Welcome to the Avian Ecology & Behavior Lab
Our research is broadly focused on the links between ecology, evolution, and behavior of year-round resident birds, using individual-based studies to understand variation in individual fitness and population demography. Our work examines reproductive and dispersal strategies, life history trade-offs, demography, and seed dispersal and how the changing environment impacts these processes. Lab projects include: impacts of rainfall and fragmentation on demography in understory birds in Panama, causes of variation in fitness and demography of birds in central Panama, the role of invasive vertebrates in seed dispersal in Hawaii, and life histories and demography of song sparrows in British Columbia. These projects are aimed at understanding how linkages between individual, population, and community scales are impacted by environmental changes.
Brawn, J.D., T.J. Benson, Stager, Sly, and C.E. Tarwater. 2017. Rainfall and the demography of tropical birds: long-term patterns and conservation implications. Nature Climate Change
Climate impacts on demography of tropical birds across 33 years