Peer-refereed Publications

Ulyshen, M., K. M. Ballare, C. J. Fettig, J. W. Rivers, and J. B. Runyon. The value of forests to pollinating insects varies with forest structure, composition, and age. Current Forestry Reports.


Perry, L. R., R. K. Kelble, V. N. Brewer, C. E. Christensen, M. E. Kerstens, T. M. Owens, M. A. Sampognaro, D. L. Zahor, R. A. Zitomer, S. H. Austin, J. M. Cornelius, J. B. Dinkins, S. J. K. Frey, C. E. Frisinger, S. M. LeQuier, C. G. Lundblad, J. Oskowski, H. R. Perlman, W. J. Price, R. Rich, K. A. Ruth, V. M. Schroeder, S. B. Szabo, and J. W. Rivers. Ten simple rules for implementing a wildly successful field season. PLOS Computational Biology 20(6):e1012189.


Garcia-Heras, M.S., C. Wolf, J. Bailey Guerrero, L. J. Adrean, S. K. Nelson, D. D. Roby, M. G. Betts, and J. W. Rivers. 2024. Marine habitat use and movement in response to ocean warming by a threatened forest-nesting seabird. Global Ecology and Conservation 50:e02857. PDF


Galbraith, S. M., J. J. Valente, C. J. Dunn, and J. W. Rivers. 2024. Both Landsat- and LiDAR-derived measures predict forest bee response to large-scale wildfire. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 10(1):24-38. PDF


Rivers, J. W. 2024. Fungal inoculations and mechanical wounding of treees have limited efficacy for snag creation two decades after treatment. Forest Ecology and Management 553:e121651. PDF


Ponisio, L. C., H. Cohen, S. M. Galbraith, J. Zorn, R. A. Zitomer, and J. W. Rivers. 2024. Host and floral communities shape parasite prevalence and reproduction in intensively managed conifer forest. Ecosphere 15(1):e4709. PDF


Parvin, L. K., I. A. Padgett, N. P. Anderson, O. Ostroverkhova, and J. W. Rivers. 2023 Floral-devoid perennial grass seed fields harbor a diversity of native bees. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 96(4):93-111. PDF


Zitomer, R. A., S. M. Galbraith, M. G. Betts, A. R. Moldenke, R. A. Prograr, and J. W. Rivers. 2023. Bee diversity decreases rapidly with time since harvest in intensively managed conifere forests. Ecological Applications 33(5):e2855PDF


Valente, J. J., J. W. Rivers, Z. Yang, S. K. Nelson, J. M. Northrup, D. D. Roby, C. Meyer, and M. G. Betts. 2023. Fragmentation effects on an endangered species across a gradient from the interior to edge of its range. Conservation Biology 37(5):e14091.  PDF


Ulyshen, M., K. R. Urban-Mead, J. B. Dorey, and J. W. Rivers. 2023. Forests are critically important to global pollinator diversity and enhance pollination in adjacent crops. Biological Reviews 98(4):1118-1141.  PDF


Fountain, E. D., P. J. Kulzer, R. T. Golightly, J. W. Rivers, S. F. Pearson, M. G. Raphael, M. G. Betts, S. K. Nelson, D. D. Roby, N. F. Kryshak, S. Schneider, and M. Z. Peery. 2023. Characterizing the diet of a threatened seabird, the Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus, using high-throughput sequencing. Marine Ornithology 51(2):145-155.  PDF


Kerstens, M. E., and J. W. Rivers. 2023. Is green the new black? Black-backed Woodpecker vital rates do not differ between unburned and burned forests within a pyrodiverse landscape. Ornithological Applications 125(2):duad010.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., J. Bailey Guerrero, R. D. Brodeur, G. K. Krutzikowsky, L. J. Adrean, S. A. Heppell, K. C. Jacobson, K. Milligan, S. K. Nelson, D. D. Roby, W. J. Sydeman, L. G. Torres, and J. A. Barth. 2022. Critical research needs for forage fish within inner-shelf marine ecosystems. Fisheries 47(5):213–221.  PDF


Yang, C., B. Peer, C. Ursino, J. Yu, and J. Rivers. 2022. Editorial: Evolution and function of acoustic and visual signals in avian brood parasitism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:892373.  PDF


Zitomer, R. A., J. Karr, M. Kerstens, L. Perry, K. Ruth, L. Adrean, S. Austin, J. Cornelius, J. Dachenhaus, J. Dinkins, A. Harrington, H. Kim, T. Owens, C. Revekant, V. Schroeder, C. Sink, J. J. Valente, E. Woodis, and J. W. Rivers. 2022. Ten simple rules for getting started with statistics in graduate school. PLOS Computational Biology 18(4):1010033.  PDF


Stokely, T. D., U. G. Kormann, J. Verschuyl, A. J. Kroll, D. Frey, S. H. Harris, D. Mainwaring, D. Maguire, J. Hatten. J. W. Rivers, S. Fitzgerald, and M. G. Betts. 2022. Experimental evaluation of herbicide use on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and timber production tradeoffs in forest plantations. Journal of Applied Ecology 59(1):52-66.  PDF


