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David Morimoto

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department Chair and Professor of Biology

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An ecologist, conservation biologist, and animal behaviorist by training, David has studied the effects of forest fragmentation on birds in Massachusetts and is currently involved in urban bird research.

His areas of academic focus and expertise include: ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, and animal behavior. At Lesley, he teaches the following courses: Patterns in Nature, Environmental Field Research, New England Field Studies, and Field Experiences in Tropical Ecology. 

David holds a BS from Stonehill College and a MA and PhD from Boston University. 


  • Morimoto, D. The Incredible Brightness of Birds (Voices of Nature #9). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB8xSSu373w&feature=youtu.be. Biodivers… for a Livable Climate. January 7, 2019.
  • Morimoto, D. C., Schoenthaler, M., and N. Coney. 2018. Urban birds related to habitat, population density, and socioeconomics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Scaling biodiversity immersion in cities. Atualidades Ornitológicas On-Line, 205 (September-October): 49-63.
  • Aliss, E., Hsieh, R, Silva, R., Morimoto, D., and J-L. Gilles (2017). Conservation of Native Biodiversity (Polylepis and Compsospiza) and Improving the Quality of Life in two Andean Communities of Bolivia. In J-L. Gilles (Ed.). Linking Research and Training in Internationalization of Teacher Education with the PEERS Program: Issues, Case Studies and Perspectives. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • Morimoto, D. A walk in the Urban Woods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLUcoAyaQg4&feature=youtu.be. Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. March 14, 2015.
  • Morimoto, D. C., Schindlinger, M. D., Narine, A.G., and A. Wilson. 2015. A baseline avian survey of the North Rupununi River, Region 9, Guyana.  Atualidades Ornitológicas On-Line, 183 (January and February): 33-52.
  • Morimoto, D. C., Frankel, M. A., Hersek, M., and F. E. Wasserman. 2012. Forest Fragmentation Effects on Ovenbird Populations in the Urban Region of Eastern Massachusetts, USA. Urban Habitats, Volume7. http://urbanhabitats.org/v07n01/forestfragmentation_full.html.
  • "Oneself" (poem), Talking Writing: A Magazine for Writers, January 27, 2012, http://talkingwriting.com/?p=29754
  • Villegas Vallejos, M. A., and D. C. Morimoto. 2013. The importance of data verification: unchecked errors in basic natural history sampling may greatly impair conservation research. Biological Conservation, 157: 437-438 (published online August 2012). 
  • Morimoto, D. C., M. D. Schindlinger, and Fernando Costa Straube. 2013. A conversation with Ernst Mayr: reflections on the past, present, and future”, an interview presented at the XII Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia (Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil, November 2004). Atualidades Ornitológicas, On-Line 176: 33-44.
  • Morimoto, D. 2014. Many people want to preserve the silver maple forest near Little Spy. Growing Up in North Cambridge, Fall, p. 30.
  • Morimoto, D. On Urban Ecology. https://vimeo.com/23230680. AstroDime Interview #2. 2011.

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