Personal Biography of Louis B. Best, Ph.D.
Dr. Best is a Professor of Animal Ecology, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Managemen at Iowa State University. Dr. Best's current research is in the area of avian ecology, with particular emphasis on agroecosystems. Bird habitat-use patterns, nesting ecology, and productivity have been studied in rowcrop, alfalfa and CRP fields and in associated edge habitats such as fencerows, grassed waterways, roadsides, terraces, and filter strips. The effects of land-use practices such as conservation tillage, mowing, strip intercropping, biomass production, prescribed burning, and stream channel realignment have been evaluated. Because granular insecticides may be mistakenly consumed by birds as grit, the grit-use patterns of birds have been studied in the field and experimentally. Characteristics of the particles that influence consumption have been documented and avian risk of exposure has been evaluated for experimental granular formulations with the goal of refining current risk assessment procedures and of developing formulations that reduce avian exposure. Dr. Best earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, a M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, Bozeman and a B.S. in Zoology, Weber State College, Ogden, Utah.