Welke, C. A., B. Graham, R. R. Conover, J. W. Rivers, and T. M. Burg. 2021. Habitat-linked genetic structure for White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys): local factors shape population genetic structure. Ecology and Evolution 11(17):11700-11717. PDF


Lajoie, J. L., L. M. Gaino, and J. W. Rivers. 2021. Experimentally induced flight costs do not lead to increased reliance on supplemental food in winter by a small songbird. Journal of Avian Biology 52(9):e02782.  PDF


Kormann, U. G., T. D. Stokely, J. Verschuyl, A. J. Kroll, S. Harris, D. Maguire, D. Mainwaring, J. W. Rivers, and M. G. Betts. 2021. Reconciling biodiversity with timber production and revenue via an intensive forest management experiment. Ecological Applications 31(8):e02441.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., and M. G. Betts. 2021. Post-harvest bee diversity is high but declines rapidly with stand age in early seral Douglas-fir stands. Forest Science 67(3):275-285.  PDF


Valente, J. J., S. K. Nelson, J. W. Rivers, D. D. Roby, and M. G. Betts. 2021. Experimental evidence that social information affects habitat selection in Marbled Murrelets. Ornithology 138(2):ukaa086.  PDF


Valente, J. J., C. L. LeGrande-Rolls, J. W. Rivers, A. M. Tucker, R. A. Fisher, and M. G. Betts. 2021. Conspecific attraction for conservation and management of terrestrial breeding birds: current knowledge and future research directions. Ornithological Applications 123(2):duab007.  PDF


Galbraith, S. M., J. H. Cane, and J. W. Rivers. 2021. Wildfire severity influences offspring sex ratio in a native solitary bee. Oecologia 195(1):65-75.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., K. N. Jones, and M. G. Betts. 2020. Neither forest herbicides nor ambient temperature exert strong effects on reproductive output of a cavity-nesting songbird. Avian Conservation & Ecology 15(1):18.  PDF


Betts, M. G., J. M. Northrup, J. A. Bailey Guerrero, L. J. Adrean, S. K. Nelson, J. L. Fisher, B. D. Gerber, M.-S. Garcia-Heras, Z. Yang, D. D. Roby, and J. W. Rivers. 2020. Squeezed by a habitat split: warm ocean conditions and old-forest loss interact to reduce long-term occupancy of a threatened seabird. Conservation Letters 13(5):e12745.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., J. Verschuyl, C. J. Schwarz, A. J. Kroll, and M. G. Betts. 2019. No evidence of a demographic response to experimental herbicide treatments by an early successional forest bird. Condor 121(2):duz004.  PDF


Galbraith, S. M., J. H. Cane, A. R. Moldenke, and J. W. Rivers. 2019. Salvage logging reduces wild bee diversity, but not abundance, in severely burned mixed-conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 453:117622.  PDF


Galbraith, S. M. J. H. Cane, A. R. Moldenke, and J. W. Rivers. 2019. Wild bee diversity increases with local fire severity in a fire-prone landscape. Ecosphere 10(4):e02668.  PDF


Lajoie, J. M., L. M. Gaino, and J. W. Rivers. 2019. Individual variation and seasonality drive bird feeder use during winter in a Mediterranean climate Ecology and Evolution 9(5):2535–2549.  PDF


Northrup, J. M., J. W. Rivers, Z. Yang, and M. G. Betts. 2019. Synergistic effects of climate and land-use change influence broad-scale population declines. Global Change Biology 25(5):1561-1575.  PDF


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(6):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. GCB Bioenergy 10(10):766-781.  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(8):2008-2018.  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(7):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(2):107-118.  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(1):47-55.  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(1):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(1):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(2):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(6):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(4):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(4):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(2):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(2):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(6):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(1):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. Condor 116(3):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(3):529-536.  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(1):93-98.  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(1):15-30.  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(5):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(4):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(6):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(5):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(2):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(5):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(6):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(3):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(2):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(2):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(1):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(8):2116-2130.  PDF


Rivers, J. W. 2009. Parent-absent begging in the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater): the role of short-term need and nestmate size. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63(5):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(2):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(3):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(1):222-230.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., and M. J. Kuehn. 2006. Predation of Eared Grebe by Great Blue Heron. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118(1):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(6):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(2):194-196.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., and B. K. Sandercock. 2004. Predation by Gray Catbird on Brown Thrasher eggs. The Southwestern Naturalist 49(1):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(1):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(1):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. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 106(3/4):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. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 106(1/2):40-47.  PDF


Rivers, J. W. 2000. Northern Harrier predation of White-faced Ibis. Wilson Bulletin 112(3):416-417.  PDF


Rivers, J. W., and D. E. Kroodsma. 2000. Singing behavior of the Hermit Thrush. Journal of Field Ornithology 71(3):467-471.  PDF