Peer-reviewed Publications


Rivers, J. W., S. M. Galbraith, J. H. Cane, C. B. Schultz, M. D. Ulyshen, and U. G. Kormann. 2018. A review of research needs for pollinators in managed conifer forests. Journal of Forestry 116:563-572. PDF


Rivers, J. W., C. L. Mathis, A. R. Moldenke, and M. G. Betts. 2018. Wild bee diversity is enhanced by experimental removal of timber harvest residue within intensively managed conifer forest. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 10:766-781. PDF


Northrup, J. M., J. W. Rivers, S. K. Nelson, D. D. Roby, and M. G. Betts. 2018. Assessing the utility of satellite transmitters for identifying nest locations and foraging behavior of the threatened Marbled Murrelet. Marine Ornithology 46:47-55. PDF


Hardt, B. M., D. R. Ardia, M. J. Bashaw, and J. W. Rivers. 2018. Experimental brood enlargement differentially influences corticosterone expression in sympatric, ecologically similar songbirds. Functional Ecology 32:xx-xx. PDF


Barry, A. M., J. C. Hagar, and J. W. Rivers. 2018. Use of created snags by cavity-nesting birds across 25 years. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:1376-1384. PDF 


Jones, K. M., J. W. Rivers, and M. G. Betts. 2018. Herbicides exert weak and variable effects on microclimate in early-seral forests. Northwest Science 92:107-118. PDF


Peer, B. D., J. W. Rivers, L. Merrill, S. K. Robinson, and S. I. Rothstein. 2018. The Brown-headed Cowbird: a model species for testing novel research questions in animal ecology, evolution and behavior. Pp. 161-187 in Avian brood parasitism: behavior, ecology, evolution, and coevolution (M. Soler, editor). Springer. PDF  


Rivers, J. W., G. N. Newberry, C. J. Schwarz, and D. R. Ardia. 2017. Success despite the stress: violet-green swallows increase glucocorticoids and maintain reproductive output despite experimental increases in flight costs. Functional Ecology 31:235-244. PDF


Rivers, J. W., J. L. Houtz, B. M. Horton, and M. G. Betts. 2017. No evidence for a link between forest herbicides and offspring sex ratio in a migratory songbird using high-throughput molecular sexing. Conservation Physiology 5, cox054. PDF


Barry, A. M., J. C. Hagar, and J. W. Rivers. 2017. Long-term dynamics and characteristics of snags created for wildlife habitat. Forest Ecology and Management 403:145-151. PDF


Rivers, J. W., and B. D. Peer. 2016.  Relatedness constrains virulence in an obligate avian brood parasites. Ornithological Science 15:191-201. PDF


Liu, W.-C., J. W. Rivers, and D. J. White. 2016. Vocal matching and intensity of begging calls are associated with a forebrain song circuit in a generalist brood parasite. Developmental Neurobiology 76:615-625. PDF



Rivers, J. W., M. Johnson, S. M. Haig, C. J. Schwarz, J. Burnett, J. Brandt, D. George, and J. Grantham. 2014. An analysis of monthly home range size in the critically endangered California Condor. Bird Conservation International 24:492-504.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., M. A. Blundell, and S. I. Rothstein. 2014. Mismatched begging displays between foreign and host offspring reduce brood parasite fitness. Behavioral Ecology 25:785-793.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., J. M. Johnson, S. M. Haig, C. J. Schwarz, J. W. Glendening, L. J. Burnett, D. George, and J. Grantham. 2014. Resource selection in the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) relative to terrestrial-based habitats and meteorological conditions. PLoS ONE 9:e88430.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., A. L. Liebl, L. B. Martin, and M. G. Betts. 2014. Corticosterone in territorial male Swainson’s Thrushes varies relative to forest age but not vegetative cover. Journal of Ornithology 155:539-548.  PDF


Kelly, T. R., J. Grantham, D. George, A. Welch, J. Brandt, L. J. Burnett, K. J. Sorenson, M. Johnson, R. Poppenga, D. Moen, J. Rasico, J. W. Rivers, C. Battistone, and C. K. Johnson. 2014. Spatiotemporal patterns and risk factors for lead exposure in endangered California Condors during 15 years of reintroduction. Conservation Biology 28:1721-1730.  PDF


Garlick, N. W., G. N. Newberry, and J. W. Rivers. 2014. An assessment of nestling diet composition in the Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina). Northwest Science 88:49-54.  PDF


Haig, S. M., J. D’Elia, C. Eagles-Smith, J. Fair, J. Gervais, G. Herring, J. W. Rivers and J. H. Schulz. 2014. The persistent problem of lead poisoning in birds from ammunition and fishing tackle. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 116:408-428.  PDF



Rivers, J. W., M. A. Blundell, T. M. Loughin, B. D. Peer, and S. I. Rothstein. 2013. The exaggerated begging behavior of an obligate avian brood parasite is shared with a nonparasitic close relative. Animal Behaviour 86:529-536.  PDF


Peer, B. D., J. W. Rivers, and S. I. Rothstein. 2013. Cowbirds, conservation, and coevolution: potential misconceptions and directions for future research. Chinese Birds 4:15-30.  PDF


Peer, B. D., J. W. Rivers, and S. I. Rothstein. 2013. The Brown-headed Cowbird: North America’s avian brood parasite. Chinese Birds 4:93-98.  PDF



