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Christopher J Whelan
Title: Grassland Avian Ecologist
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c/o Department of Biological Sciences M/C 066
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607
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Phone: 312-355-0990
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Avian Ecologist
Research and monitoring; outreach and teaching
Foraging ecology, habitat selection, and community structure; interactions among birds and arthropod prey; evolutionary ecology of bird-plant interactions; integrating digestive physiology and foraging ecology; evolutionary game theory; functional roles of birds in ecosystems
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Cramer Fellow, Dartmouth College, 1982-1987
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American Association for the Advancement of Science;
Selected publications:
Emerson, S.E., J.S Brown,, C.J. Whelan, and K.A. Schmidt. 2012. Scale dependent neighborhood effects:shared doom and associational refuge. Oecologia 168:659-670.

Whelan, C.J., D.G. Wenny, and R.J. Marquis. 2008. Ecosystem services provided by birds. Pages 25-60, in R.S. Ostfeld and W.H. Schlesinger, editors, The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology 2008, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Whelan. C. J. and K. A. Schmidt. 2007. Food acquisition, processing, and digestion. in Stephens, D. W., J. S. Brown, and R. Ydenberg, editors, Foraging, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Whelan, C. J., J. S. Brown, and G. G. Maina. 2003. Search biases, frequency-dependent predation, and species coexistence. Evolutionary Ecology Research 5:329-343.

Molano-Flores, B., M. A. Feist, and C. J. Whelan. 2003. Seed germination, seedling survivorship, and host preference for Agalinis auriculata (Scrophulariaceae), an Illinois threatened species. Natural Areas Journal 23: 152-157.

Whelan, C. J. 2001. Foliage structure influences the foraging of insectivorous forest birds: an experimental analysis. Ecology 82:219-231.

Whelan, C. J., J. S. Brown, K. A. Schmidt, B. B. Steele, and M. F. Willson. 2000. Linking consumer-resource theory with digestive physiology: application to diet shifts. Evolutionary Ecology Research 2:911-934.
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Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Education: PhD, Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1987

BS, Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, 1982
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