Professor Veit is broadly interested in the ecology of birds, with special emphasis on foraging behavior of seabirds and long-distance dispersal and vagrancy of birds in general.  Dr. Veit’s students work on a variety of topics in ecology, behavior and conservation of vertebrate animals.


BA, University of Massachusetts

MS, University of Massachusetts

PhD, University of California (Irvine)

Scholarship / Publications

Veit, R.R. and W.R. Petersen. 1993. Birds of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, MA. 514 pp.

Veit, R.R., E.D. Silverman, and I. Everson. 1993.  Aggregation patterns of pelagic predators and their principal prey, Antarctic krill, near South Georgia.  Journal of Animal Ecology 62: 551-564.

Veit, R.R. and M.A. Lewis.  1996.   Dispersal, population growth, and the Allee Effect: Dynamics of the House Finch Invasion of eastern North America.  The American Naturalist 148: 255-274.

Veit, R.R., P. Pyle.and J.A. McGowan. 1996.  Ocean warming and long-term change in pelagic bird abundance within the California Current System. Marine Ecology Progress Series 139: 11-18.

Veit, R.R.  2000a. Vagrants as the expanding fringe of a growing population.  Auk 117: 242-246.

Grünbaum, D. and R.R. Veit.  2003. Foraging behavior of Black-browed Albatrosses exploiting Antarctic krill: Density-dependence through local enhancement.  Ecology 84(12): 3265-3275.

Sundaram, B., A. Poje, R.R.Veit; and H. Nganguia.  2006. Acoustical dead zones and the spatial aggregation of whale strandings.  Journal of Theoretical Biology 238: 764-770.

White, T.P. , R.R. Veit and M.C. Perry.  2009.  Feeding ecology of Long-tailed Ducks Clangula hyemalis wintering on the Nantucket Shoals.  Waterbirds 32: 293-299.

Nisbet, I.C.T., R.R. Veit, S.A. Auer and T.P. White.  2013. Marine Birds of the Eastern USA and the Bay of Fundy: Distribution, Numbers, Trends, Threats and Management.  Nuttall Ornithological Monographs #29: 1-188.