Functioning in a Science Support position, my research interests largely reflect those of the Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program and my supervisor - Vicki Saab. As such, we launched into studying fire and avian ecology in 1994. Since that time, we have contributed to understanding long-term effects of management activities on populations and habitats of birds, with an emphasis on cavity-nesting species. Today, our interests still focus on songbirds and cavity nesters in general, in areas such as modelling breeding habitats and nest survival, but also on individual species that present unique challenges to such land management activities as fuels reduction, beetle suppression, and pine forest restoration, and on predictions of population responses under changing climate scenarios.
Our research helps support conservation and persistence of bird populations and their habitats under various disturbance regimes and spatial scales. Our outputs tend to be recommendations or tools designed to facilitate land management decisions and build on current scientific knowledge.