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Dr. Jill L Deppe

Dr. Jill L Deppe

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department

Office: 3052 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-5424


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My research is driven by an interest in understanding wildlife-habitat associations. My research projects are diverse but aim to understand the factors explaining why species occur where and when they do, patterns of animal movement in search of suitable conditions, and the consequences of movement and habitat selection on fitness and species distributions at various scales. 

Understanding species' habitat requirements is a fundamental component of animal conservation and management; thus, my research program includes applied components as well as theoretical ones. My research program can be divided into four general areas: (1) migration ecology, (2) wildlife responses to bioenergy crops, (3) wildlife-habitat associations in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and (4), evaluation and application of acoustic recording systems for monitoring wildlife. 

The ecological processes I study are inherently complex, so my research is multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative, combining aspects of biology, computer science, remote sensing, atmospheric science, geography, and engineering. I enjoy working with a diverse range of people including researchers and students at universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as private landowners in the United States and Mexico.


Blumstein, D. T., D. J. Mennill, P. Clemins, L. Girod, K. Yao, G. Patricelli, J. L. Deppe, A. H. Krakauer, A. Kirschel, C. Clark, K. A. Cortopassi, S. F. Hanser, B. McCowan, D. J. Mennill, and A. Mantik Ali. 2011. Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments: applications, technological considerations, and prospectus. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 758-767.

Walk, J. W., M. P. Ward, T. J. Benson, J. L. Deppe, S. Lischka, S. Bailey, and J. D. Brawn. 2010. Illinois Birds: A Century of Change. Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication 31. University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.
Celis Murillo, A., J. L. Deppe, and M. F. Allen. 2009. Using soundscape recordings to estimate species abundance, richness, and composition. Journal of Field Ornithology 80:64-78.

Deppe, J. L., and J. T. Rotenberry. 2008. Scale-dependent habitat use by fall migratory birds: vegetation architecture, floristics, and geographic consistency. Ecological Monographs 78:461-487.

Smith, J. A., and J. L. Deppe. 2008. Simulating the effects of wetland loss and inter-annual variability on the fitness of migratory bird species. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2008. IGARSS 2008. IEEE International 4:838-841.

Smith, J. A., and J. L. Deppe. 2008. Space-based ornithology – studying bird migration and environmental change in North America. Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology X. Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 7104, 710402; DOI: 10.1117/12.801243.

Deppe, J. L., K. Wessels, and J. A. Smith. 2007. Alaska at the crossroads of migration: space-based ornithology. Alaska Park Science 6:53-58.

Deppe, J. L., and J. T. Rotenberry. 2005. Temporal patterns in fall migrant communities in Yucatan, Mexico. Condor 107:229-245.

Conference Presentations

Alessi, M., B. O'Neal, T. J. Benson, J. L. Deppe, T. A. Beveroth, D. A. Enstrom, and M. P. Ward. 2010. Spring Stopover Ecology of American Golden-Plovers in East-Central Illinois. 71st Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Deppe, J. L., M. P. Ward, R. H. Diehl, J. A. Smolinsky, E. H. Paxton, A. Celis-Murillo, D. A. Enstrom, T. A. Beveroth, A. Raim, F. R. Moore, D. K. Delaney, and W. W. Cochran. 2010. Tracking migratory songbirds across the Gulf of Mexico via automated radio-telemetry systems: behavioral strategies for crossing large geographic barriers. International Ornithological Conference, Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil.

Walk, J. W., M. P. Ward, T. J. Benson, J. L. Deppe, S. Lischka, and J. D. Brawn. 2010. A Century of Change: Bird Communities of Illinois, 1906-1909, 1956-1958 and 2006-2008. The 128th Meeting of the AOU, 80th Meeting of the COS, and 28th Meeting of the SCO, San Diego, CA.

Ward, M. P., J. W. Walk, T. J. Benson, J. L. Deppe, and J. D. Brawn. 2010. Range expansion of birds over the last 100 years in Illinois. The 128th Meeting of the AOU, 80th Meeting of the COS, and 28th Meeting of the SCO, San Diego, CA.

Benson, T. J., M. P. Ward, J. W. Walk, J. L. Deppe, and J. D. Brawn. 2009. Examining 100-year changes in occupancy and relative abundance of Illinois birds. 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Springfield, IL.

Deppe, J. L., J. W. Walk, M. P. Ward, T. J. Benson, and J. D. Brawn. 2009. Changes in Illinois landscapes over the past 50 years and their potential impacts on bird communities. 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Springfield, IL.

Deppe, J. L., A. Celis Murillo, M. P. Ward, D. A. Enstrom, and D. Tcheng. 2008. Invited Seminar. Perspectives from a field researcher: how bioacoustic technology can provide answers to ecological questions. NSF-sponsored workshop "Bioacoustic monitoring in the terrestrial environment". University of California James Reserve, CA.

Deppe, J. L. 2007. Invited Seminar. Spatial and temporal dynamics of avian populations and communities: implications for conservation. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.

Deppe, J. L. 2006. Invited Seminar. Stopover ecology of migratory songbirds in southern Mexico: Integrating small-scale ecological relationships into continental migration models. Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

Deppe, J. L. 2005. Invited Seminar. Development of an ecosystem conservation program in the Yucatan Peninsula: the advantages of multidisciplinary international relationships. University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), UC Riverside, CA.

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