Rivers, J. W., A. L. Liebl, J. C. Owen, L. B. Martin, and M. G. Betts. 2012. Baseline corticosterone is positively related to juvenile survival in a migrant passerine bird. Functional Ecology 26:1127-1134.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., S. Young, E. G. Gonzalez, B. Horton, J. Lock, and R. C. Fleischer. 2012. High levels of relatedness between Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) nestmates in a heavily-parasitized host community. Auk 129:623-631.  PDF


Jaeckle, W. B., M. Kiefer, B. Childs, R. G. Harper, J. W. Rivers, and B. D. Peer. 2012. Comparison of eggshell porosity and estimated gas flux between the Brown-headed Cowbird and two common hosts. Journal of Avian Biology 43:486-490.  PDF



Rivers, J. W., L. B. Martin, A. L. Liebl, and M. G. Betts. 2011. Parental alarm calls of the White-crowned Sparrow fail to stimulate corticosterone production of their nest-bound offspring. Ethology 117:374-384.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., and D. A. Rintoul. 2011. Fatty acid composition of depot fat of shorebirds collected at mid-continental stopover sites during spring migration. Journal of Field Ornithology 82:225-231.  PDF


Lupold, S., J. Wistuba, O. S. Damm, J. W. Rivers, and T. R. Birkhead. 2011. Sperm competition leads to functional adaptations in avian testes to maximize sperm quantity and quality. Reproduction 141:595-605.  PDF


Mora, M. A., B. Brattin, C. Baxter, and J. W. Rivers. 2011. Regional and interspecific variation in Sr, Ca, and Sr/Ca ratios in avian eggshells from the USA. Ecotoxicology 20:1467-1475.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., J. V. Briskie, and S. I. Rothstein. 2010. Have brood parasitic cowbird nestlings caused the evolution of more intense begging by host nestlings? Animal Behaviour 80:e1-e5.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., W. E. Jensen, K. L. Kosciuch, and S. I. Rothstein. 2010. Community-level patterns of host use by the Brown-headed Cowbird, a generalist brood parasite. Auk 127:263-273.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., G. S. Gipson, D. P. Althoff, and J. S. Pontius. 2010. Long-term community dynamics of small landbirds with and without exposure to extensive disturbance from military training activities. Environmental Management 45:203-216.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., T. M. Loughin, and S. I. Rothstein. 2010. Brown-headed Cowbird nestlings influence nestmate begging, but not parental feeding, in hosts of three distinct sizes. Animal Behaviour 79:107-116.  PDF


Betts, M. G., J. C. Hagar, J. W. Rivers, J. D. Alexander, K. McGarigal, and B. C. McComb. 2010. Thresholds in forest bird occurrence as a function of the amount of early seral broadleaf forest at landscape scales. Ecological Applications 20:2116-2130.  PDF



Rivers, J. W. 2009. Parent-absent begging in the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater): the role of hunger and nestmate size. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63:707-717.  PDF


Lupold, S., G. M. Linz, J. W. Rivers, D. F. Westneat, and T. R. Birkhead. 2009. Sperm competition selects beyond relative testes size in birds. Evolution 63:391-402.  PDF



Kosciuch, K. L., J. W. Rivers, and B. K. Sandercock. 2008. Stable isotopes identify the natal origins of a generalist brood parasite, the Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater. Journal of Avian Biology 39:364-367.  PDF



Rivers, J. W. 2007. Nestmate size, but not short-term need, influences the begging behavior of a generalist brood parasite. Behavioral Ecology 18:222-230.  PDF



Rivers, J. W., and M. J. Kuehn. 2006. Predation of Eared Grebe by Great Blue Heron. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:112-113.  PDF



Althoff, D. P., J. W. Rivers, J. S. Pontius, P. S. Gipson, and P. B. Woodford. 2005. A comprehensive approach to identifying monitoring priorities of small landbirds on military installations. Environmental Management 34:887-902.  PDF


Peer, B. D, S. I. Rothstein, and J. W. Rivers. 2005. First record of Bronzed Cowbird parasitism on the Great-tailed Grackle. Wilson Bulletin 117:194-196.  PDF



Rivers, J. W., and B. K. Sandercock. 2004. Predation by Gray Catbird on Brown Thrasher eggs. The Southwestern Naturalist 49:101-103.  PDF



Rivers, J. W., and J. V. Briskie. 2003. Lack of sperm production and sperm storage by arctic-nesting shorebirds during spring migration. Ibis 145:61-66.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., D. P. Althoff, P. S. Gipson, and J. S. Pontius. 2003. Evaluation of a reproductive index to estimate Dickcissel reproductive success. Journal of Wildlife Management 67:136-144.   PDF


Rivers, J. W., and T. T. Cable. 2003. Evaluation of farmed playa wetlands as avian habitat using survey data and two rapid assessment techniques. The Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 106:155-165.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., T. T. Cable, and J. S. Pontius. 2003. Influence of nest concealment and distance to habitat edge on depredation rates of simulated bird nests in southeast Kansas. The Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 106:40-47.  PDF



Rivers, J. W. 2000. Northern Harrier predation of White-faced Ibis. Wilson Bulletin 112:416-417.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., and D. E. Kroodsma. 2000. Singing behavior of the Hermit Thrush. Journal of Field Ornithology 71:467-471.  PDF



Rivers, J. W. 1998. Unusually high rate of Barn Owl roadkills in Kansas. Kansas Ornithological Society Bulletin 49:43-44.  PDF