Michael A. Patten
Selected Publications




Patten MA, McCaskie G, Unitt P (2003) Birds of the Salton Sea: Status, Biogeography, and Ecology. University of California Press, Berkeley. xi + 363 pp.

Hamilton RA, Patten MA, Erickson RA, editors (2007) Rare Birds of California. Western Field Ornithologists, San Diego, California. viii+ 596 pp.




Patten MA, Burger JC (ms.) The joint probability of wildlife activity and human activity. Ecological Applications, in review.

Bried JT, Dvorett D, Feng X, Hjalmarson EA, Jog S, Smith-Patten BD, White EL, Patten MA (ms.) Effects of multistate species occurrence on community gradient modeling, hypothesis testing, and bioassessment. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, in review.

Fritts SF, Grisham BA, Haukos DA, Boal CW, Patten MA, Wolfe DH, Dixon CE, Cox RD, Heck WR (ms.) Long-term evaluation of Lesser Prairie-Chicken nest ecology in response to grassland restoration at two spatial scales. Journal of Wildlife Management, in review.

Oyler-McCance SJ, DeYoung RW, Hagen CA, Johnson JA, Larsson LC, Patten MA (ms.) Rangewide genetic analysis of Lesser Prairie-Chicken reveals population structure, range expansion, and possible introgression. Conservation Genetics, in review.

Curry CM, Patten MA (ms.) Shadow of a doubt: premating and postmating isolating barriers in a temporally complex songbird (Passeriformes: Paridae) hybrid zone. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, in review.

Smyth JF, Patten MA, Pruett CL (2015) The evolutionary ecology of a species ring: A test of alternative models. Folia Zoologica 64:234–245.

Wolfe DH, Larsson LC, Patten MA (2015) The Lesser Prairie-Chicken in the mixed-grass prairie of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Studies in Avian Biology 48:301–316.

Pyron RA, Costa GC, Patten MA, Burbrink FT (2015) Phylogenetic niche conservatism and the evolutionary basis of ecological speciation. Biological Reviews 90:1248–1262.

Winder VL, Carrlson KM, Gregory AJ, Hagen CA, Haukos DA, Kesler D, Larsson LC, McNew LB, Patten MA, Pitman JC, Powell LA, Smith J, Thompson T, Wolfe DH, Sandercock BK (2015) Lek sites drive female resource use in ten populations of prairie-chickens. Ecosphere 6(9):166.

Patten MA, Bried JT, Smith-Patten BD (2015) Survey data matter: predicted niche of adult vs. confirmed breeding Odonata. Freshwater Science 34:1114–1122.

Bried JT, Dillon AM, Hager BJ, Patten MA, Luttbeg B (2015) Criteria to infer species residency in adult dragonfly surveys. Freshwater Science 34:1105–1113.

Smith-Patten BD, Bridge ES, Crawford PHC, Hough DJ, Kelly JF, Patten MA (2015) Is extinction forever? Public Understanding of Science 24:481–495.

Patten MA (2015) Subspecies and the philosophy of science. Auk: Ornithological Advances 132:481–485.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2015) Beyond surrogacy—A multi-taxon approach to conservation biogeography. Biotropica 47:128–135.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2015) The Saffron-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum) in Oklahoma. Argia 27(1):10–11.

Patten MA, Hartnett RN (2014) Explanation of residual variance is no cause for alarm. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12:545.

Curry CM, Patten MA (2014) Current and historical extent of phenotypic variation in the Tufted and Black-crested Titmouse (Paridae) hybrid zone in the southern Great Plains. American Midland Naturalist 171:271-300.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2014) The Oklahoma Odonata Project: Progress and trends. Argia 26(4):19–25.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2014) First Record of the Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) for Oklahoma. Argia 26(3):17–18.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2013) Odonata species of special concern for Oklahoma, USA. International Journal of Odonatology 16:327-350.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2013) Two new species, Lestes eurinus Say and L. forcipatus Rambur, for Oklahoma, with comments on other vagrant Lestes recorded in the state (Zygoptera: Lestidae). Notulae Odonatologicae 8:29-32.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2013) First record of the Marsh Bluet (Enallagma ebrium) for Colorado. Argia 25(3):26-27.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2013) First records of the Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) for Oklahoma. Argia 25(3):19-21.

