ACOUSTIC REMOTE POPULATION MONITORING
While working with Emily Vera Hockman, Dr. David Buehler, and their collaborative team of researchers from around the US, we worked to develop and optimize methods for acoustically monitoring threatened and endangered avian populations in remote areas using Autonomous Aerial Acoustic Recording Systems (AAARS).
FAR-EASTERN RUSSIA WILDLIFE POPULATION MONITORING
My work with the International Crane Foundation took place in one of the only non-governmental reserves in Russia, Muraviovka Park. Through a collaboration with the International Crane Foundation and other international research and conservation agencies, I worked to establish field protocols to monitor mammal and bird populations in the region that could be implemented by interns and researchers in the years to come. The Amur Oblast, where Muraviovka Park is located, is in the middle of the East Asian-Australian Flyway and provides critical habitat for migratory birds on their long migration. This region is utilized by 7 species of endangered crane for either migratory stop-over or breeding purposes. We worked to monitor the breeding behavior and success of breeding crane pairs in the region.
A large portion of the project was also based on community involvement and education. We worked closely with schools, summer camps, and government officials to educate the community about regional conservation concerns and worked with our captive breeding pairs of Red-crowned Cranes, White-fronted Geese and other threatened species of waterfowl to engage the public in further discussion on local environmental issues. Conservation efforts in the region are focused on fire regime regulations and illegal hunting prevention, though little information has been published from this critical migratory stop-over habitat, further leading to the global lack of knowledge.
EVOLUTION AND BEHAVIOR
While working with Dr. Al Uy and his lab, I assisted in a wide range of research revolving around evolution and behavior. Projects ranged anywhere from: 1) The genetic analysis of plumage variation along an avian hybrid zone of Bearded Manakins to look at divergent natural and sexual selection in rapid speciation. 2) The exploration of the maintenance of genetic color polymorphism in five male color morphs of parae, and how behavioral and ecological factors contribute to the persistence of this polymorphism. 3) How human disturbances affect signals used in mate choice and territory defense in birds.