dcsimg Ronald A. Weiss

Marian Hall 150
rweiss@marian.edu
(317) 955-6248

Ronald A. Weiss, Ed. D.

MBA, MST

Assistant Professor of Biology

Executive Director

Chipper Woods Bird Observatory Inc.

Education

Ed. D. 
Major: Wildlife Management. Avian Population Studies
Minor: Anthropology and ArchaeologyBall State University

MBA Marketing, Research and Project Management
Indiana University

MST Marine Biology and Ecology/Education
Florida Atlantic University

BS Biology and Chemistry Pre-med Program
Widener University

Professional Affiliations

Ohio Bird Banding Association
Association of Field Ornithologists
Wilson Ornithological Society
Ornithological Societies of America


Fall/Spring Courses

BIO 214 Intro. to Microbiology (MAP)

Fall Courses

BIO 170/171 Introduction to Environmental Science
BIO 374 Vertebrate Zoology


Spring Courses

BIO 228 Marine Biology
BIO 372 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 361/362 Introductory Field Biology


Research Interests

  1. Bird capture and banding techniques.
  2. Field research on wild Neotropical migrant birds.
  3. Geolocator tracking of Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia) breeding the Great Lakes Region.
  4. Fall and Spring monitoring of Neotropical migrants moving through central Indiana.
  5. Fall migration monitoring of Northern Saw-Whet Owls.
  6. Summer Monitoring of Avian Productivity and Survivorship. (MAPS).
  7. Molt sequences in Neotropical migrant and resident birds.
  8. Dispersion and breeding of juvenile Bluebirds breeding in central Indiana.
  9. Breeding and movements of Tree Swallows breeding in central Indiana.
  10. Breeding and movements of Barn Swallows breeding in central Indiana.
  11. Breeding and movements of Purple Martins breeding in central Indiana.
  12. Site fidelity of breeding Neotropical migrant birds breeding in central Indiana.
  13. Monitoring wild birds for H1N1 avian influenza infections.
  14. Parasitology and parasite infections of wild birds and other vertebrates.
  15. Hybridization of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees in Northern Indiana
  16. Dispersion of juvenile raptors in central Indiana

Select List Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please visit

http://www.wbu.com/chipperwoods/publications.htm

Weiss. R. A. 2012. Field Notes on an Anomalous Acadian Flycatcher Breeding at Goose Pond, Indiana. Indiana Audubon Quarterly. August 2012.

Weiss, R. A. 2008. “Moon Watching.” Using A Telescope to Observe Nocturnal Migratory Birds. Indiana Audubon Quarterly. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 85(1):300-305. Feb 2008.

Weiss, R. A. 2003. Results of the Indiana 2002-2003 Christmas bird count. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 81(3): 131-156.

Weiss, R. A. 2003. Turtle tagging and bird banding: Two months in a Tropical Rainforest. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 81(1): 19-24,

Weiss, R. A. and R. L. Hedge. 2002. A confirmed nest of the Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) in Indiana. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 80(4): 216-220.

Dunning, J. B. Jr., A. Beheler, M. Crowder, S. Andrews, and R. Weiss. 2002. A Eurasian Wryneck specimen from southern Indiana. North American Birds 56(3):264-267.

Weiss, R. A. 2002. Start your day with a Tropical Parula. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 80(2):87-91.

Weiss, R. A. 2001. The possible impact of bacterial conjunctivitis (Mycoplasma gallisepticum) on House Finch populations in Indiana. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 79(2):75-79.

Weiss, R. A. 2000. Breeding site fidelity of a male Louisiana Waterthrush. North American Bird Bander. 25(3):96.

Weiss, R. A. 2000. Why Band A Bird? Western Birder and Naturalist. Nov.-Dec., 2000.

Weiss, R. A. 1998. What is the worth of a bird? Outdoor Indiana. May/June 1998. Pp. 34-39.

Weiss, R. A. 1997. Trends in Indiana House Finch counts: A comparison of Indiana Audubon Society May, summer and Christmas bird counts, 1980-1995. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. 106(67-77).

Weiss, R. A. 1997. Neotropical Migrants: A bander’s delight. SAFRING News 26:17-20. (Journal of the South African Ringing Society).

Weiss, R. A. 1997. A tip for storing and dispensing bird bands. North American Bird Bander. Vol 22(3):122.

Weiss, R. A. 1997. Neotropical migrant birds wintering on central Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. Bahama Journal of Science 4(3):14-19.

Chandler, C. R. and R. A. Weiss. 1996. Avifauna of the Newport Army Ammunition Plant, Vermillion County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 105:69-85.

Scientific Reports

Weiss, R. A. 2000. Monitoring of Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) at the Newport Chemical Depot, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana. 2000 Breeding Season.

Weiss, R. A. 2000. Monitoring of Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana. 2000 Breeding Season.

Weiss, R. A. 1997. A 1997 Study of Breeding Grassland Bird Densities and Vegetation Characteristics at Three Reclaimed Mine Sites Located in Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana. A study for the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources.

Weiss, R. A. 1996. A breeding bird survey of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, IN. A study for the National Park Service.

Weiss, R. A. 1996. An avian survey of the Monon Park Trail, Carmel, IN. A study for the Carmel Parks and Recreation Department.

Chandler, C. R. and R. A. Weiss. 1995. Endangered and threatened birds of the Newport Army Ammunition Plant, Vermillion County, Indiana. Report to Mason & Hanger - Silas Mason Co. Inc., 1993-1994.

Chandler, C. R. and R. A. Weiss. 1995. Status and distribution of rails and other marsh nesting birds in natural and restored wetlands in northern Indiana. Report to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Biological Field Checklists

Weiss, R. A. 2013. A Field Checklist of Indiana’s Reptiles and Amphibians. Chipper Woods Bird Observatory, Inc.

Weiss, R. A. 2010. Field Checklist of the Butterflies of Indiana. Chipper Woods Bird Observatory, Inc.

Weiss.R. A. 2009. Field Checklist of the Birds of Indiana. Chipper Woods Bird Observatory, Inc.

Weiss, R. A. 2009. A Field Checklist of the Mammals of Indiana. Chipper Woods Bird Observatory, Inc.

Weiss, R. A. 2000. A Field Checklist of the Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals of the Marian College Wetlands, Indianapolis. 

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