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John B Dunning, Jr.

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • FNR Associate Head of Academic Programs &
  • Professor of Wildlife Ecology
PFEN Room G003D
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, In 47907

Research Group - Ecology of Natural SystemsWildlife Science

Facilities - Animal Care FacilityWildlife Conservation Lab

Related Centers - Center for the Environment

Research - Hardwood Ecosystem ExperimentConservation Implications of Active Forest ManagementAvian Use of Restored Grasslands and WetlandsBody Masses of Birds of the WorldEducation in Natural Resource Conservation

John B. “Barny” Dunning is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue. He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) in 1978, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) in 1986. Prior to coming to Purdue, Dr. Dunning held positions as a postdoctoral research associate and research scientist at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Ecology. During that time, he worked on the wildlife impact of forest management across large spatial scales at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina. This research was funded by grants from the Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation. He joined the faculty at Purdue in 1994, and was promoted to Professor in 2010.

Barny teaches courses in environmental conservation, ornithology, global environmental issues, and conservation biology. From 2009, he was voted the department’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher three times, and received the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award by the College of Agriculture. He has published over 75 research papers and 3 books. His research focuses on the effects of habitat change across large landscapes on native wildlife species. Much of this research has focused on various species of sparrows in grasslands, wetlands and other open habitats. Sparrows are representative of a large group of native songbirds found in non-forested habitats that have declined greatly in recent decades. His early work included collaborations with computer modelers to merge field-based ecological knowledge with simulation of projected landscape change to predict which species will be impacted most severely by proposed human land-use. More recently, Barny has made use of habitat restoration projects involving both Midwestern grasslands and wetlands to examine how native birds respond to the creation of habitat in new locations within landscapes. He is involved in a long-term field experiment on forest management and its impacts on Indiana wildlife (the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment) as a component of the Sustainable Hardwood Ecosystems area of excellence.

Awards & Honors

(2018) Favorite Faculty. University Residences.

(2013) Book of Great Teachers. Purdue University.

(2011) Charles Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Purdue University.

(2011) Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. College of Agriculture.

(2011) Teaching Academy. Purdue University.

(2011) Teaching Award of Merit. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).

(2009) Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue.

(2008) Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue.

(2007) Fellow. American Ornithologists' Union.

(2006) Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Selected Publications

Doughty, C. E., Roman, J., Faurby, S., Wolf, A., Haque, A., Bakker, L., . . . Svenning, J. C. (n.d.). Global nutrient transport in a world of giants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 868-873.

Ruhl, P. J., Chapman, R., & Dunning, J. B. (2016). Field-testing a standard metabolic rate estimation technique for eastern red-backed salamanders. Journal of Herpetology, 50(1), 138-144.

Meier, A., Pizzo, A., Malloy, M., Riegel, J. K., & Dunning, J. B. (2015). Breeding birds and forest management in the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment and the Central Hardwoods Region. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Publication, FNR-500-W.

Ruhl, P. J., & Dunning, J. B. (2015). Morphometrics of Worm-eating Warblers in south-central Indiana: hatching year and after hatching year comparison. North American Bird Bander, 43, 81-84.

Ruhl, P. J., & Dunning, J. B. (2015). Confirmation of successful chestnut-sided warbler breeding in southern Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 124, 38-42.

Jukema, J., Dunning, J. B., Vlas, P., Brierley, L., & Brooks, P. (2015). Morphological variation in spring migrant American Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis dominica) Wader Study, 122, 128-134.

Shields, J., Jenkins, M. A., Saunders, M. R., Gibson, K. D., Zollner, P. A., & Dunning, J. B. (2015). Influence of intensity and duration of invasion by Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on mixed-hardwood forests of Indiana. INVASIVE PLANT SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, 8, 44-56. doi:10.1614/IPSM-D-14-00044.1

Bortoleto, L. A., Figueira, C. J. M., Dunning, J. B., Rodgers, J., & Da Silva, A. M. (2015). Suitability index for restoration in landscapes: an alternate proposal for restoration projects. Ecological Indicators, 60, 724-735.

Shields, J., Jenkins, M., Saunders, M., Gibson, K., Zollner, P., & Dunning, J. (2014). Influence of intensity and duration of invasion by Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on mixed-hardwood forests. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 8, 44-56.

Malloy, M., & Dunning, J. (2012). Breeding bird communities of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. In The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: a framework for studying responses to forest management (NRS-P-108, 126-141). North Central Region, Jamestown, ND: USDA Forest Service.

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