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Natural Resources Science
University of Rhode Island
105 Coastal Institute
1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881.
Phone: (401)874-2026.
Fax: (401)874-4561.
Peter W. C. Paton
Job Title: Professor
Address: Room 110,
Phone: 401-874-2986
Research: Wildlife Ecology
  • Ph.D., Utah State University, 1994

Research Interests

  • Dr. Paton's research focuses on the conservation of vertebrate populations, with an emphasis on birds and amphibians. He is particularly interested in the impact of urbanization on vertebrates in New England. His recent avian research projects have included studies of the population ecology of neotropical migratory birds at a stopover site during fall migration, the effects of salt marsh restoration on Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, foraging habitat selection by wading birds in Narragansett Bay, and factors affecting plover populations along the coast. His research on pond-breeding amphibians has included movement phenology, assessment of techniques for monitoring population trends, investigation of the effects of landscape structure on population size, and assessment of the importance of within-pond and landscape-level habitat features on amphibian community structure.
Related Links

  1. Caron, C.M. and P.W.C. Paton. 2007. Population trends and habitat use of Harlequin Ducks in Rhode Island. The Journal of Field Ornithology 78(3): 254-262。  [Link]
  2. McDonough, C. and P.W.C. Paton. 2007. Salamander dispersal across a forested landscape fragmented by a golf course. The Journal of Wildlife Management 71(4): 1163-1169.  [Link]
  3. Montieth, K. and P.W.C. Paton. 2006. Emigration behavior of spotted salamanders on golf courses in southern Rhode Island. Journal of Herpetology 40: 195-205.  [Link]
  4. Trocki, C.L. and P.W.C. Paton. 2006. Assessing habitat selection by foraging egrets in salt marshes at multiple spatial scales. Wetlands 26: 307-312.  [Link]
  5. Paton, P.W.C. 2005. A review of vertebrate community composition in seasonal forest pools of the northeastern United States. Wetlands Ecology and Management 13: 235-246.  [Link]
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