About Oregon State University Forest Animal Ecology Lab
I am an animal ecologist with broad research interests, and the different components of my research program generally fall into two related areas. In the first, I investigate the behavioral, physiological, and ecological processes that influence the vital rates of animal populations. This work uses forest-dependent birds as a model group and examines how vital rates (e.g., nest success, juvenile survival) are influenced by land use and management activities. In the second area, I examine how natural (e.g., wildfire) and anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., timber harvest) are linked to population and community health parameters. This research is focused on native pollinators within managed forest ecosystems, and includes examining how native bees in managed forests interact with agricultural areas within mixed landscapes. In both areas, my work is grounded in basic and applied principles because of a recognition that organisms have evolved within a range of conditions, and their history must be understood to ensure that management actions result in conditions that are suitable for current-day populations to exist. I find that linking basic and applied science not only makes for stronger research, but it also helps to enhance the conservation implications of the work I undertake.