David Ziolkowski Jr.

Biography

Dave is a Wildlife Biologist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where he serves as the program ornithologist for the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).  He has been actively involved in wildlife research for over 20 years, both in the states and abroad, and worked on topics spanning the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, biogeography, toxicology, and population monitoring.  In his current position, Dave works to strengthen the coordination and management of the scientifically rigorous, citizen-science based BBS program including: building research and multi-level inter-agency partnerships, strategic planning to ensure the survey’s continued relevance for informing bird conservation, connecting with thousands of highly-skilled volunteer observers, designing and managing web-enabled database applications, assuring a high data quality in the ever-growing 80-million record database, and publication of results written for both scientists and the general public.  Although the majority of Dave’s day to day work is focused on birds, his broad expertise in natural history finds him frequently engaged in other field research projects oriented at measuring and better understanding our diverse plant and animal assemblages. (Updated Nov, 2015)

Education

  • M.S. Biology, University of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri, Advisor: Robert Ricklefs, Thesis area: Evolutionary ecology of the Lesser Antillean avifauna.
  • B.S. Biology, Towson University, Maryland, Advisor: L. Scott Johnson, Thesis area: Passerine behavioral ecology.
  • A.A. Economics, Harford Community College, Maryland.

Recent Data Releases

  • Pardieck, K. L., D. J. Ziolkowski Jr., M.-A. R. Hudson.  2015.  North American Breeding Bird Survey Dataset 1966-2014, version 2014.0.  U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. (available here)
  • Pardieck, K. L., D. J. Ziolkowski Jr., M.-A. R. Hudson.  2014.  North American Breeding Bird Survey Dataset 1966-2013, version 2013.0.  U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. (available here)

Results and Analysis Reports

  • Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., and W. A. Link. 2014. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2013. Version 01.30.2015 USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. (available here)
  • Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., and W. A. Link.  2014.  The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2012. Version 02.19.2014 USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. (available here)
  • Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., and W. A. Link. 2012. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2011. Version 12.13.2012 USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. (available here)
  • Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., and W. A. Link. 2011. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2010. Version 12.07.2011 USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. (available here)
  • Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., and W. A. Link. 2011. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2009. Version 3.23.2011 USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. (available here)

Selected Public Speaking Highlights:

  • Keynote Address, Maryland Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, May 25, 2013: "Counting those who count on us…but are you sure your numbers really talk sense?".
  • National Public Radio's Kojo Nnamdi Show, Sep 16, 2009. (listen here)
  • National Public Radio's Kojo Nnamdi Show, April, 2, 2009. (listen here)
  • National Public Radio's "All Things Considered", March 19, 2009. (listen here)
  • 6-day Training Course, Ecole National de Aux de Foret, Gabon (West Africa),  "Establishing a National Avian Monitoring and Specimen Collection Infrastructure", October 2009
  • Keynote Address, Tennessee Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, April 26, 2008: "The numbers, they are a changing -- 40 years of counting in the volunteer state".

Fact Sheets:

  • Announcing the 1966-2013 BBS Trend Results - Jan. 2015  (available here)
  • The BBS, Refining Scale to Provide New Insights - Jan. 2015  (available here)
  • Announcing the 1966-2012 BBS Trend Results - Mar. 2014  (available here)
  • Progression of the BBS and Future Directions - Mar. 2011  (available here)
  • Expanding the BBS into Mexico - Feb, 2008  (available here)

Memoranda to Cooperators/Annual Summaries: