Anna Pidgeon

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Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-8050

Lab Website


Avian ecology and landscape ecology



Degree Institution Major Field Granted
B.S. University of Minnesota Wildlife Management 1983
B.S. University of Minnesota Education 1989
M.S. Central Washington Univ. Biology 1995
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison Wildlife Ecology 2000

Professional Experience

Institution Title Specialization Years
UW-Madison Assistant Scientist Avian ecology 2000-2003
UW-Madison Associate Scientist Avian and Landscape ecology 2004-2008
UW-Madison Assistant Professor Avian Ecology 2008-2013
UW-Madison Associate Professor Avian Ecology 2013-2018
UW-Madison Full Professor Avian Ecology 2018-2021

Society/Professional Memberships

The Wildlife Society
Society for Conservation Biology
American Ornithologists’ Union
Cooper Ornithological Society
Association of Field Ornithologists
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology


You can learn more about Prof. Pidgeon’s research in the Research section of Prof. Pidgeon’s lab website

Courses Taught

FWE 520 Ornithology – Ornithology is the scientific study of birds. This course covers the evolution, biogeography, functional morphology & physiology, ecology, brain & behavior, migration, demographics & life history strategies of birds, as well as ecology and major conservation challenges.  Students will gain skill in engaging with primary scientific literature through the lens of ornithology.

FWE 521 Birds of Southern Wisconsin – Outdoor and indoor labs/lectures emphasizing identification of southern Wisconsin birds by sight and vocalization. Two required Saturday field trips in Southern Wisconsin. 

FWE 658 Forest Resources Practicum – Field training and experience in measurement/assessment of forest ecosystem properties/traits/attributes. 


You can learn more about Prof. Pidgeon’s publications in the Publications section of Prof. Pidgeon’s lab website