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Understanding Extinction Risk and Species Persistence in a Changing World
Unprecedented changes in globalization, the climate, and land use, have caused widespread ecology changes leading to species endangerment an disappearance, especially on islands. We ask questions about population dynamics, animal behavior, genetics, and landscape ecology to understand extinction risks. Particularly for birds - we really like birds. We combine field work, mathematical models, GIS, and technology to answer our questions and evaluate conservation strategies.
General Research Topics
People in my lab are working on a variety of problems related to
the extinction and persistence of small, isolated populations of
vertebrates (mostly birds), and on understanding factors driving
population declines on islands and mainland populations. My recent
and current graduate students work or worked on a variety of
conservation issues, including the effects of urbanization and
landscape alterations on wetland bird communities; understanding the
distribution, abundance, and microgenetic patterns of the endangered
Hawaiian gallinule; and the vulnerability of wetlands and wetland
birds in the Caribbean.
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