Larsson LC, Pruett CL, Wolfe DH, Patten MA (2013) Fine-scale habitat selection by the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Southwestern Naturalist 58:135-149.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2013) Some Odonata from Belize. Argia 25(2):16-18.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2013) First record of the White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) for Oklahoma, and a review of the status of the Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (S. internum) in the state. Argia 25(2):12-13.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2012) Testing the microclimate hypothesis: Light environment and population trends of Neotropical birds. Biological Conservation 155:85–93.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2012) Stylurus intricatus, a new old record for Oklahoma. Argia 24(3):10–11.

Patten MA (2012) The White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) subspecies of South America. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 132:128–132.

Wolfe DH, Larsson LC, Oldenettel JR, Walker HA, Patten MA (2011) Status of populations of the White-tailed Ptarmigan at the southern edge of its range. Pp. 247–257 in Watson RT, Cade TJ, Fuller M, Hunt G, Potapov E, eds. Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2011) "As if" philosophy: Conservation biology’s real hope. BioScience 61:425–426.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2011) Predictors of occupancy trend across spatial scale. Conservation Biology 25:12031211.

Pruett CL, Johnson JA, Larsson LC, Wolfe DH, Patten MA (2011) Low effective population size constraints rapid demographic evolution in a grassland grouse. Conservation Genetics 12:1205–1214.

Patten MA, Reinking DL, Wolfe DH (2011) Hierarchical cues in brood parasite nest selection. Journal of Ornithology 152:521–532.

Wilson AG, Arcese P, Chan YL, Patten MA (2011) Micro-spatial genetic structure in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Conservation Genetics 12:213–222.

Patten MA, Gómez de Silva H, Ibarra AC, Smith-Patten BD (2011) An annotated list of the avifauna of Palenque, Chiapas. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 82:515–537.

Patten MA, Pruett CL, Wolfe DH (2011) Home range size and movements of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Studies in Avian Biology 39:51–62.

Patten MA, Kelly JF (2010) Habitat selection and the perceptual trap. Ecological Applications 20:2148–2156.

Patten MA, Gómez de Silva H, Smith-Patten BD (2010) Long-term changes in the bird community of Palenque, Chiapas, in response to rainforest loss. Biodiversity and Conservation 19:21–36.

Patten MA (2010) Null expectations in subspecies diagnosis. Ornithological Monographs 67:35–41.

Marantz CA, Patten MA (2010) Quantifying subspecies analysis: A case study of morphometric variation and subspecies in the woodcreeper genus Dendrocolaptes. Ornithological Monographs 67:123–140.

Bell LA, Fuhlendorf SD, Patten MA, Wolfe DH, Sherrod SK (2010) Lesser Prairie-Chicken hen and brood habitat use on sand shinnery oak. Rangeland Ecology and Management.63:478–486.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2010) Broken antehumeral stripes in a male Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet). Argia 22(3):20–21.

Pruett CL, Patten MA, Wolfe DH (2009) Avoidance behavior by prairie grouse: Implications for wind energy development. Conservation Biology 23:1253–1259.

Pruett CL, Patten MA, Wolfe DH (2009) It's not easy being green: Wind energy and a declining grassland bird. BioScience 59:257–262.

Patten MA, Pruett CL (2009) The Song Sparrow as a ring species: Patterns of geographic variation, a revision of subspecies, and implications for speciation. Systematics and Biodiversity 7:33–62.

Patten MA (2009) 'Subspecies' and 'race' should not be used as synonyms. Nature 457:147.

Wilson AG, Arcese P, Keller LF, Pruett CL, Winker K, Patten MA, Chan Y (2009) The contribution of island populations to in situ genetic conservation. Conservation Genetics 10:419–430.

Wolfe DH, Patten MA, Sherrod SK (2009) Reducing grouse collision mortality by marking fences. Ecological Restoration 27:141–143.

Pruett CL, Arcese P, Chan Y, Wilson A, Patten MA, Keller LF, Winker K (2008) The effects of contemporary processes in maintaining the genetic structure of western Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Heredity 101:67–74.

Pruett CL, Arcese P, Chan YL, Wilson AG, Patten MA, Keller LF, Winker K (2008) Concordant and discordant signals between genetic data and described subspecies of Pacific coast Song Sparrows. Condor 110:359–364.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2008) Biogeographical boundaries and Monmonier's algorithm: A case study in the northern Neotropics. Journal of Biogeography 35:407–416.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA (2008) Diversity, seasonality, and context of mammalian roadkills in the southern Great Plains. Environmental Management 41:844–852.

Patten MA (2008) The intersection of specialization and speciation. Journal of Biogeography 35:193–104.

Patten MA (2007) Geographic variation in calcium and clutch size. Journal of Avian Biology 38:637–643.

Wolfe DH, Patten MA, Shochat E, Pruett CL, Sherrod SK (2007) Causes and patterns of mortality in Lesser Prairie-Chickens and implications for management. Wildlife Biology 13(S1):95–104.

Bell LA, Pitman JC, Patten MA, Wolfe DH, Sherrod SK, Fuhlendorf SD (2007) Juvenile Lesser Prairie-Chicken growth and development in southeast New Mexico. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119:386–391.

Patten MA, Shochat E, Wolfe DH, Sherrod SK (2007) Lekking and nesting response of the Greater Prairie-Chicken to burning of tallgrass prairie. Proceedings of the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference 23:149–155.

Beck E, Patten MA (2007) Status of the Black Rail in Oklahoma, with recommendations for future research. Bulletin of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society 40:5–10..

Sibley DA, Bevier LR, Patten MA, Elphick CS (2007) Ivory-billed or Pileated Woodpecker? Science 315:1495–1496.

Smith-Patten BD, Patten MA, Dreiling MJ, Fisher J (2007) Phenology and new county records of Odonata of northeastern Oklahoma. Publications of the Oklahoma Biological Survey 8:1–13.

Boarman WI, Patten MA, Camp RJ, Collis SJ (2006) Ecology of a population of subsidized predators: Common Ravens in the central Mojave Desert, California. Journal of Arid Environments 67:248–261.

Patten MA, Shochat E, Reinking DL, Wolfe DH, Sherrod SK (2006) Habitat edge, land management, and rates of brood parasitism in tallgrass prairie. Ecological Applications 16:687–695.

Sibley DA, Bevier LR, Patten MA, Elphick CS (2006) Comment on "Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) persists in continental North America." Science 311:1555a. (3 pp.)

Patten MA, Wolfe DH, Shochat E, Sherrod SK (2005) Effects of microhabitat and microclimate selection on adult survivorship of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:1270–1278.

Shochat E, Patten MA, Morris DW, Reinking DL, Wolfe DH, Sherrod SK (2005) Ecological traps in isodars: Effects of tallgrass prairie management on bird nest success. Oikos 111:159–169.

Patten MA, Wolfe DH, Shochat E, Sherrod SK (2005) Habitat fragmentation, rapid evolution and population persistence. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7:235–249.

Bolger DT, Patten MA, Bostock DC (2005) Avian reproductive failure in response to an extreme climatic event. Oecologia 142:398–406.

Shochat E, Wolfe DH, Patten MA, Reinking DL, Sherrod SK (2005) Tallgrass prairie management and bird nest success along roadsides. Biological Conservation 121:399–407.

Patten MA, Rotenberry JT, Zuk M (2004) Habitat selection, acoustic adaptation, and the evolution of reproductive isolation. Evolution 58:2144–2155.

Patten MA (2004) Correlates of species richness of North American bat families. Journal of Biogeography 31:975–985.

Patten MA, Erickson RA, Unitt P (2004) Population changes and biogeographic affinities of the birds of the Salton Sink, California/Baja California. Studies in Avian Biology 27:24–32.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2004) Linking the Salton Sea with its past: The history and avifauna of Lake Cahuilla. Studies in Avian Biology 27:12–17.

Patten MA, Bolger DT (2003) Variation in top-down control of avian reproductive success across a fragmentation gradient. Oikos 101:479–488.

Patten MA, Unitt P (2002) Diagnosability versus mean differences of Sage Sparrow subspecies. Auk 119:26–35.

Rothstein SI, Patten MA, Fleischer RC (2002) Phylogeny, specialization, and brood parasite-host coevolution: Some possible pitfalls of parsimony. Behavioral Ecology 13:1–10.

Patten MA, Mellink E, Gómez de Silva H, Wurster TE (2001) Status and taxonomy of the Colorado Desert avifauna of Baja California. Monographs in Field Ornithology 3:29–63.

Patten MA, Erickson RA (2001) Conservation value and rankings of exotic species. Conservation Biology 15:817–818.

Burger JC, Patten MA, Prentice TR, Redak RA (2001) Evidence of spider community resilience to invasion by non-native spiders. Biological Conservation 92:241–249.

Patten MA, Lasley GW (2000) Range expansion of the Glossy Ibis in North America. North American Birds 54:241–247.

Patten MA, Campbell KF (2000) Typological thinking and the conservation of subspecies: The case of the San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike. Diversity and Distributions 6:177–188.

Patten MA, Erickson RA (2000) Population fluctuations of the Harris' Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) and its reappearance in California. Journal of Raptor Research 34:187–195.

Garrison BA, Erickson RA, Patten MA, Timossi IC (2000) Accuracy of wildlife model predictions for bird species occurrences in California counties. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:667–674.

Patten MA, Rotenberry JT (1999) The proximate effects of rainfall on clutch size of the California Gnatcatcher. Condor 101:876–880.

Burger JC, Patten MA, Rotenberry JT, Redak RA (1999) Foraging ecology of the California Gnatcatcher deduced from an analysis of fecal samples. Oecologia 120:304–310.

Erickson RA, Patten MA (1999) Identification and distribution of spiny pocket mice (Chaetodipus) in cismontane southern California. Bulletin Southern California Academy of Sciences 98:57–65.

Patten MA, Rotenberry JT (1998) Post-disturbance changes in a desert breeding bird community. Journal of Field Ornithology 69:614–625.

Patten MA, Campbell KF (1998) Has cowbird parasitism selected for earlier nesting by the California Gnatcatcher? Western Birds 29:290–298.

Patten MA, Burger JC (1998) Spruce Budworm outbreaks and the incidence of vagrancy in eastern North American wood-warblers. Canadian Journal of Zoology 76:433–439.

Patten MA, Fugate M (1998) Systematic relationships among the Emberizid sparrows. Auk 115:412–424.

Patten MA (1997) Reestablishment of a rodent community in restored desert scrub. Restoration Ecology 5:156–161.




Patten MA (2011) Black-faced Antthrush (Formicarius analis). In Schulenberg TS, ed. Neotropical Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y.

Zuur AF, Patten MA, Ieno EN, Saveliev AA (2014) Bernoulli GAMM applied on cowbird brood parasitism. Pp. 241–254, in Zuur AF, Saveliev AA, Ieno EN, eds. A Beginner's Guide to Generalised Additive Mixed Models in R. Highland Statistics, Newburgh, Scotland.

Patten MA (2011) Olivaceous Woodcreeper (Sittasomus griseicapillus). In Schulenberg TS, ed. Neotropical Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y.

Patten MA (2010) Evolution and historical biogeography of a Song Sparrow ring in western North America. Pp. 329–342 in Pontarotti P, ed. Evolutionary Biology — Concepts, Molecular and Morphological Evolution. Springer, Berlin.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2009) Loss of tropical forest and avian extinction and decline: Predictions and research needs for central Africa (draft version online). Pp. 55–72 in Kalipeni E, Kakoma I, Sanogo YO, Fawcett K, Warner RE, eds. Turning Science into Action: Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management in Africa. Africa World Press, Trenton, N.J.

Patten MA, Smith-Patten BD (2008) Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus). No. 717, in Poole AF, Gill FB, eds. The Birds of North America. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, D.C.

Marantz CA, Alexio A, Bevier LR, Patten MA (2003) Family Dendrocolaptidae (woodcreepers). Pp. 358–447, in del Hoyo J, Elliott A, Christie D, eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, v. 8. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Arcese P, Sogge MK, Marr AB, Patten MA (2002) Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). No. 704, in Poole AF, Gill FB, eds. The Birds of North America. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, D.C.

Rotenberry JT, Patten MA, Preston KL (1999) Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri). No. 390, in Poole AF, Gill FB, eds. The Birds of North America. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, D.C.

Patten MA, Myers SJ, McGaugh C, Easton JR, Erickson RA (1998) Perognathus longimembris (Coues 1875), Little Pocket Mouse. Pp. 83–85 in Hafner DJ, Yensen E, Kirkland, GL, Jr., eds. North American Rodents: Status Surveys and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN, Gland.

Patten MA (1997) The lessons of Catharus thrushes revisited. Pp. 139–143, in Dickerman RW, ed. The Era of Allan R. Phillips: A Festschrift. Horizon Communications, Albuquerque.





I have written or revised the Systematics sections for hundreds of bird species accounts for the Birds of North America, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I have published an additional 100+ papers (1990–2013) on basic ecology, faunistics, or natural history in Auk, Birding, Birds of North America, Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, Bulletin of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, California Fish and Game, Condor, Cotinga, Euphonia, Grouse News, Herpetological Review, Journal of Field Ornithology, National Audubon Society Field Notes, Monographs in Field Ornithology, North American Birds, The Ohio Cardinal, Publication of the Oklahoma Biological Survey, Southwestern Naturalist, Studies in Avian Biology, Texas Birds, Western Birds, The Western Tanager, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and publications of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Fish and Game, Point Reyes Bird Observatory, San Diego Natural History Museum, and United States Forest Service. I also have published book reviews in the Condor, Quarterly Review of Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Tropinet, and Western Birds.




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