* = grad student  co-author and § = undergraduate co-author

Peer-reviewed journal articles

*Herse, M.R., M.E. Estey, P.J. Moore, B.K. Sandercock and W.A. Boylein review. Landscape context determines settlement patterns of an enigmatic grassland songbird. Landscape Ecology

Sommers, A.S., W.A. Boyle, and L.P. McGuire,  in review. Validation of a field-ready handheld meter for plasma β-hydroxybutyrate analysis. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

*Williams, E.J. and W.A.Boylein review. Patterns and correlates of within-season breeding dispersal: a common strategy in a declining grassland songbird. The Auk: Ornithological Advances

Boyle, W.A., 2017. Altitudinal bird migration in North America. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 134, 443-465. doi: 10.1642/AUK-16-228.1Blog post about this article

Boyle, W.A. and K. Martin, 2016. The conservation value of high elevation habitats to North American migrant birdsBiological Conservation, 192, 461-478. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.10.008. Supplementary material

*Visco, D.M., N.L. Michel, W.A. Boyle, B.J. Sigel, S. Woltmann, T.W. Sherry, 2015. Patterns and causes of understory bird declines in human-disturbed tropical forest landscapes: a case study from Central AmericaBiological Conservation, 191, 117-129. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.05.018 

Boyle, W.A., B.K. Sandercock, and K. Martin, 2015.  Patterns and drivers of intraspecfic variation in avian life-histories along elevational gradients: a meta-analysisBiological Reviews, published online 12 March 2015. doi: 10.1111/brv.12180

Boyle, W.A. and S.J. Sigel, 2015. Ongoing changes in the avifauna of La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: twentry-three years of Christmas Bird CountsBiological Conservation, 188, 11-21. (invited special issue: Ecology and Conservation of Avian Insectivores of the Rainforest Understory: a Pan-Tropical Perspective). doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.004. Supplementary material

Boyle, W.A. and E. Waterman, 2015. The ecology of musical performance: toward a robust methodology, (invited edited book chapter). Pages 25-39 in Current Directions in Ecomusicolgy: Music, Culture, Nature. A. S. Allen & K. Dawe, editors, Routledge Publishers, New York, NY

Ross, J.D., J.F. Kelly, E.S. Bridge, M.H. Engle, D.L. Reinking, and W.A. Boyle, 2015. Pallid bands in feathers and associated stable isotope signatures reveal effects of severe weather stressors on fledgling sparrows. PeerJ 3:e814. doi: 10.7717/peerj.814

*Jones, M.A., E.H. DuVal, and W.A. Boyle, 2014. Individual and temporal variability in the courtship behavior of White-ruffed Manakins (Corapipo altera), a species with facultative cooperative displays. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, 131, 727-742

McGuire, L.P., and W.A. Boyle, 2013. Altitudinal migration in bats: evidence, patterns, and processes
Biological Reviews, 88, 767-786

Boyle, W.A. and J.L. Bronstein, 2012. Phenology of tropical understory trees: patterns and correlates. Revista de Biología Tropical, 60, 1415-1430. Supplementary material

Boyle, W.A., D.W. Winkler, and C.G. Guglielmo, 2012. Rapid loss of fat but not lean mass prior to chick provisioning supports the flight efficiency hypothesis in Tree Swallows. Functional Ecology 26, 895-903. Lay Summary 

Boyle, W.A., 2011. Short-distance partial migration of Neotropical birds: a community-level test of the foraging limitation hypothesis. Oikos, 120, 1803-1816. (Invited submission, special issue on ecology and evolution of partial migration)

Boyle, W.A., C.G. Guglielmo, K.A. Hobson, and D.R. Norris, 2011. Lekking birds in a tropical forest forego sex for migration. Biology Letters, 7, 661-663. Supplementary material

Boyle, W.A., C.J. Conway, J.L. Bronstein, 2011. Why do some, but not all, birds migrate? A comparative study of diet breadth and fruit preference.  Evolutionary Ecology 25, 219-236. (Winning OTS Best Student Paper Award).   Supplementary material

Boyle, W.A., D.R. Norris, and C.G. Guglielmo, 2010. Storms drive altitudinal migration in a tropical bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society-B 277, 2511-2519 

Sol, D., N. Garcia, A. Iwaniuk, K. Davis, A. Meade, W.A. Boyle, and T. Székely, 2010. Evolutionary divergence in brain size between migratory and resident birds. PLoS One 5, e9617

Boyle, W.A., 2010. Does food abundance explain altitudinal migration in a tropical frugivorous bird? Canadian Journal of Zoology 88, 204-213. Supplementary material  

§Lumpkin, H. and W.A. Boyle, 2009. Effects of forest age on fruit composition and removal in tropical bird-dispersed understorey trees. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25, 515-522 

Boyle, W.A., 2009. How to keep tropical montane frugivorous birds in captivity. Ornitología Neotropical, 20, 265-273 

Boyle, W.A., 2008. Partial migration in birds: an evaluation of three hypotheses in a tropical lekking frugivore. Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, 1122-1128 

Boyle, W.A., 2008. Can variation in risk of nest predation explain altitudinal migration in tropical birds? Oecologia 154, 397-403 

Boyle, W.A., §C.N. Ganong, D.B. Clark, & §M.A. Hast, 2008. Density, distribution, and attributes of tree cavities in an old-growth tropical rain forest. Biotropica 40(2), 241-245. Supplementary Material 

Boyle, W.A. and C.J. Conway, 2007. Why migrate? A test of the evolutionary precursor hypothesis.  American Naturalist 169, 344-359. Appendix A. Appendix B  

Holland, J.N., J.H. Ness, W.A. Boyle, and J.L. Bronstein, 2005. Mutualisms as consumer-resource interactions. Pages 17-33 in P. Barbosa and I. Castellanos, editors. Ecology of Predator-Prey Interactions, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England

Other publications and products

Boyle, W. A. (accepted). Movement Ecology in Morrison, M. L., A. D. Rodewald, G. Voelker, M. R. Colon, and J. F. Prather, editors. Ornithology: Foundation, Critique, and Application, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

Boyle, W.A. and K. Martin, 2015. Data deposited to Dryad from: The conservation value of high elevation habitats to North American migrant birds. doi:10.5061/dryad.bf486

Boyle, W.A., B.K. Sandercock, and K. Martin, 2015. Data deposited to Dryad from: Patterns and drivers of intraspecfic variation in avian life-histories along elevational gradients: a meta-analysis. doi:10.5061/dryad.h13vg

Boyle, W.A. and S.J. Sigel, 2015. Data deposited to Dryad from: Ongoing changes in the avifauna of La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: twentry-three years of Christmas Bird Counts. doi:10.5061/dryad.65v10

Boyle, W.A. 2014. Multi-media dataset: Video behavioral vouchers of Corapipo altera courtship displays, archived at Cornell Lab of Ornithology's McCauley Library, cataglogue numbers 473506-473519

Boyle, W.A. 2013. Book review: Cotingas and Manakin 2012, G. Kirwan & G. Green. Ibis, 155, 440-441

Altshuler, D.L., K.L. Cockle, and W.A. Boyle 2013. North American ornithology in transition. Biology Letters 9, 20120876. Meeting report from the NAOC-V (5th North American Ornithologyical Conference held in Vancouver, Canada, Aug 2012)

Boyle, W.A.
2006. Why do birds migrate? The role of food, habitat, predation, and competition. Ph.D. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Boyle, W.A. 2003. Seed images from the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica

Boyle, W.A.
, and C.J. Conway, 2003. Avian diversity at the Madrona Pools. Pages 61-72 in Madrona Pools Pulse Study: A rapid environmental assessment at the Madrona Pools, Saguaro National Park”.  Report to the U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service, Tucson, AZ

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