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Jeffrey Port

Job Titles

  • Professor of Biological Sciences
    Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
    Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel College - B.S., 1990
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 1998

Research interests

Recent research topics include the use of restored prairies by grassland songbirds, small mammals and insects, and reproductive biology and natural history of Ecuadorian cloudforest songbirds. Dr. Port also is a federally licensed master bird bander and operates a MAPS (www.birdpop.org/pages/maps.php) station in cooperation with Anoka County in the Rum River Central Park during the summer months.

Courses Taught

Dr. Port teaches a variety of courses within the Biology and Environmental Studies programs including Ecology, Animal Behavior, Introduction to Organismic Biology, and a non-major introductory ornithology course. He also has led an interim study abroad course to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands since 2003 and will be leading a course to Kenya during interim 2017. Dr. Port has also taught the junior and senior seminar courses along with Environment and Humanity, the introductory course to the Environmental Science majors.


DeGolier, Teresa, Jeff Port, and Shawn Schottler. 2015. Small mammal habitat preferences in a patchwork of adjacent reconstructed grasslands subject to semiannual burns. Ecological Restoration 33(4):388-394.

Port, J., and H.F. Greeney. 2015. The Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens): male and female parental effort during the nestling period. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:87-91.

Wetherell E., H.F. Greeney, and J. Port. 2015. Breeding biology of the Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) in eastern Ecuador. Cotinga 37:43-46.

Dyrcz, A., J. Port , R. Mikusek, and H. Greeney. 2015. Observations on parental care of the Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater in eastern Ecuador. Ornitologia Neotropical 26:117-123.

Greeney, H., A. Dyrcz, R. Mikusek, and J. Port. 2015. Cooperative breeding at a nest of Slaty- backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:326-328.

Port, J., H. F. Greeney, and E. Boyd. 2014. The Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens); observations on the parental care behavior of a montane Neotropical furnariid. Neotropical Ornithology 25:159-167.

Port, J., and H. Greeney. 2012. Comparison of three microsatellite primer pairs for molecular sexing in a monomorphic tropical furnariid, the Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens). Boletin SAO 21:1-6.

Greeney, H, and J. Port. 2010. A nest of Brown Nunlet (Nonnula brunnea) and observations on the nesting of other Ecuadorian Puffbirds. Ornitología Colombiana 9:31-37.

Schottler, S.P., J. Port and T. DeGolier. 2008. Influence of floristic diversity on pheasant and songbird nesting preferences in a suite of adjacent reconstructed grasslands. Ecological Restoration 26:195–198.

Schottler, S., J. Port, and T. DeGolier. 2008. An efficient method for quickly surveying pheasant nesting site preferences. Ecological Restoration 26:198-200.

Brewer, G. and J. Port. 2005. Speckled Teal. Bird Families of the World: Ducks, Geese, and Swans. Janet Kear, (ed.). v. 2. Pp. 613-615. Oxford University Press.

Greeney, H, J. Port, and F. Werner. 2004. First description of the nest of the Barred Puffbird (Nystalus radiatus) from northwestern Ecuador. Neotropical Ornithology 15:285-288.

Port, J. 2005. Brazilian Teal. Bird Families of the World: Ducks, Geese, and Swans. Janet Kear, (ed.). v. 2. Pp .479-481. Oxford University Press.

Port, J. and G. Brewer. 2004. Use of Monk Parakeet nests by Speckled Teal (Anas flavirostris flavirostris) in eastern Argentina. Neotropical Ornithogy 15:209-218.

Port, J. and F. McKinney. 2001. Behavioral adaptations for breeding in arboreal-nesting Speckled Teal. Wilson Bulletin 113:177-188.

Port, J. 2000. Alloparental care of ducklings by unrelated male Speckled Teal (Anas flavirostris) in eastern Argentina. Wildfowl 51: 103-108.

Port, J. 1998. Long-term pair bonds and male parental care in Speckled Teal (Anas flavirostris) in eastern Argentina. Wildfowl 49:139-149.