Dr. Bart Ballard

Dr. Bart M. Ballard holds the C. Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

His research program focuses on the ecology, conservation, and management of waterfowl and wetland birds with particular interest in developing solutions to applied problems at an array of spatial scales.  He and his students investigate ecologically relevant questions dealing with energy use and nutrition during migration and winter, habitat use, spatial and temporal changes in habitat/resource availability, migration ecology, and vital rates such as survival and reproductive success, and he has strong working relationships with federal and state agencies, and NGOs. His current research involves investigating the nutritional ecology of wintering northern pintails, assessing the impacts of recent wind energy developments on wintering redheads, developing a decision support tool for mottled duck conservation in the western Gulf Coast, studying the movement ecology of mid-continent greater white-fronted geese, understanding the migration ecology of the reddish egret, and investigating the migratory connectivity between populations of the red knot.