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EIU Department of Biology

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Dr. Jill L Deppe, Associate Professor

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

BIO 5380 (Landscape Ecology) M W 11:00-11:50am LFSB 3011
BIO 5380 (Landscape Ecology Lab) T 11am - 1pm LS Annex 1130
BIO 2002G (Environmental Life Science) M W 12:00-1:15pm LFSB 2080
Office Hours  T 2:00-3:30pm, W 10-11am LFSB 3052

Frequently Taught Courses

Wildlife Techniques
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Landscape Ecology
Environmental Health and Sustainability
Environmental Life Science (non-majors)


Ph.D. in Biology (Evolutionary Biology), University of California, Riverside, CA
B.S. in Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Professional Organizations

Elected Positions
American Ornithological Society Representative, Ornithological Council Board of Directors
American Ornithological Society, Elective Member

Associate Editor
The Condor: Ornithological Applications; 2015-present
Professional Societies
American Ornithological Society
American Society of Mammalogists
Association of Field Ornithologists
Midwest Bat Working Group
The Wildlife Society (EIU Student Chapter Faculty Advisor)


Songbird migration in the Gulf of Mexico -

Conservation of Bats in Illinois -

Berkeley Electronic Press SelectedWorks

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) avian migration ecology, (2) bat ecology, (3) wildlife responses to bioenergy crops, and (4), evaluation and application of acoustic recording technology 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, Mexico and Cuba.

Selected Publications

Obringer, R., G. Bohrer, R. Weinzierl, S. Dodge, J. Shamoun-Baranes, J. L. Deppe, M. P. Ward, R. H. Diehl, D. Brandes, R. Kays, and M. Wikelski. In Press. Track annotation: determining the environmental context of movements through the air. In P. Chilson, F. Frick, J. Kelly, F. Liechti, Eds. Aeroecology, Springer. Anticipated publication date: February 2018

Schofield, L. N., J. L. Deppe, J. A. Smolinsky, R. Bolus, M. P. Ward, R. H. Diehl, T. J. Zenzal, and F. R. Moore. In Press. Species differences in migratory quiescence at a fall stopover site on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Zenzal, T. J., F. R. Moore, R. H. Diehl, M. P. Ward, and J. L. Deppe. In Press. Migratory hummingbirds make their own rules: factors influencing the decision to resume migration along an ecological barrier. Animal Behavior.

Bolus, R., R. H. Diehl, F. R. Moore, J. L. Deppe, M. P. Ward, J. A. Smolinksy, and T. J. Zenzal. 2017. Swainson’s Thrushes do not show strong wind selectivity prior to crossing the Gulf of Mexico.Scientific Reports 7:14280

Cohen, E. B., W. C. Barrow, Jr., J. J. Buler, J. L. Deppe, A. Farnsworth, P. P. Marra, S. R. McWilliams, D. W. Mehlman, R. R. Wilson, M. S. Woodrey, and F. R. Moore. 2017. Understanding how en route events around the Gulf of Mexico impact intercontinental migratory landbird populations. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119:327-343.

Deppe, J. L.,M. P. Ward, R. Bolus, R. H. Diehl, A. Celis-Murillo, T. J. Zenzal, Jr., F. R. Moore, T. J. Benson, J. A. Smolinsky, L. N. Schofield, D. A. Enstrom, E. H. Paxton, G. Bohrer, T. A. Beveroth, A. Raim, R. Obringer, D. A. Delaney, and W. W. Cochran. 2015. Fat, weather, and date affect migratory songbirds’ departure decisions, routes, and crossing times in the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:E6331-E6338, doi:10.1073/pnas.1503381112

Stodola, K., B. O’Neil, M. Alessi, J. L. Deppe, T. Dallas, T. A. Beveroth, T. J. Benson, and M. P. Ward. 2014. Stopover ecology of American Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis dominica) in Midwestern agricultural fields. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 116:162-172.

Celis-Murillo, A., J. L. Deppe, and M. P. Ward. 2012. Effectiveness and utility of acoustic recordings for surveying tropical birds. Journal of Field Ornithology 83:166-179.

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.

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.

Smith, J. A., and J. L. Deppe. 2007. Simulating bird migration using satellites and biophysics. In J. P. Wilson, Ed., EMS ’07 Proceedings of the Third IASTED International Conference on Environmental Modeling and Simulation, pp. 14-19. Acta Press, Anaheim, CA. 

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

“Challenges of Bird Migration in the Gulf of Mexico” Social media video;

“Attaching radio transmitters to songbirds” Educational video;

Press coverage
“Smithsonian-led study lays groundwork to uncover role of migration in bird population declines,” Smithsonian National Zoo Newsroom (3 May 2017);

“Un paso vital para las aves migratorias,” Diario de Yucatan (18 March 2016);

“Risk Assessment, for the birds,” NSF News Release (2 November 2015);

“Full Bat-tery of Data: EIU student research provides data as IDNR establishes management plans for local bat populations,” EIU 360° (15 October 2015);

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