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Dr. Neil Buckley

Chair of Biological Sciences
Chair of Chemistry
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Photo of Neil BuckleyI have wide-ranging interests in animal behavior, ornithology and evolution and I teach a diverse array of classes in these areas including BIO208 Evolution, BIO209 Vertebrate Zoology and BIO323 Invertebrate Zoology.

My primary research focus is on foraging behavior and, in particular, the decision-making processes of foraging animals. I have carried out research on the foraging behavior of vultures and cormorants and most recently the breeding biology of grassland birds. I am also interested in the ectoparasites of small mammals.


  • Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
  • M.Sc. University College Cork, Ireland
  • B.Sc. University College Cork, Ireland

Research Areas

  • Foraging behavior and the decision-making processes of foraging animals
  • Breeding biology of grassland birds
  • Ectoparasitology of small mammals

Selected Publications

  • Fajardo, N., Strong, A., Perlut, N., & Buckley, N. J. (2009). Natal and breeding dispersal of Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) and Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis) in an agricultural landscape. The Auk, 126(2), 310–318.
  • Perlut, N. G., Strong, A.M., Donovan, T. M., & Buckley, N. J. (2008). Regional population viability of grassland songbirds: Effects of agricultural management. Biological Conservation, 141(12), 3139–3151.
  • Perlut, N. G., Strong, A.M., Donovan, T. M., & Buckley, N. J. (2008). Grassland songbird survival and recruitment in heterogeneous agricultural landscapes: implications for source-sink demography. Ecology, 89(7), 1941–1952.
  • Stuart, P., Mirimin L., Cross T. F., Sleeman D. P., Buckley N. J., Telfer S., Birtles R. J., Kotlík P., & Searle J. B. (2007) The origin of Irish Bank Voles Clethrionomys glareolus assessed by mitochondrial DNA analysis. The Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 28(11), 440–446.
  • Perlut, N. G., Strong, A. M., Donovan, T. M. and Buckley N. J. (2006). Grassland songbirds in a dynamic management landscape: behavioral responses and management strategies. Ecological Applications, 16(6), 2235–2247.
  • Troy, A. R., Strong, A. M., Bosworth, S. C., Donovan, T. M., Buckley N. J. & Wilson, M. L. (2005). Attitudes of dairy farmers regarding adoption of management practices for grassland songbirds. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 33(2), 528–538.
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