Cities are heterogeneous, living habitats that can have cascading effects on wildlife that inhabit the ecosystem. For my doctoral work at UC Berkeley, I'm interested in working at the cross-section of urban ecology and sociology to understand the effects of complex urban landscapes and human presence on wildlife. Specifically, I'm interested in exploring how factors in these landscapes shape phenotypes and the mechanisms that maintain these traits over time. If you're interested in understanding what a project may look like under this framework, you can read my 2020 NSF GRFP Proposal here.
Check back soon for projects as they develop!
Effects of Local Habitat Change on Community Assemblage
Natural disturbances, such as hurricanes and fires, can change the landscape an individual experiences. This may change the way they forage, evade predators, or find mates. In August 2020, part of Hastings Natural History Reservation burned due to local fires. In collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Kendall Calhoun, we are using camera traps to understand how the use of this area changes over time, how these areas get recolonized, and comparing the activity in these areas to non-burned areas. Stay tuned!
Header image from @birdturntable