The Department of Biology

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Richard O. "Rob" Bierregaard, Jr.


Distinguished Visiting Research Professor



Mobile: (704) 516-4615 [Please note-this is NOT the number for the UNC-Charlotte Biology Dept!]


Mail: Biology Department

UNC Charlotte

Charlotte NC-28223



  2013 Osprey Maps
  2012 Osprey Maps
  2011 Osprey Maps

2010 Osprey Maps

Ecology Lab

Birds of Prey

Barred Owls

Raptor River

Grad Students


Amazon Tours


Neotropical Birds

Habitat Fragments


Links of Interest



Welcome to my cyber-résumé. Browse around to find out about my research and publications on birds of prey, birds of the New World Tropics, habitat fragmentation in the Amazon, ecology, and conservation, as well as my graduate students, courses taught (ornithology and sometimes field ecology), and links to interesting pages on the Web, including a number of local conservation organizations with which I'm involved.


Ospreys: I've been studying the Osprey population on Martha's Vineyard, MA, since 1969. Beginning in 2000, in collaboration with Dr. Mark Martell of The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, I put satellite transmitters on a total of seven adult birds, six on Martha's Vineyard and one in Charlotte. Beginning in 2004 I began tagging juvenile Ospreys. Through the end of the breeding season in 2009, I have tagged 29 fledgling Ospreys. Tracking young Ospreys on their first migration has proven to be a really exciting avenue of research.

    In 2009, in collaboration with Alan Poole and the Westport River, MA, Osprey team, we began tagging adult male Ospreys to learn about their hunting behavior in the three months when they are pretty much to sole providers for themselves, their mate, and a brood of hungry and growing nestlings.

    Read about the Osprey research in more detail.


Barred Owls in Suburban Habitats: My current research is primarily focused on telemetry-based studies of Barred Owls in the Charlotte area. Barred Owls are very common in the old, densely populated (by humans as well as Barred Owls) suburbs around Charlotte. A small flock of my graduate students has trapped, tagged, and followed adult and juvenile Barred Owls to see how they're making a living in the midst of all those humans and if, indeed, they really are as successful as they appear to be. Over the past several years we have focused on video recordings of prey data and behavioral observations in nests. Recently undergraduates have joined the research team. Undergraduates interested in getting credits for research hours (Biol 3499) should contact me. See more about this project.


Lessons from Amazonia - the book I was editing for what seemed like forever along with Claude Gascon, Tom Lovejoy, and Rita Mesquita was finally published by Yale University Press. While the official publication date is 2001, the book was first seen in the flesh in early 2002. This multi-authored volume summarizes 20 years of research into habitat fragmentation that has been carried out by myself and many, many collaborators on the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project. The table of contents of the book are just a click away....



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