Jonathan Cohen | Environmental and Forest Biology | SUNY-ESF
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Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan CohenAssociate Professor

403 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6737



Ph.D. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, VA Tech University, May 2005
M.S. Renewable Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, May 1998
B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University, May 1994

Current Projects and Research Interests

My lab is involved in research on the effects of human disturbance on the behavior and reproductive success of Snowy Plovers in Florida and Alabama. My past work has included population and habitat studies of birds of conservation concern, including Piping Plovers, Red Knots, and Greater Scaup. I am generally interested in habitat and population research that assists resource agencies and conservation organizations to understand factors that limit wild populations.


EFB 493: Wildlife Habitat and Populations
I will be teaching this for the first time in Fall 2011

Refereed Monographs

Cohen JB, Houghton LM, Fraser JD. 2009. Nesting density and reproductive success of piping plovers in response to storm- and human-created habitat changes. Wildlife Monographs 173:1-24.

Refereed Journal Articles

Cohen JB, Gerber BD, Karpanty SM, Fraser JD, and Truitt BR. In press. Day and night foraging of Red Knots (Calidris canutus) during spring stopover in Virginia, USA. Waterbirds.

Karpanty SM, Cohen JB, Fraser JD, Berkson J. Effect of foraging birds on horseshoe crab egg resources during spring migratory stopover in Delaware Bay (in review, Journal of Wildlife Management).

Cohen JB, Karpanty SM, Fraser JD. 2010. Habitat selection and behavior of Red Knots (Calidris canutus) on the New Jersey Atlantic Coast during spring stopover. Condor: in press

Cohen JB, Fraser JD. 2010. Piping Plover foraging distribution and prey abundance in the pre-laying period. Wilson Journal of Ornithology: in press

Catlin DH, Fraser JD, Felio JH, Cohen JB. 2010. Piping plover nest success on natural, managed, and engineered Missouri River sandbars. Journal of Wildlife Management. In press.

Roche EA, Cohen JB, Catlin DH, Amirault-Langlais DL, Cuthbert FJ, Gratto-Trevor CL, Felio JH, Fraser JD. 2010. Range-wide estimation of apparent survival for piping plovers: evidence for correlated patterns and temporal declines. Journal of Wildlife Management: in press

Fraser JD, Karpanty SM, Cohen JB. 2010. Horseshoe crab nest depressions as shorebird foraging cues. Waterbirds 33: 96-100.

Cohen JB, Karpanty SM, Fraser JD, Truitt BR. 2010. The effect of benthic prey abundance and size on red knot (Calidris canutus) distribution at an alternative migratory stopover site on the US Atlantic Coast. Journal of Ornithology 151:355-364.

Morrison JL, McMillian M, Cohen JB, Catlin DH. 2009. Environmental correlates of nesting success in Crested Caracaras. Auk 126: 755-764.

Cohen JB, Karpanty SM, Fraser JD, Watts BD, Truitt BR. 2009. Residence probability and population size of red knots during spring stopover in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:939-945.

Cohen JB, Karpanty SM, Catlin DH, Fraser JD, Fischer RA. 2008. Winter ecology of piping plovers at Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Waterbirds 31:472-479.

Cohen, JB., Wunker EC, Fraser JD. 2008. Substrate and vegetation selection by nesting Piping Plovers (Charadrius Melodus) in New York. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:404-407.

Morrison JL, McMillian M, Cohen JB, Catlin DH. 2007. Environmental correlates of nesting success in Red-shouldered Hawks. Condor 109:648-657.

Cohen JB, Fraser JD, Catlin DH. 2006. Survival and site fidelity of Piping Plovers on Long Island, New York. Journal of Field Ornithology 77: 409-417.

Golden NH, Rattner BA, Cohen JB, Hoffman DJ, Russek-Cohen E, Ottinger, MA. 2003, Lead accumulation in feathers of nestling black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) experimentally treated in the field. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 22: 1517-1524.

Cohen JB, Rattner, BA, Golden, NH. 2003. Use of retrospective data to assess ecotoxicological monitoring needs for terrestrial vertebrates residing in Atlantic Coast estuaries. Ecotoxicology 12:365-375

Cohen JB, Barclay JS, Major AR, Fisher JP. 2000. Greater scaup as biomonitors of metal contamination in federal wildlife refuges in the Long Island region. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 38:83-92.

Rattner BA, Pearson JL, Golden NH, Cohen JB, Erwin RM, Ottinger MA. 2000. Contaminant exposure and effects--terrestrial vertebrates database: trends and data gaps for Atlantic Coast estuaries. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 63:131-142.

Book Chapters

Sheffield SR, Sawicka-Kapusta K, Cohen JB, Rattner BA. 2001. Rodentia and Lagomorpha. Pp. 215-314 In Shore RF and Rattner BA (eds.), Ecotoxicology of Wild Mammals. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Rattner BA, Cohen JB, Golden NH. 2000. Contaminant effect endpoints in terrestrial vertebrates at and above the level of the "individual." In: Environmental Contaminants and Terrestrial Vertebrates: Effects on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems. Albers PH, ed. SETAC Special Publication, SETAC Press, Pensacola, Florida. 61 pp

Newsletters/Popular Articles

Cohen JB, Karpanty SM, Fraser JD, Truitt BR. 2007. Initial deployment tests of tiny PTTs on the red knot (Calidris canutus rufa). Tracker News 8:2.

Cohen JB. 1996. Tricky trackers (a children's guide to making a squirrel-tracking kit). Ranger Rick. Nov 1996.

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society (Associate Certification 1999)
  • The Waterbird Society (Conservation Committee Chair)
  • American Ornithologists Union
  • Wilson Ornithological Society
  • Association of Field Ornithologists
  • American Associationfor the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi


Reviewer for: Animal Ecology, The Auk, Avian Conservation and Ecology, Environmental Management, Estuaries and Coasts, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Raptor Research, Journal of Wildlife Management, Waterbirds

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Maureen DurkinMaureen Durkin

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cohen
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
  • Undergraduate Institute: Connecticut College (Biology )

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of human-caused disturbance on Snowy Plover behavior, habitat selection, and reproductive success in the Florida Panhandle.

Aidan FloresAidan Flores

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cohen and Schummer
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
  • Undergraduate Institute: Texas AandM University of Kingsville (Range and Wildlife M)

Graduate Research Topic
Influences of Agricultural Grains on Body Condition and Seasonal Stress in American Black Ducks Wintering on Long Island

Alison KocekAlison Kocek

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cohen
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of Arizona (Ecology )

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Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation research focuses on two tidal marsh sparrow species, saltmarsh sparrows and seaside sparrows within New York City, NY. I am studying the processes by which individuals and populations of tidal marsh sparrows adjust to a changing environment with hopes of using the information gained to impact tidal marsh restoration design.

Stephen SliwinskiStephen Sliwinski

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cohen
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Michelle StantialMichelle Stantial

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cohen
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
  • Undergraduate Institute: Marietta College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Factors Limiting Abundance and Productivity of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) in Southern New Jersey

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