Meet the Fisheries and Wildlife Faculty
Charles Nilon, Ph.D.
Fisheries and Wildlife
- Phone: 573-882-3738
- E-mail: NilonC@missouri.edu
- Address: 302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
- Personal Web site: http://www.missouri.edu/~nilonc/mypage.htm
- Ph.D., 1986, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- Urban Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Human Dimensions in Wildlife Management.
- Nilon's research considers the impact of urbanization on wildlife habitats, populations and communities. Included in this research are projects ranging in location and degree of development from inner city neighborhoods in St. Louis and Baltimore to the more suburban and rapidly urbanizing areas in and around Columbia, Missouri. Since 1997, Nilon has ben a co-principal investigator on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. The project in Baltimore and a similar one in Phoenix are the first two urban ecosystems included in the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program. His work with the BES focuses on understanding how physical, ecological and socioeconomic factors influence the abundance and composition of vertebrate species. Because urban areas are homes for people as well as wildlife, Nilon's research also considers the role of nature as part of an individual's day-to-day environment, and environmental justice issues associated with access to nature. Nilon and his students have worked on projects in Kansas City and St. Louis that seek to understand how people perceive open spaces in their neighborhood. Recently he has collaborated with colleagues from the MU School of Medicine on a project studying the kinds of open spaces where children are active.
- Nilon, C.H. 2011.
Urban biodiversity and the importance of management and conservation. Landscape and Ecological Engineering 7:45-52.
- J.W. LeMaster, T. Matisziw, J. McElroy, C. Nilon, S.P. Sayers, and S.W. Stanis. 2011.
Playgrounds without borders: Methods for a playground environmental intervention among U.S. schoolchildren. The Internet Journal of Epidemiology 10(1).
- Pickett, S.T.A., M.L. Cadenasso, J. M. Grove, C.G. Boone, P.M. Groffman, E. Irwin, S.S. Kaushal, V. Marshall, B.P. McGrath, C.H. Nilon, R.V. Pouyat, K. Szlavecz, A. Troy, P. Warren.
Urban ecological systems: Scientific foundations and a decade of progress. Journal of Environmental Management 92: 331-362 2011
- Shochat, E., S. B. Lerman, J. M Anderies, P. S. Warren, S. H. Faeth, and C. H. Nilon. 2010.
Invasion, competition and biodiversity loss in urban ecosystems. BioScience 60:199-208.
- Broun, C.N., C.H. Nilon, R.A. Pierce II. 2009.
An evaluation of the Missouri Master Naturalist Program and implications for program expansion. Journal of Extension 47(3)
- Nilon, C.H. 2009.
Comparative studies of terrestrial vertebrates in urban areas, p. 177-184. In M.J. McDonnell, A. Hahs and J. Breuste, eds. Ecology of Cities and Towns: A comparative approach. Cambridge University Press.
- Nilon, C.H., P.S. Warren, and J. Wolf. 2009.
Baltimore Birdscape Study: Identifying habitat and land-cover variables for an urban bird-monitoring project. Urban Habitats 6
- Parker, T.S. and C.H. Nilon 2008.
Gray squirrel density, habitat suitability, and behavior in urban parks. Urban Ecosystems 11:243-255.
- Pickett, S.T.A., M.L. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove, L.E. Band, C.G. Boone, W.R. Burch, Jr, C.S.B. Grimmond, J. Hom, J.C. Jenkins, N.L. Law, C. H. Nilon, R.V. Pouyat, K. Szlavecz, P.S. Warren, and M.A. Wilson. 2008.
Beyond urban legends: New, unexpected, or complex results from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. BioScience 52:883–890.
- Van Velsor, S.M. and C.H. Nilon. 2008.
A qualitative investigation of the urban African-American and Latino adolescent experience with wildlife. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 11:359-370.
- Middendorf, G. and C. Nilon. 2007.
Linking ecology and environmental justice. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 88(2):160-165.
- Azerrad, J.M, and C.H. Nilon. 2006.
An evaluation of agency conservation guidelines to better address planning efforts by local government. Landscape and Urban Planning 77:255-262.
- Middendorf, G. and C. Nilon. 2005.
A cross-town walk to assess environmental changes along an urban socioeconomic gradient. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology 3: Experiment 3.
- Middendorf, G., B. Grant, J. Cubit, G. Love, C. Nilon, G. Peterson, L.M. Jablonski, T.C. Poling. 2003.
The challenge of environmental justice. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 1:154-160.
- Berkowitz, A.R., C.H. Nilon, and K.S. Hollweg, eds. 2002.
Understanding urban ecosystems: A new frontier for science and education. Springer-Verlag, New York.
- Pickett, STA, ML Cadenasso, JM Grove, CH Nilon, RV Pouyat, WC Zipperer, and R Costanza. 2001.
Urban ecological systems: Linking terrestrial ecology, physical, and socioeconomic components of metropolitan areas. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 32:127-157.