Research Interests and Projects
I am an interdisciplinary scientist with a focus on understanding linkages between species, people, and landscapes in order to promote the conservation and management of our ecosystems.
Evaluation of Hawai'i Coffee Agroforestry Systems
This is a new project being led by Craig Elevitch of Permanent Agriculture Resources, to evaluate shade-grown coffee in Kona, Hawai’i. The goal is to show the potential benefits and drawbacks of coffee agroforestry, so that can make more informed decisions about shade-grown coffee. As part of the project we will be working on the wildlife and landowner aspects of
For further information see: http://agroforestry.net/caf/index.html
MCAMMP: The Milwaukee County Avian Migration Monitoring Partnership
This is a four year project seeking to understand how migratory birds use forest patches and parks of different contexts in an urban ecosystem as stopover and refueling sites. We use a citizen science approach to train volunteers that assist with vegetation sampling, avian transect counts, and bird banding. Our project is made possible by a strong partnership between state agencies, non-profit organizations, and several universities. We were recently awarded the 2007 Citizen-based Monitoring Program of the Year from the Citizen-Based Monitoring Network of Wisconsin.
For further information see: http://home.earthlink.net/~iltlawas/id16.html
Influence of Landscape Change and Housing Growth on Birds
This is a set of projects looking at how landscapes and houses influence birds at various scales and is a continuation of several completed projects. Current projects are looking at housing growth effects on bird communities in the Northeast U.S.
In order to help prospective students, here are a variety of key words that variously describe disciplinary fields and/or aspects of the work in the lab: applied ecology, avian ecology, citizen science, conservation biology, ecoinformatics, geographic information systems (GIS), landowners, landscape ecology, human-nature coupled systems, human dimensions of wildlife, monitoring, natural resources management, ornithology, terrestrial vertebrates, urban birds, urban ecology, wildlife ecology