My research interests are broad, but generally focus
on the ecology and behavior of vertebrates, especially
birds and mammals, although I have long-term side interest
in forest ecology. In my own graduate research, I study
the reproductive biology of tree swallows, but I have
prior research experience with the social behavior of
birds, habitat and population ecology of small mammals,
and forest ecology.
I am particularly interested in developing field-based
activities that are integrated with classroom objectives
so as to enhance and strengthen both approaches. While
my own bias is on teaching hypothesis testing and developing
critical thinking skills, I am open to other perspectives.
Some examples of field-based projects include using
nestboxes to study birds or live traps to study small
mammals, and testing relationships between soil and
forest ecology. Another area of interest would involve
students researching an environmental controversy such
as acid rain and forest clearing. By gathering published
evidence from multiple sources, students could generate
their own informed opinions about underlying issues
and possible solutions.