementz, L.W. Naylor, B.A. DeGregorio. 2023. Effects of landscape composition on winter mallard (Anas platyrhnchos) body condition in Eastern Arkansas. Journal of Wildlife Management | Abstract | Download November 2023
McTigue, L.E., E.V. Lassiter, M. Shaw, E. Johansson, K. Wilson, and B.A. DeGregorio. Does daily activity overlap of mesocarnivores vary with human development? PLoS One. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0288477 | Abstract | Download January 2024
McTigue, L. and B.A. DeGregorio. In Review. Effects of Landcover on Mesocarnivore Density Along an Urban to Rural Gradient. Global Ecology and Conservation. | Abstract | Download November 2023
Johansson, E.P., and B.A. DeGregorio. 2023. The Effects of Landscape and Yard Features on Mammal Diversity in Residential Yards. Urban Ecosystems. | Abstract | Download October 2023
DeGregorio, B.A., M. McElroy, and E.P. Johansson. 2023. Occupancy and Activity Patterns of Nine-Banded Armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) in a Suburban Environment. Diversity 15: https://doi.org/10.3390/d15080907. | Download July 2023
Presentations Presentation Date
Wolff, P., J. Sperry, P. Hart, H. Klinck, J. Mortensen, and B. DeGregorio. 2023. Evaluating an Automated, Real-time Acoustic Monitoring System for Detecting Vocalizations of DoD Mission-Sensitive Species. SERDP-ESTCP Annual Symposium. November 2023
Wilson, K., C. Roberts, and B.A. DeGregorio. Effects of relative hog abundance on the occupancy and community composition of breeding birds. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. November 2023
Wilson K, DeGregorio BA, Roberts CP, Chiavacci S. 2024. Effects of relative hog abundance on the occupancy and community composition of birds. Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas.
March 2024
Vertebrates in Trade that Pose High Invasion Risk to the United States. Brett DeGregorio, Wesley Daniel, Helen Sofaer, Catherine Jarnevich, Richard Erickson, Peder Engelstad, Jonathan Freedman, and Deah Lieurance. Michigan Chapter of the Wildlife Society. April 2024
Shaw, M., B.A. DeGregorio, and C.R. Roberts. Plains Spotted Skunk Distribution and Habitat Associations in the Great Plains. Oral Presentation. November 2023
L.E. McTigue and B.A. DeGregorio. Does daily activity overlap of three mesocarnivores vary based on human development? Animal Behavioral Society Annual Conference. July 2023
Donahue, E.R., A.J. Worm, B.A. DeGregorio, L.A. Neuman-Lee, and T.J. Boves. Investigating the prevalence and effects of agricultural toxins in Loggerhead Shrikes in Arkansas, USA. American Ornithological Society Annual Conference. August 2023
Donahue, E.R., A.J. Worm, B.A. DeGregorio, L.A. Neuman-Lee, and T.J. Boves. 2024. Investigating the prevalence and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides in a songbird, the Loggerhead Shrike in Arkansas. Oral Presentation. Association of Southeastern Biologists. March 2024
DeGregorio, B.A. 2024. Armadillos are coming: Why we should care. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Annual Meeting. March 2024
Berry LL, DeGregorio BA, Uden DR, Roberts CP. 2024. Grassland bird occupancy responses to two new spatial early warning signals of state transitions: testing spatial variance and spatial covariance. Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas. March 2024
Type Citation Publication Date
Data Release McTigue, L. and B.A. DeGregorio. Nine Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) Occupancy and Density Along an Urban to Rural Gradient. November 2023
Data Release McTigue, L. and B.A. DeGregorio. Density of five mesocarnivores along an urban to rural gradient in northwest Arkansas. Dryad. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.47d7wm3kc June 2023
Data Release Johansson, E.P. and B.A. DeGregorio. Mammalian Camera Trap Data: Northwest Arkansas. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.kd51c5bb6 August 2023