L. Wes Burger, Jr. (Wes)


Office: HPC A207
Phone: (662) 325-7552
Alt. Phone: (662) 325-8782

Box 9652
Mississippi State, MS 39762

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.
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.

Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by L. Wes Burger, Jr. (Wes):  148 
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.

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