Contact Dr. Mark McConnell
Integrating wildlife management schemes into working systems is my primary research interest. Because working landscapes represent a disproportionate amount of the land base, I believe they hold the greatest conservation potential. Unfortunately, working landscapes are often managed primarily for goods and services (e.g., food and fiber) at an intensity of which is not conducive for many wildlife species. Therefore I am interested in evaluating the efficacy and utility of wildlife management schemes that integrate into these production systems while maintaining their production potential. I believe conservation must be compatible with profitability in order to be effective and therefore conservation efforts should address both environmental and economic considerations. I have a body of research to illustrate that conservation strategies and production systems can not only co-exist but actually be mutually beneficial.
McConnell, M. D. and L. Wes Burger, Jr. Precision Agriculture Technology. Quail Forever Magazine, Spring Issue, 2017. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315465304_Precision_Agricultur…
McConnell M. D., A. P. Monroe, L. W. Burger, and J. A. Martin. 2016. Timing of nest vegetation measurement may obscure adaptive significance of nest-site characteristics: A simulation study. Ecology and Evolution 00:1-12. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.2767/epdf
McConnell, M. D. and L. W. Burger. 2016. Precision Conservation to Enhance Wildlife Benefits in Agricultural Landscapes. Precision Conservation: Geospatial Techniques for Agricultural and Natural Resources Conservation. J. Delgado, G. Sassenrath, and T. Mueller, editors. Agronomy Monograph 59. McConnelland%20Burger_2016.pdf
McConnell M, Burger LW (2011) Precision conservation: a geospatial decision support tool for optimizing conservation and profitability in agricultural landscapes. J Soil Water Conserv 66:347–354 McConnellandBurger_2011.pdf
Primary Goal: Developing and delivering conservation solutions to the stakeholders of Georgia, focusing on integrating profitable wildlife management schemes into working landscapes.