Animals are living and behaving in the Anthropocene -- in other words, it's a humans' world, animals are just living in it. From urbanization to a loss of biodiversity to climate change to agriculture to pollution to the introduction of invasive species, human activities have drastically reshaped the environment and thus the selective pressures facing animals. Our lab strives to understand how human-induced changes impact animal behavior, physiology and ecology. We are also interested in researching practical ways to mitigate the deleterious effects of humans. Our current focus is on foraging preferences in birds in suburban or sanctuary settings.
Much of this work is being done in partnership with the Garden City Bird Sanctuary.