Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Vermont
M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona
B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona
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I consider myself primarily a wildlife biologist.  This means I work on research questions to provide information that is directly applied to management of wildlife, specifically birds.  My research focus includes both conservation of birds and reduction of conflicts between birds and people. With both issues, wildlife managers require information about how birds respond to both the environment and human impacts.  Biologists can then use the information on bird responses to develop or modify future management.  I attempt to provide such information in the form of models that provide projections or predictions about how birds and thus populations may behave in the future.  In many cases, I use demographic models to identify management strategies that may achieve either increases in numbers of rare species or reduction of conflicts with abundant species.

My role in working with Todd Katzner and his lab is to assist with analysis of data gathered on movements of Golden Eagles to assess the risk of wind-energy development on the eastern population of this species.  To accomplish this broad goal, we will focus on how eagles use a broad range of resources to determine where and when they may be present.  More importantly, we must understand what eagles will be doing over time and space.  With this information, I will then work with other lab members and collaborators to integrate separate pieces of the eagle puzzle into an eagle model.  For example, Trish Miller’s work on habitat use will provide information on where and when eagles are present.  Andrew Dennhardt’s will quantify the size of the eastern population of Golden Eagles, thus describing how many eagles are present.  Combining these pieces into a single model will allow us to assess the number of eagles that use areas that coincide with potential locations of wind turbines.  Together with more detailed  data on how fast and how high individuals fly will allow us to understand the ifs and hows of eagle risk with regard to wind turbines.  There are also many other pieces of the puzzle that contribute to understanding risk to eagles, in terms of both mortality and interruption of their normal behavior.  As each pieces of the puzzle are added, the model will be updated and improved, so that we will have a better understanding of risk to both individuals and the eastern population of Golden Eagles.