My research is driven by an interest in understanding wildlife-habitat associations.
My research projects are diverse but aim to understand the factors explaining why species
occur where and when they do, patterns of animal movement in search of suitable
conditions, and the consequences of movement and habitat selection on fitness and species
distributions at various scales. Understanding species’ habitat requirements is a
fundamental component of animal conservation and management; thus, my research program
includes applied components as well as theoretical ones. My research program can be
divided into four general areas: (1) migration ecology, (2) wildlife responses to
bioenergy crops, (3) wildlife-habitat associations in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and
(4), evaluation and application of acoustic recording systems for monitoring wildlife.
The ecological processes I study are inherently complex; thus, my research is
multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative, combining aspects of biology, computer
science, remote sensing, atmospheric science, geography, and engineering. I enjoy working
with a diverse range of people including researchers and students at universities,
government agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as private land owners in
the United States and Mexico. 

Articles

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Effectiveness and utility of acoustic recordings for surveying tropical birds (with Antonio Celis-Murillo and Michael P. Ward), Journal of Field Ornithology (2012)

Although acoustic recordings have recently gained popularity as an alternative to point counts for surveying...

 

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Scale-dependent habitat use by fall migratory birds: vegetation architecture, floristics, and geographic consistency (with John T. Rotenberry), Ecological Monographs (2008)

Animal habitat selection is a central focus of ecology and conservation biology. Understanding habitat associations...

 

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Simulating the effects of wetland loss and inter-annual variability on the fitness of migratory bird species (with james A. Smith), IEEE International (2008)

Long-distance migratory shorebirds require wetland stopover sites where they can forage and deposit sufficient fat...

 

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Alaska at the Crossroads of Migration: Space-Based Ornithology (with K Wessels and J A. Smith), Alaska Park Science (2007)

Understanding bird migration on a global scale is one of the most compelling and challenging...

 

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TEMPORAL PATTERNS IN FALL MIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN YUCATAN, MEXICO (with John T. Rotenberry), The Condor (2005)

We quantified temporal turnover in the composition of fall migrant landbird communities along the northern...