Name:L. Wes Burger, Jr. (Wes)
Associated Centers:Geosystems Research Institute
Email: burger@gri.msstate.edu
Office:High Performance Computing Building, A207
Office Phone:(662) 325-7552
Alternate Phone:(662) 325-8782
Address:Box 9652
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Biography:Wes Burger has undergraduate degrees in biology and mathematics from Murray State University (1985). He completed an M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) at University of Missouri-Columbia where his research focused on game bird population ecology and conservation in agricultural ecosystems. Wes is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University and Research Fellow of the Geosystems Research Institute. Wes is a Grisham Master Teacher and holds the Dale Arner Professorship in Wildlife & Fisheries. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and Associate Director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center

Research Interest: Over the past 20 years Wes has conducted a body of research addressing wildlife response to conservation practices in working landscapes. Wes's research interests include restoration of native grasslands and fire-dependent southern pine-grasslands. His research focus include northern bobwhite, grassland songbirds, and pine-grassland bird species. Wes has been a frequent cooperator with USDA-FSA, -NRCS, and -APHIS. He led the USDA-NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project and is currently coordinating the National CP33 Monitoring program.

Hobbies:An avid outdoors enthusiast, Wes enjoys fly-fishing, upland bird hunting, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and horseback riding. He shares these advocations with his 3 teenage sons and wife Leslie.

Publications: Oedekoven, C. S., Buckland, S. T., MacKenzie, M. L., King, R., Evans, K. O., & Burger, L. W. (2016). Using Hierarchical Centering to Facilitate a Reversible Jump MCMC Algorithm for Random Effects Models. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. 98(2016), 79-90. [Document Site]

Riffell, S. K., Monroe, A. P., Martin, J., Evans, K. O., Burger, L. W., & Smith, M. (2015). Response of Non-grassland Avian Guilds to Adjacent Herbaceous Field Buffers: Testing Hypotheses about Configuration of Targeted Conservation Practices in Agricultural Landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology. British Ecological Society. 52(2), 300-309. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.12389. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Evans, K. O., Burger, L. W., Faircloth, B. C., Palmer, W. E., & Carroll, J. P. (2009). Effects of Tissue Sampling Methods on Growth and Survival of Neonatal Northern Bobwhite. . Journal of Wildlife Management. 73, 1241-1244.

Burger, L. W., Conover, R. R., & Linder, E. T. (2009). Bird Response to Field Border Presence and Width. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 121, 548-555.

Burger, L. W., & Evans, K. O. (2009). The NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project: an Overview. In L. W. Jr. and K. O. Evans (Eds.), Managing working lands for bobwhite quail: The USDA-NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project. Mississippi State University. 248.

Total Publications by this Author: 148