Department chair; associate professor of biology
wildlife conservation, avian ecology, waterfowl biology, migratory behavior, radar science
Over the last 5 years, we have had students participate in studies here in Indiana and throughout the Midwest (Loons in Minnesota, Orchids at Hougham Woods, Deer at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, American cancer-root at Blossom Hollow Nature Preserve, Ducks in Illinois, Whales in Hawaii, and Geese in Indianapolis). All of these students get to help design the studies, conduct fieldwork, and present their findings in papers and at conferences.
Wesche, S. L., O’Neal, B. J., Windels, S. K., Olson, B. T., Larreur, M., and A. A. Ahlers. 2018. Influence of Invasive Hybrid Cattails on Resource Selection by Common Loons. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 42: 166-171.
O’Neal, B. J., Stafford, J. D., and R. P. Larkin. 2014. Migrating ducks in inland North America ignore major rivers as leading lines. IBIS: International Journal of Avian Science. 157:154-161.
Stodola, K., O’Neal, B., Alessi, M., Deppe, J., Dallas, T., Beveroth, T., Benson, T., and M. Ward. 2014. Stopover ecology of American golden-plovers (Pluvialis dominica) in Midwestern agricultural fields. The Condor: Ornithological Applications. 116:162-172.
O’Neal, B. J., Stafford, J. D., and R. P. Larkin. 2012. Stopover duration of fall-migrating dabbling ducks. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(2):285-293.
O’Neal, B. J., Stafford, J. D., and R. P. Larkin. 2010. Waterfowl on weather radar: Applying ground-truth to classify and quantify bird movements. Journal of Field Ornithology 81(1): 79-90.
Bird Study, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Wildlife Management, Waterbirds, Applied Vegetation Science, Raffle’s Bulletin of Zoology, Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Journal of Field Ornithology, Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, Journal of Environmental Management
“He knows his stuff and how to get and keep people interested. He planned an amazing trip for us to the Louisiana coast. It was so much fun and made me want to be a field biologist!” – Trey Thurson ’14, a student in Dr. O’Neal’s travel course to the Mississippi Delta
In my spare time, I love spending time outdoors with family and friends, hunting, fishing, hiking, grilling and gardening.