Donald Batema


  • Wetland Ecology
  • Ornithology


  • A.B. – Hope College
  • M.S. – University of North Dakota
  • Ph.D. – University of Missouri
  • Postdoctoral – Gaylord Memorial Laboratory

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Research Interests

My interests in wetland ecology and ornithology were developed early in my career as an undergraduate student at Hope College, where I had the opportunity to study marsh ecology and breeding biology of the common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Over the years I have pursued wetland research in bottomland hardwood ecosystems with a focus on nutrient dynamics and wetland invertebrate response to various management strategies. I also enjoy involving students in research projects including, using macroinvertebrates as biomonitors of water quality, analysis of atrazine in natural and created wetlands, characterization of physical and chemical properties of wetland soils, examining odonate diversity in wetlands on wildlife refuges, and measuring bird density and diversity on wetland restoration sites.

My current research involves a bioacoustic study of the Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii), where I am interested in the repertoire size and phrase variation in the song of this species. I am recording and analyzing songs from two populations in southern Indiana (at Vectren Conservation Park and the Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area).

Selected Publications

  • Fredrickson, L.H.; Batema, D.L. 1992. Greentree Reservoir Management Handbook. Wetland Management Series, No. 1. Gaylord Memorial Laboratory, University of Missouri.

  • Batema, D.L.; Kaminski, R.M.; Magee, P.A. 2005. Wetland invertebrate communities and management of hardwood bottomlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Pages 173-190 In: Ecology and Management of Bottomland Hardwood Systems: The State of Our Understanding. L.H. Fredrickson, S.L. King, and R.M. Kaminski, editors. University of Missouri-Columbia. Gaylord Memorial Laboratory Special Publication, No. 10.

  • Batema, D.L.; Bellian, A.; Landowski, L. 2012. A Survey of Odonata of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 121(1): 54-61