I am interested in understanding how the many environmental systems in our world interact with one another, including the human system, and in how to shift human behavior toward a more environmentally conscious and proactive model.
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.
My main areas of interest are focusing on sustainable forest management, deforestation & land conversion, human-wildlife conflicts, and climate change. I will be conducting spatial risk mapping in Ecuador as a tool to plan and implement human-Andean bear conflict mitigation measures.
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.
Daler completed his BA at American University of Central Asia, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) majoring in the Environmental Management and Sustainability and minoring in Anthropology. His BA thesis is on community resilience and commodification of nature in Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan since 2015. Currently, he is working on the role of Ecological Knowledge to Anticipate Climate Change in village scale, specifically in the Alai and Pamir region, with the science team of Belmont Forum funded project “Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs”
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.
I am interested in generating information that contributes to the conservation of large mammals and influences how species and landscapes are managed by governmental and non-governmental organizations. I am interested to understand how spatial patterns and processes, including human activities, influence large mammal populations. I also study the human – wildlife interaction, focusing on understanding how spatial variation in the environment, farm management (e.g. husbandry practices), and human – wildlife interaction management influence damage, people attitude, and people behavior.
Research Statement: My research examines how message framing effects can influence wildlife conservation-related policy and decision making. I do empirical research to study how messages about biodiversity and conservation are received by key stakeholders, and test which messages and frames are most effective at potentially influencing key public policy actions and different personal behaviors.
I focus on songbird competitions, in which wild birds are trapped and sold to sing for human amusement. My proposed research uses bioacoustic and cultural data to investigate how birds win singing competitions based on human and natural definitions of vocal fitness, and integrates that research into a music-based environmental education curriculum. My goal is to investigate how music connects students to nature, to critically evaluate its use as a tool for inspiring conservation through education and outreach.
My research interests relate to multiple stressors affecting forest health - invasive species, deer overabundance, and climate change - as well as outcome monitoring to evaluate whether management actions achieve desired objectives.
Educational outreach to the general public about uncharismatic threatened or endangered wildlife in New York State. My overall interests are in environmental conflict mitigation and facilitating implementation of conservation management plans.
I research computational hydrology and ecohydrology at the Soil and Water lab. Broadly, I'm interested in learning how vegetative form and function determines water budget and hydrogeochemistry, and how invasive species and land use changes transform them
I am intensely interested in evolutionary genomics and in using techniques from this field to both describe patterns of evolution – particularly those of adaptive radiations – and to solve conservation and management issues in polar and temperate fisheries.
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.
I am interested in the conservation, restoration, and recovery of native plant biodiversity in our wilderness areas. Of particular interest to me are species and communities endemic to marginal and fragile habitats that are especially vulnerable to the effects of a shifting climate.