Biology & Marine Biology

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Raymond M. Danner, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2012
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2002, cum laude
B.A., Geography, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2002, cum laude
Dobo Hall 120A | (910) 962-7895 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915

Dr. Danner is an integrative evolutionary ecologist. His current research asks how changing thermal and acoustic landscapes affect the ecology and evolution of animals, using birds as a model system. Dr. Danner's research focuses on our dynamic and fragile coastal ecosystems, and provides novel information for conservation planning.

See Dr. Danner's webpage:

Membership in Professional Societies:

American Ornithologists' Union
Society for the Study of Organic Evolution
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society for Conservation Biology


19. Danner, R. M., B. J. Olsen, and D. Luther. 2016. Atlantic song sparrow migratory status, winter habitat segregation, and subspecies interactions. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

18. Danner, R. M., R. S. Greenberg, J. E. Danner, J. R. Walters. 2015. Winter food limits timing of pre-alternate molt in a short-distance migratory bird. Functional Ecology 29:259-267.

17. Danner, R. M. and R. Greenberg. 2015. A critical season approach to Allen's Rule: bill size declines with winter temperature in a cold temperate environment. Journal of Biogeography 42:114-120. (Cover article)

16. Danner, R. M., T. S. Sillett, and R. Greenberg. 2014. The implications of increased body size in the song sparrows of the California Islands. Western North American Naturalist.

15. Danner, R. M., R. S. Greenberg, J. E. Danner, L. M. Kirkpatrick, J. R. Walters. 2014. Experimental support for food limitation of a short-distance migratory bird wintering in the temperate zone. Ecology 94(12):2803-2816.

14. Greenberg, R. and R. M. Danner. 2013. Climate, ecological release and bill dimorphism in an island songbird. Biology Letters 9(3): 20130118.

13. Greenberg, R., M. Etterson, and R. M. Danner. 2013. Seasonal dimorphism in the horny bills of sparrows. Ecology and Evolution 3:389-398.

12. Hess, S. C. and R. M. Danner. 2013. The effects of feral cats on insular wildlife: The Club-Med syndrome. Proc. Vertebrate Pest Conference: Volume 25. R. M. Timm, Ed. Univ. of Calif., Davis. pages 76-82.

11. Greenberg, R., and R. M. Danner. 2012. The influence of the California marine layer on bill size in a generalist songbird. Evolution 66(12):3825-3835.

10. Greenberg, R., V. Cadena, R. M. Danner, and G. J. Tattersall. 2012. Heat loss may explain bill size differences between birds occupying different habitats. PLoS ONE 7(7):e40933.

9. Greenberg, R., R. Danner, B. Olsen, and D. Luther. 2011. High summer
temperature explains bill size variation in salt marsh sparrows. Ecography 35(2):146-152.

8. Danner, J. E., R. M. Danner, F. Bonier, P. R. Martin, T.W. Small, and I. T. Moore. 2011. Female, but not male, tropical sparrows respond more strongly to the local song dialect: Implications for population divergence. The American Naturalist 178(1):53-63.

7. Hess, S. C., R. M. Stephens, T. T. Thompson, R. M. Danner, and B. Kawakami Jr. 2011. Survival of European mouflon (Artiodactyla: Bovidae) on Mauna Loa, Hawai'i, based on tooth cementum lines. Pacific Science 65(1):59-67.

6. Danner, R. M., C.A. Farmer, S.C. Hess, R.M. Stephens, and P.C. Banko. 2010. Survival of feral cats, Felis catus (Carnivora: Felidae), on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, based on tooth cementum lines. Pacific Science 63(3):381-390.

5. Greenberg, R., B. Olsen, B. Ballentine, S. Warner, and R. Danner. 2008. Temporal distribution of the Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow: The importance of field identification. Birding 40:42-49.

4. Goltz, D., S. C. Hess, R. M. Danner, and P. C. Banko. 2008. Home range and movements of feral cats on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Pacific Conservation Biology 14:177-184. (Cover article)

3. Danner, R. M., S. M. Langridge, and T. Dietsch. 2008. The nest and eggs of the Prevost's Ground Sparrow (Melozone biarcuata) group biarcuata. Ornitología Neotropical 19:283-285.

2. Danner, R. M., D. M. Goltz, S. C. Hess, and P. C. Banko. 2007. Evidence of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Toxoplasma gondii in Feral Cats on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43:315-318.

1. Hess, S. C., P. C. Banko, D. M. Goltz, R. M. Danner, and K. W. Brinck. 2004. Strategies for reducing feral cat threats to endangered Hawaiian Birds. Proc.Vertebrate Pest Conference: Volume 21. R. M. Timm and W. P. Gonzalez, Eds. Univ. of Calif., Davis. pages 21-26.