Research

Research Areas

My research resides at the intersection of conservation, urban ecology, animal behavior and communication, landscape ecology, and community ecology. I want to know how wildlife responds to a changing landscape, social systems, coupled human-natural systems, and management, and how these responses are mediated by community interactions and animal behavior. Utilizing experimental, comparative and modeling approaches, we can develop an understanding of the patterns and processes that underlie wildlife response to landscape change.

  • Avian nesting ecology, plasticity, and evolutionary life history strategies
  • Community interactions, composition, and biodiversity
  • Environmental justice, systemic racism, and inequities in access to biodiversity
  • Mammalian populations and communities, camera trap research
  • Social drivers of landscape and habitat change
  • Noise pollution effects on animal communication
  • Trophic interactions and habitat use across urbanization gradients
  • Spatio-temporal trends in species abundance, richness, and composition in response to landscape change
  • Research design in applied ecology, employing experimental methods in an active adaptive management framework

Projects

nsf-macrosystems-residential
NSF American Residential Macrosystems Project: Scaling up social, geographic, and ecological factors of residential yard and habitat management to predict yard vegetative outcomes on a continental scale. Relating zoned land use to land cover, municipal ordinances and related factors in key U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.
Phoenix, AZ
Central Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project (CAP LTER): Do human-provided resources buffer bird abundance in residential areas?
Cactus_Wren_on_a_saguaro_cactus
Racial and income disparities associated with biased sampling in a large-scale community science project.
House Wren with Food
Dissertation Research: Perilous choices: landscapes of fear for adult birds reduces nestling condition across an urban gradient. Avian provisioning and brooding are influenced by fear of predators across an urban gradient.
Suspicious Squirrel
Dissertation Research: Managing yards for mammals: mammal species richness peaks in the suburbs.
House Wren Nest
Nest composition, anthropogenic materials, and ectoparasite presence in nests across an urbanization gradient

Northern Cardinal
Master’s Research: When the birds go unheard: Highway noise disrupts information transfer between bird species.

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