Greetings from Baton Rouge!
As an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and a Wildlife Extension Specialist at Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center and School of Renewable Natural Resources, I study how vegetation management, human activity, and infrastructure development influence species' distributions and wildlife population dynamics. My current research collaborations utilize emerging technologies, such as miniaturized light-level geolocators and Doppler radar data, to examine migratory connectivity for endangered species and to identify trends in bird and bat activity. I'm also working to understand how birds and bats use managed forests in Louisiana. During the fall semesters, I teach Wildlife Habitat Management and, throughout the year, I share information about wildlife conservation and management with the public through Extension programming.
Check back often - I'll provide regular updates, links to upcoming events, and post job opportunities when they are available. Soignez vous bien!
UPCOMING EVENTS AND SCIENCE IN THE NEWS
OUR LATEST RESEARCH
We are using miniaturized light-level geolocators to examine migratory connectivity for the golden-cheeked warbler, a migratory songbird that breeds exclusively in centeral Texas and winters in southern Mexico and Central America. Since 2017, we've deployed 241 devices at five study sites across the warbler's breeding range, retrieved and processed data from 35 of those devices, and are mapping how warblers interact in non-breeding habitat - stay tuned!
Wildlife-aircraft strikes threaten both human and animal safety and cost hundreds of millions of dollars per year in damage and lost flight hours. Check out our recent publication identifying the strike hazard posed by pigeons and doves and learn how flight planners and wildlife managers might minimize risks when columbids are present.