My research interests lie in conservation, movement ecology, and population biology of migratory organisms, especially birds. In particular, I am interested in understanding how seasonal interactions influence population dynamics, movement, and behavior between different periods of the annual cycle.
Examining the processes of developing and implementing landscape-level conservation across complex social-ecological systems, with an emphasis on understanding the role of local stakeholders in conservation decision-making.
Civic ecology practices in coastal communities, environmental education, the political ecology of plastics, citizen science and participatory observatories for microplastic pollution in coastal zones of the North Atlantic and Mediterranean systems.
I am investigating the northern United States tallgrass prairie region, as well as adjacent agricultural land, for an extensive suite of physical, chemical, biological and microbial soil properties. These data will be used to establish a landmark, comprehensive soil health profile for relict, natural tall grass prairies and a consequent set of targets for grassland remediation efforts. This research will also provide Midwest relict (near virgin) grassland soil data, which is scarce at best and contribute to national efforts to map the health of domestic soil. Lastly, when compared to the active agricultural land samples, these data will establish a quantifiable estimate of post-European colonization degradation of soil.
My research examines how framing, specifically word choice, can impact the long term conservation of a species. I'm broadly interested in overarching questions related to how humans act towards and think about non human animals, and particularly interested in categories of animals that become targeted for mass management (such as feral, non native, invasive, etc). I hope to better understand the complicated ethics behind why people make certain decisions or take certain actions in relation to these animals- and ultimately influence those decisions and actions.
I study the effect of climate change, habitat patchiness and landscape configuration over the structure and composition of Polylepis (Rosacea) bird community in Huascaran National Park and Biosphere Reserve in norther Peru.
I study the effect of human development activities on the behavior and population structure of forest birds in the Chilean temperate forests, both in mainland and oceanic islands. For my dissertation, I investigate how the deforestation for firewood and cleaning for cattle and agriculture affects habitat use and survival of Magellanic woodpeckers.
I focus on the ethnobiological dimensions of plant genetic resource value. I have conducted interdisciplinary research in Turkey and Azerbaijan in a context where rural smallholders and society at large are adapting to significant threats to the native chestnut species caused by imported pathogens and rural abandonment. I strive to make contributions to ethno-landscape ecology, conservation ethics, theories of plant value and participatory mapping. My research is best described as conservation-driven ethnobiology and cultural geography.