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Harmon P Weeks Jr

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor Emeritus

Harmon P. Weeks, Jr. received a BSF in 1967 in Forestry/Wildlife Management at the University of Georgia and then achieved a MS in Ecology in 1969 at the same institution. He received a PhD in Wildlife Science in 1974 from Purdue University. He was on the faculty of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a year before being invited to return to a faculty position at Purdue.

Harmon’s research at Purdue has and will contine to educate incoming students. His primary focus has been in two rather disparate directions – avian breeding biology and mammalian mineral nutrition. He is especially interested in how anthropogenically modified landscapes impact avian communities and their reproductive success. This features emphasis on birds of seral woodlands and the structure-nesting eastern phoebe, which has been the focus of a 35-year research program.

Intrigued early in his career by sodium-seeking behavior in wild herbivores, he has investigated many aspects of this and how supplementary sodium impacts behavior, physiology, and productivity.

Research Group - Wildlife Science

Facilities - Animal Care Facility, John S. Wright Center, Wildlife Conservation Lab, Wildlife Nutrition and Physiology Lab

Related Centers - Center for the Environment, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability

Awards & Honors

(2008) Purdue Book of Great Teachers. Purdue University.

(2008) Purdue Book of Great Teachers. Purdue University.

(2006) Hoosier Wildlife Award. The Wildlife Society, Indiana Chapter.

Selected Publications

Eastern Phoebe. (2010). In Birds of North America (2nd, 20-Jan). Philadelphia, PA: Academy of Natural Sciences/American Ornithologists Union.

Weeks, H. (2005). Control of woody invasive plants using mechanical and chemical treatments. Proceedings of International Symposiumon Environmental Concerns of ROW Mgmt, 8, 104-107.

Beheler, A., Weeks, H., & Rhodes, O. (2005). Seasonal, brood, and age variation in eastern phoebe clutch size in Indiana. Wilson Bulletin.

Atwood, T., Weeks, H., & Gehring, T. (2004). Spatial ecology of coyotes along a suburban-to-rural gradient. Journal of Wildlife Management, 68(4), 1000-1009.

Beheler, A., Rhodes, O., & Weeks, H. (2003). Breeding site and mate fidelity in the eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)in Indiana. Auk, 120(4), 990-999.

Atwood, T., & Weeks, H. (2003). Spatial home-range overlap and temporal interaction in eastern coyotes: the influence of pair types and fragmentation. Canadian Journal of Zoology.

Atwood, T., & Weeks, H. (2002). Facultative dyad formation in adult male coyotes. Northeastern Nat.

Atwood, T., & Weeks, H. (2002). Sex and age-specific patterns of mineral lick use by white-tailed deer. Am. Midl. Nat.

Weeks, H. (2006). An Indiana Historical Perspective of Wildlife Issues and a Look to the Future.

,Lowe, Z., & Weeks, H. (2005). Control techniques for woody invasives.