Thomas Dietsch

Migratory Bird BiologistCarlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office

Senior Research FellowCenter for Tropical Research

(760) 431-9440 Ext. 214

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 8

Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 101
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 431-9440 Ext. 214

Center for Tropical Research
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

University of California, Los Angeles
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

Recent Research Projects

Long-distance Movements and Resource Use by Hornbills in Cameroon (click here to download PDF)

Evaluating disease transmission pathways and host reservoirs for H5N1 avian influenza in domestic and wild bird communities of Vietnam.

Epidemiological monitoring for avian influenza and malaria in migratory and resident birds in Cameroon.

Integrating Wildlife Conservation into the Management of Cameroon's Cacao Agricultural Landscape (click here to download PDF)


Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources and Environment, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2003. 

Dissertation:  Avian Ecology and Conservation in the Coffee Agroecosystems of Chiapas, Mexico.

Master of Science in Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995. 

Thesis:  Life History Characteristics and the Landscape Ecology of Breeding Birds in Michigan Forests.

Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Irvine, 1992.

Selected Publications

Dietsch, T.V. and S. Philpott. 2008. Linking Consumers to Sustainability: Incorporating Science into Eco-Friendly Certification. Globalizations 5(2): 247-258.

Philpott, S., W. Arendt, I. Armbrecht, P. Bichier, T.V. Dietsch, C. Gordon, R. Greenberg, O. Komar, I. Perfecto, L. Soto-Pinto, C. Tejada-Cruz, G. Williams, J. Valenzuela. 2008. Biodiversity loss in Latin American coffee landscapes: reviewing evidence on ants, birds, and trees. Conservation Biology 22(5): 1093-1105.

Greenberg, R., A. Kozlenko, M. Etterson, and T. Dietsch. 2008. Patterns of density, diversity, and the distribution of migratory strategies in the Russian boreal forest avifauna. Journal of Biogeography 35(11): 2049-2060.

Danner, R.M., S. Langridge, and T. Dietsch. 2008. The nest and eggs of Prevost¹s Ground Sparrow (Melozone biarcuata), group Biarcuata. Neotropical Ornitologia 19: 283-285.

Dietsch, T.V. 2008. A relationship between avian foraging behavior and infestation by Trombiculid larvae (Acari) in Chiapas, Mexico. Biotropica 40(2): 196-202.

Tscharntke, T., C.H. Sekercioglu, T.V. Dietsch, N.S. Sodhi, P. Hoehn, J. Tylianakis. 2008. Landscape constraints of invertebrate and vertebrate functional diversity in tropical agroecosystems. Ecology 89: 944-951.

Dietsch, T.V., I. Perfecto, and R. Greenberg. 2007.  Avian foraging behavior in two coffee agroecosystems of Chiapas, Mexico. Biotropica 39(2): 232-240.

Perfecto, I., S. Philpott, L. Soto-Pinto, and T.V. Dietsch. 2007.  Shaded coffee and the stability of rainforest margins in Latin America. Pages 227-263 in The Stability of Tropical Rainforest Margins: Linking Ecological, Economic and Social Constraints.
Edited by T. Tscharntke, C. Leuschner, M. Zeller, E. Guhardja, and A. Bidin.  Springer, Berlin.

Jedlicka, J., R. Greenberg, I. Perfecto, S. Philpott, and T. Dietsch. 2006.  Seasonal foraging niche shifts of tropical avian residents: resource competition at work?  Journal of Tropical Ecology 22: 385-395.

Dietsch, T.V.  2005.  Seasonal variation of infestation by ectoparasitic chigger mite larvae (Acarina: Trombiculidae) on resident and migratory birds in coffee agroecosystems of Chiapas, Mexico.  Journal of Parasitology 91(6): 1294-1303.

Dietsch, T.V.  2005.  Eco-labeling in Latin America:  Providing a scientific foundation for consumer confidence in market-based conservation strategies.  Pages 175-203 in Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, A. Romero and S. West (Eds.), Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Dietsch, T.V.  2005.  Comparing infestation rates of chigger mite larvae (Acarina: Trombiculidae) on resident and migratory birds in Chiapas, Mexico illustrating a rapid visual assessment protocol.  Pages 1129-1137 in C.J. Ralph and T.D. Rich, editors. 2005. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. 2002 March 20-24; Asilomar, California; Volume 2. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 643 p.

Mas, A.H. and T.V. Dietsch. 2004.  Linking shade coffee certification programs to biodiversity conservation: Butterflies and birds in Chiapas, Mexico.  Ecological Applications 14(3): 642-654.

Dietsch, T.V., S. Philpott, R.A. Rice, R. Greenberg, and P. Bichier. 2004.  Conservation policy in coffee landscapes (letter to editor).  Science 303: 625.

Philpott, S. and T.V. Dietsch. 2003.  Coffee and conservation: a global context and the value of farmer involvement.  Conservation Biology 13(6): 1844-1846.

Mas, A.H. and T.V. Dietsch. 2003.  An index of management intensity for coffee agroecosystems to evaluate butterfly species richness.  Ecological Applications 13(5): 1491-1501.

Perfecto, I., A. Mas, T. Dietsch, and J. Vandermeer. 2003.  Conservation of biodiversity in coffee agroecosystems: A tri-taxa comparison in southern Mexico.  Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 1239-1252.

Dietsch, T.V. 2002.  Evaluando el Éxito de Conservación: Comunidades de pájaros a través de un gradiente de intensidad de manejo de café de sombra en Chiapas, México.  Actas del simposio café y biodiversidad, Revista Protección Vegetal, Año 12, No. 2: 53-60.  Proceedings from Biodiversity and Coffee symposium at Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biología y la Conservación Fifth Annual Meeting in San Salvador, El Salvador, October 2001.

Jules, E.S., T.V. Dietsch, A.B. Bernier, V. Nickerson, P.J. Christie, B.C. Blair, C. Baraloto, G.D. Paoli, and B.G. Ferguson.  2002.  Toward a more effective conservation biology:  Including social equity in the formulation of scientific questions and management options.  Revista Theomai: Society, Nature, and Development Studies 6: published online < >.

Dietsch, T.V. 2000.  Assessing the conservation value of shade-grown coffee: a biological perspective using Neotropical birds.  Endangered Species Update 17 (6): 122-124.

Jules, E. and T.V. Dietsch. 1997.  Dangers in dividing conservation biology and agroecology.  Conservation Biology 11(6): 1272-1273.

Dietsch, T.V. and F.J. Cuthbert. 1997.  Merlin (Falco columbarius) breeding record for Emmet County, Michigan:  Further evidence and hypotheses for a range expansion.  Michigan Birds and Natural History 4(5): 193-195.

Dietsch, T.V. and F.J. Cuthbert. 1997.  Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) predation on Crayfish (Orconectes sp.) in a Lake Huron coastal wetland.  Michigan Birds and Natural History 4(5): 196-198.

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