Address: 206 Clapp Greenhouse
Advisor: Kate Ruskin
Affiliations: School of Biology and Ecology ∴ Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program
My research focuses on the nesting ecology of song birds in the mixed-grass praire of the Northern Great Plains (NGP). Native mixed-grass prairie has been subject to cropland conversion and over-grazing, restricting suitable breeding habitat for these specialist bird species. The NGP is a vast landscape, hence I intend to employ Unmanned Aerial Vehichles (UAVs), or drones, to monitor breeding habitat remotely. This will be important for understanding how specialists species may respond on a large scale to climate change as drought and erosion due to cropland conversion become an increasing issue for grasslands in the NGP.
Nesting Ecology of Grassland Birds in the Northern Great Plains