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Brian Rolek

Brian Rolek


  • University of Maine (tentative) 2018
  • MS Auburn University 2009
  • BS University of Massachusetts 2003


My research has generally focused on conservation of wildlife. I have published on the effects of climate change on bird communities and habitat association of birds; with a focus on modeling. I am originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania but have since moved to the East Coast of North America to pursue my interests in biology and wildlife. I enjoy everything outdoors. A few of my favorite activities include traveling, hiking, camping, and bird watching.

Research Interests

I am currently working towards my Ph.D. with the USGS Cooperative Unit at the University of Maine. My research investigates the influence of forestry management practices in New England on diversity and composition of bird communities at multiple scales. I will also focus on species of concern that may be affected by these management practices.

Research Publications

  • Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2018. Regenerating clearcuts combined with postharvest forestry treatments promote habitat for breeding and post-breeding spruce-fir avian assemblages in the Atlantic Northern Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 392-413. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779;

Technical Publications

  • Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 281

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute