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Christine Ribic

Research Publications

  • Ribic, C.A., D.J. Rugg, N. Koper, K. Ellison, and C. Ng. 2019. Behavior of adult and young grassland songbirds at fledging. Journal of Field Ornithology 90:143-153. DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12289
  • Pasternak, G.,C.A. Ribic, E. Spanier, A. Ariel, B. Mayzel, S. Ohayon, and D. Zviely. 2019. Nearshore survey and cleanup of benthic marine debris using citizen science divers along the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Ocean and Coastal Management 175: 17-32.
  • Donner, D.M., D.J. Brown, C.A. Ribic, M. Nelson, and T. Greco. 2018. Managing forest habitat for conservation-reliant species in a changing climate: the case of the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. Forest Ecology and Management 430:265-279.
  • Ribic, C.A., C. Ng, N. Koper, K. Ellison, P.J. Pietz, and D. J. Rugg. 2018. Diel fledging patterns in grassland passerines: relative impacts of energetics and predation risk. The Auk 135: 1100-1112.
  • Zuckerberg, B., C.A. Ribic, and L.A. McCauley. 2018. Effects of temperature and precipitation on grassland bird nesting success as mediated by patch size. Conservation Biology 32:872-882.
  • Wolcott, D.M., D.M. Donner, D.J. Brown, and C.A. Ribic. 2018. Kirtland’s warbler winter habitat changes across the Bahamian Archipelago in response to future climate condition scenarios. Caribbean Naturalist 49:1-20.
  • Pasternak, G., D. Zviely, A. Ariel, E. Spanier, and C.A. Ribic. 2018. Message in a Bottle - the story of floating plastic in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Waste Management 77:67-77.
  • McCauley, L.A., C.A. Ribic, L.Y. Pomara, and B. Zuckerberg. 2017. The future demographic niche of a declining grassland bird fails to shift poleward in response to climate change. Landscape Ecology 32: 807-821.
  • Byers, C.M., C. A. Ribic, D. W. Sample., J.D. Dadisman, and M. R. Guttery. 2017. Grassland bird productivity in warm season grass fields in southwest Wisconsin. American Midland Naturalist 178:47-63.
  • Brown, D.J., C.A. Ribic, D.M. Donner, M.D. Nelson, C.I. Bocetti, C.M. Deloria-Sheffeld. 2017. Using a full annual cycle model to evaluate long-term population viability of the conservation-reliant Kirtland’s warbler after successful recovery. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 439–449
  • Guttery, M.R., C.A. Ribic, D. Sample, A. Paulios, C. Trosen, J. Dadisman, D. Schneider, and J.A. Horton. 2017. Scale-specific habitat relationships influence patch occupancy: defining neighborhoods to optimize the effectiveness of landscape-scale grassland bird conservation. Landscape Ecology 32:515-529

  • Dudzinski, K.M. and C.A. Ribic. 2017. Pectoral fin contact as a mechanism for social bonding among dolphins. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4:30-48.
  • Pasternak, G., D. Zviely, C.A. Ribic, A. Ariel, and E. Spanier. 2017. Sources, composition and spatial distribution of marine debris along the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Marine Pollution Bulletin 114:1036-1045.
  • Ribic, C.A., D.M. Donner, A.J. Beck, D.J. Rugg, S. Reinecke, and D. Eklund, Beaver colony density trends on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, 1987 – 2013. 2017. PLoS ONE 12(1):e0170099. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170099.
  • Ribic, C.A., D.J. Rugg, D.M. Donner, A.J. Beck, and BJ Byers. 2016. The Moquah Barrens Research Natural Area: loss of a pine barrens ecosystem. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station General Technical Report NRS-161.

  • Thompson, S.J., D.H. Johnson, N.D. Niemuth, and C.A. Ribic. 2015. Avoidance of unconventional oil wells and roads exacerbates habitat loss for grassland birds in the North American Great Plains. Biological Conservation 192: 82-90.
  • Drum, R. G., C.A. Ribic, K. Koch, E. Lonsdorf, E. Grant, M. Alhering, L. Barnhill, T. Daily, S. Lor, C. Mueller, D. Pavlecky, C. Rideout, and D. Sample. 2015. Strategic Grassland Bird Conservation throughout the annual cycle: Linking policy alternatives, landowner decisions, and biological population outcomes. PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0142525.
  • Donner, D.M., C.A. Ribic, A.J. Beck, D. Higgins, D. Eklund, and S. Reinecke. 2015. Woodland pond salamander abundance in relation to forest management and environmental conditions in northern Wisconsin. Journal of North American Herpetology 2015(1): 34-42.
  • LeDee, O.E. and C.A. Ribic. 2015. Determining candidates for climate change management action: a case study from Wisconsin. Journal of Conservation Planning 11:1-12.
  • Hagell, S. and C.A. Ribic. 2014. Barriers to climate-adaptive wildlife management: A survey of researchers and managers in Wisconsin. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38: 672-681.
  • Ellison, K., E. K. Hofmeister, C. A. Ribic, and D. W. Sample. 2014. Relatively high prevalence of pox-like lesions in Henslow’s Sparrow among nine species of migratory grassland passerines in Wisconsin. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50: 810-816.
  • Vegter, A. M. Barletta, C. Beck, J. Borrero, H. Burton, M.L. Campbell, M. Eriksen, C. Eriksson, A. Estrades, K. Gilardi, B.D. Hardesty, J. Assunção Ivar do Sul, J.L. Lavers, B. Lazar, L. Lebreton, W. J. Nichols, C.A. Ribic, P. Ryan, Q.A. Schuyler, S.D.A. Smith, H. Takada, K. Townsend, C. C.C. Wabnitz, C. Wilcox, L. Young, and M. Hamann. 2014. Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife. Endangered Species Research 25: 225-247.
  • Ballerini, T. E.E. Hofmann, D.G. Ainley, K. Daly, M. Marrari, C.A. Ribic, W.O. Smith, and J.H. Steele. 2014. Productivity and linkages of the food web of the southern region of the western Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf. Progress in Oceanography 122:10-29.
  • LeDee, O.E., S. Hagell, K. Martin, D. McFarland, M. Meyer, A. Paulios, C. A. Ribic, D. Sample, and T. Van Deelen. 2013. Climate change impacts on Wisconsin’s wildlife: a preliminary assessment. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Technical Bulletin No. 197.
  • Ellison, K., C.A. Ribic, D.W. Sample, M.J. Fawcett, and J.D. Dadisman. 2013. Impacts of tree rows on grassland birds and potential nest predators: a removal experiment. PLOS One 8(4): e59151.
  • Vos, S. M. and C.A. Ribic. 2013. Nesting success of grassland birds in oak barrens and dry prairies in west central Wisconsin. Northeastern Naturalist 20: 131-142.

  • Fraser, W.R., D. L. Patterson-Fraser, C. A. Ribic., O. Schofield., and H. Ducklow. 2013. A non-marine source of variability in Adélie Penguin demography. Oceanography 26(3): 77-79.
  • Robertson, B.A., R.A. Rice, T. S. Sillett, B.A. Babcock, D.A. Landis, C.A. Ribic, J. R. Herkert, R.J. Fletcher, Jr., Joseph J. Fontaine, P.J. Doran, and D.W. Schemske. 2012. Agroenergy and the fate of grassland birds in the United States. . Condor 114: 679-688.
  • Ellison, K.S. and C.A. Ribic. 2012. Nest defense: grassland bird responses to snakes. Studies in Avian Biology 43:149-160.
  • Pietz, P.J., D.A. Granfors, and C.A. Ribic. 2012. Knowledge gained from video-monitoring grassland passerine nests. Studies in Avian Biology 43:3-22.

  • Ribic, C. A., M. J. Guzy, T. A. Anderson, D. W. Sample, and J. L. Nack. 2012. Bird productivity and nest predation in agricultural grasslands. Studies in Avian Biology 43: 119-134.
  • Ribic, C.A., S.B. Sheavly, and J. Klavitter. 2012. Baseline for beached marine debris on Sand Island, Midway Atoll. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 1726-1729.

  • Slay, C. M., K. S. Ellison, C. A. Ribic, K. G. Smith, and C. M. Schmitz. 2012. Nocturnal activity of nesting shrubland and grassland passerines. Studies in Avian Biology 43: 105-116.
  • Thompson, F.R. and C.A. Ribic. 2012. Conservation implications when the nest predators are known.Studies in Avian Biology 43:23-34.
  • Ribic, C.A., S.B. Sheavly, D.J. Rugg, and E.S. Erdmann. 2012. Trends in marine debris along the US Pacific coast and Hawai’i 1998-2007. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 994-1004.
  • Ainley, D.G., C.A. Ribic and E.J. Woehler. 2012. Adding the ocean to the study of seabirds: a brief history of at-sea seabird research. Marine Ecology Progress Series 451: 231-243.
  • LeDee, O.E., W.H. Karasov, K.J. Martin, M.W. Meyer, C.A. Ribic, and T.R. Van Deelen. 2011. Envisioning the future of wildlife in a changing climate: collaborative learning for adaptation planning. Wildlife Bulletin 35: 508-513.
  • Chapman, E.W., E.E. Hofmann, D.L. Patterson, C.A. Ribic, and W.R. Fraser. 2011. Marine and terrestrial factors affecting Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) chick growth and recruitment off the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Marine Ecology Progress Series 436: 273-289.
  • Ribic, C.A., D.G. Ainley, R. G. Ford, W. R. Fraser, C. T. Tynan, and E. J. Woehler. 2011. Water masses, ocean fronts, and the structure of Antarctic seabird communities: putting the eastern Bellingshausen Sea in perspective. Deep Sea Research II 58: 1695-1709.
  • Erdmann, E.S., C.A. Ribic, D.L. Patterson-Fraser, and W.R. Fraser. 2011. Characterization of winter foraging locations of Adelie Penguins along the Western Antarctic Peninsula, 2001-2002. Deep Sea Research II 58: 1710-1718.
  • Ribic, C.A., S.B. Sheavly, and D.J. Rugg. 2011. Trends in Marine Debris in the U.S. Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico 1996-2003. Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management 11:7-19.
  • Vos, S.M. and C.A. Ribic. 2011. Grassland bird use of oak barrens and dry prairies in Wisconsin. Natural Areas Journal 31: 26-33.
  • Ribic, C.A., S.B. Sheavly, D.J. Rugg, and E.S. Erdmann. 2010. Trends and drivers of marine debris on the Atlantic coast of the United States 1997-2007. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 1231-1242.

  • Donner, D.M., C.A. Ribic, and J.R. Probst. 2010. Patch dynamics and the timing of colonization-abandonment events by male Kirtland’s Warblers in an early succession habitat. Biological Conservation 143: 1159-1167.
  • Murray, L.D., C. A. Ribic, and K. Ellison. 2009. Red-headed woodpecker habitat associations in southwest Wisconsin. Passenger Pigeon 71: 367-373.

  • Donner, D.M., C.A. Ribic, and J.R. Probst. 2009. Male Kirtland’s warblers' patch-level response to landscape structure during periods of varying population size and habitat amounts. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 1093-1101.
  • Dudzinski, K.M., J.D. Gregg, C.A. Ribic, and S.A. Kuczaj. 2009. A comparison of pectoral fin contact between two different wild dolphin populations. Behavioural Processes 80: 182-190
  • Johnson, D.H., J.P. Gibbs, M. Herzog, S, Lor, N.D. Niemuth, C.A. Ribic, M. Seamans, T.L. Shaffer, W.G. Shriver, S.V. Stehman, and W.L. Thompson. 2009. A sampling design framework for monitoring secretive marshbirds. Waterbirds 32: 203-215.
  • Ribic, C. A., R. R. Koford, J. R. Herkert, D. H. Johnson, N. D. Niemuth, D. Naugle, K. K. Bakker, D.W. Sample, and R.B. Renfrew. 2009. Area sensitivity in North American grassland birds: patterns and processes. The Auk 126: 233-244.
  • Joly, D. O., D. M. Heisey, M. D. Samuel, C. A. Ribic, N. J. Thomas, S. D. Wright, and I. E. Wright. 2009. Estimating cause specific mortality rates using recovered carcasses. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45: 122-127.
  • Ribic, C. A., M. J. Guzy, and D. W. Sample. 2009. Grassland bird use of remnant prairie and Conservation Reserve Program fields in an agricultural landscape in Wisconsin. American Midland Naturalist 161: 110-122.
  • Ducklow, H. W., M. Erickson, J. Kelly, M. Montes-Hugo, C. A. Ribic, R. C. Smith, S. E. Stammerjohn, and D. M. Karl. 2008. Particle export from the upper ocean over the continental shelf of the west Antarctic Peninsula: a long-term record, 1992-2007. Deep Sea Research II 55: 2118-2131
  • Donner, D. M., J. R. Probst, and C. A. Ribic. 2008. Influence of habitat amount, arrangement, and use on population trend estimates of male Kirtland's Warblers. Landscape Ecology 23: 467-480.
  • Murray, L.D., C.A. Ribic, W.E. Thogmartin, and M.G. Knutson. 2008. Accuracy assessment of predictive models of grassland bird abundances in the prairie hardwood transition. Condor 110: 747-755.
  • Ribic, C. A., E. W. Chapman, W. R. Fraser, G. L. Lawson, and P. H. Wiebe. 2008. To predators in relation to bathymetry, ice, and krill during austral winter in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica. Deep-Sea Research II 55:485-499.
  • Renfrew, R. B., and C. A. Ribic. Multi-scale models of grassland passerine abundance in a fragmented system in Wisconsin. Landscape Ecology 23:181-193.
  • Murray, L. D., C. A. Ribic, and W. E. Thogmartin. 2008. Relationship of obligate grassland birds to landscape structure in Wisconsin. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:463-467.
  • Guzy, M. J., and C. A. Ribic. 2007. Post-breeding season habitat use and movements of adult female and juvenile Eastern Meadowlarks in southwestern Wisconsin. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119:198-204.
  • Ribic, C. 2006. Sora in Atlas of the breeding birds of Wisconsin (N. J. Cutright, B. R. Harriman, and R. W. Howe, eds. ). The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Inc., Waukesha, WI, p. 184.
  • Ribic, C. 2006. Virginia Rail in Atlas of the breeding birds of Wisconsin (N. J. Cutright, B. R. Harriman, and R. W. Howe, eds. ). The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Inc. Waukesha, WI. p. 182.
  • Creuwels, J. C. S., J. S. Stark, E. J. Woehler, J. A. van Franeker, and C. A. Ribic. 2005. Monitoring of a Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) population on the Frazier Island, Wilkes Land, Antarctica. Polar Biology 28:483-493.
  • Renfrew, R. B., C. A. Ribic, J. L. Nack. 2005. Edge avoidance by nesting grassland birds: a futile strategy in a fragmented landscape. Auk 122:618-636.
  • Anthony, N. M., C. A. Ribic, R. Bautz, and T. Garland, Jr. 2005. Comparative effectiveness of Longworth and Sherman live-traps. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:1018-1026.
  • Roth, A. M., C. A. Ribic, L. Paine, D. W. Sample, D. J. Undersander, and G. A. Bartelt. 2005. Grassland bird response to harvesting switchgrass as a biomass energy crop. Biomass and Bioenergy 28:490-498.
  • Nack, J. L., and C. A. Ribic. 2005. Cattle disturbance to ground-nesting grassland bird nests in southwestern Wisconsin pastures. Wilson Bulletin 117:56-62.
  • Chapman, E. W., C. A. Ribic and W. R. Fraser. 2004. The distribution of seabirds and pinnipeds in Marguerite Bay and their relationship to physical features during austral winter 2001. Deep Sea Research Part II 51:2261-2278.
  • Gauthier-Clerc, M., J. P. Gendner, C. A. Ribic, W. R. Fraser, E. J. Woehler, S. Descamps, C. Gillyl, C. LeBohec, and Y. LeMano. 2004. Long-term effects of flipper-bands on penguins. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl. ), Online, doi:10. 1098/rsbl. 2004. 0201.
  • Ribic, C. 2004. A layperson's guide to the Southern Ocean; The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife (book review). BioScience 54:164-165.
  • Ainley, D. G., C. A. Ribic, G. Ballard, S. Heath, I. Gaffney, B. J. Karl, K. Barton, P. Wilson and S. Webb. 2004. Geographic structure of Adelie Penguin populations: overlap in colony-specific foraging areas. Ecological Monographs 74:159-178.
  • Renfrew, R. B., and C. A. Ribic. 2003. Gassland passerine nest predators near edges based on video footage. Auk 120:371-383.
  • Strauss, E., C. A. Ribic, and W. D. Shuford. 2002. Abundance and distribution of migratory shorebirds at Mono Lake, California. Western Birds 3:222-240.
  • Woehler, E. J., M. J. Riddle, and C. A. Ribic. 2003. Long-term population trends in southern giant petrels in east Antarctica. IN Antarctic biology in a global context (A. H. L. Huiskes, W. W. C. Gieskes, J. Rozema, R. M. L. Schorno, S. M. Van der Vies, and W. J. Wolff, eds. ), Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 290-295.
  • Anderson, D. R., E. G. Cooch, R. J. Gutierrez, C. J. Krebs, M. S. Lindberg, K. H. Pollock, C. A. Ribic, and T. M. Shenk. 2003. IN MY OPINION Rigorous science: suggestions on how to raise the bar. Wildlife Society Bulletin 31(1):296-305.
  • Sample, D. w., C. A. Ribic, and R. B. Renfrew. 2003. Linking landscape management with the conservation of grassland birds in Wisconsin. IN Landscape ecology and resource management: linking theory and practice. (J. Bissonette and I. Storch, eds. ). Island Press, Washington, DC. pages 359-385.
  • Ainley, D. G., Ballard, K. J., Barton, B. J., Karl, G. H. Rau, C. A. Ribic and P. R. Wilson. 2003. Spatial and temporal variation of diet within a presumed metapopulation of Adelie penguins. Condor 105:95-106.
  • Joly, D. O., C. A. Ribic, J. A. Langenberg, K. Beheler, C. A. Batha, B. H. Dhuey, R. E. Rolley, G. Bartelt, T. R. Van Deelen, and M. D. Samuel. 2003. Chronic wasting disease in free-ranging Wisconsin white-tailed deer. Emerging Infectious Diseases 9:599-601.
  • Guzy, M., C. A. Ribic, and D. W. Sample. 2002. Helping at a Henslow's Sparrow (Ammondramus henslowii) nest in Wisconsin. Wilson Bulletin 114:222-240.
  • Renfrew, R. B., and C. A. Ribic. 2002. Influence of topography on density of grassland passerines in pastures. American Midland Naturalist 147:315-325.
  • Ribic, C. 2002. The Worst Journey in the World. The Passenger Pigeon 64: 75-76.
  • Chapman, E. W., and C. A. Ribic. 2002. The impact of buffer strips and stream-side grazing on small mammals in southwestern Wisconsin. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 88:49-59.
  • Davis, R. W., J. G. Ortega-Ortiz, C. A. Ribic, W. E. Evans, D. C. Biggs, P. H. Ressler, J. H. Wormuth, R. R. Leben, K. D. Mullin, and B. Wursig. 2002. Cetacean habitat in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Research Part I 49:121-142.
  • Paine, L. K., and C. A. Ribic. 2002. Comparison of riparian plant communities under four land management systems in southwestern Wisconsin. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 92:93-105.
  • Ribic, C. A., and D. W. Sample. 2001. Associations of grassland birds with landscape factors in southern Wisconsin. American Midland Naturalist 146:105-121.
  • Woehler, E. J, J. Cooper, J. P. Croxall, W. R. Fraser, G. L. Kooyman, G. D. Miller, D. C. Nel, D. L. Patterson, H-U. Peter, C. A. Ribic, K. Salwicka, W. Z. Trivelpiece, and H. Weimerskirch. 2001. A statistical assessment of the status and trends of Antarctic and Subantarctic seabirds. Report to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Cambridge, England. (peer-reviewed)
  • Ballard, G., D. G. Ainley, C. A. Ribic, and K. Barton. 2001. Effect of instrument attachment on foraging trip duration and nesting success of Adelie penguins. Condor 103: 481-490.
  • Renfrew, R. B., and C. A. Ribic. 2001. Grassland birds associated with agricultural riparian practices in southwestern Wisconsin. Journal of Range Management 54:546-552.
  • Hess, N. A., C. A. Ribic, and I. Vining. 1999. Benthic marine debris, with an emphasis on fishery-related items, surrounding Kodiak Island, Alaska, 1994-1996. Marine Pollution Bulletin 38:885-890.
  • Ribic, C. A. 1999. Rails in Wisconsin with a focus on Sora and Virginia Rail. The Passenger Pigeon 61:277-289.
  • Ribic, C. A., D. Curson, and K. Lewandowski. 1998. Baseline bird surveys of six USFWS Waterfowl Production Areas in Polk and Dunn counties, June 1996. The Passenger Pigeon 60: 313-319.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 6

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 26

Presentations: 46


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Unit Leader

Christine Ribic

Dr. Ribic has experience working on conservation issues both in the terrestrial and marine ecosystems. She is trained as an ecologist and as a statistician.

Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wisconsin
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources