After graduating from Florida State University, I worked multiple technician positions. While working with Dr. Elizabeth Hobson, I led two research projects within her monk parakeet system. We first explored a more applied research question: How can we prevent parakeets from nesting in areas, such as power lines, and becoming a nuisance? To investigate this, we are using a series of playbacks to see what would lead to attracting or repulsing these birds. Second, we investigated a more interesting question using playbacks: Can we link an individual's social affiliation with their cognition?
Affiliation and Cognition in Monk Parakeets
Crystalizing characteristics of your group members is crucial in maintaining group dynamics. In groups that are fluid, constantly undergoing fission and fusion, how important is it to remember these characteristics, specifically their vocal signature? We are investigating how changes in affiliation may be linked to cognition. This work is ongoing - stay tuned!
Invasive Species Management - To Attract or Repulse?
Utilizing animal behavior for conservation and wildlife management is becoming more popular due it's low risk and effectiveness. Vocalizations are a popular form of communication and is a conspicuous behavior that can result in an array of behaviors. We are interested in learning what vocalizations work best for controlling the invasive monk parakeet population throughout Florida. This work is ongoing - stay tuned!