Population Estimation And Spatial Ecology
We are part of the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. Our research group focuses on applied wildlife conservation and management through the study of distributions and demographics of animal populations and communities. We work across taxa - birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians - on issues related to endangered species recovery, land management practices, and the conservation of biodiversity. Please explore our research projects and reach out to lab members with questions or potential collaborations.
Our lab is recruiting an MS or PhD student to estimate distribution and abundance of avian species of conservation concern in southern Illinois. Using point counts and acoustic recorders, the student will work to understand drivers of decline in aerial insectivores across the region.
New research published in Biological Conservation on the consideration of accounting for dietary traits in multispecies hierarchical models. Check it out here
New research published in Human Dimensions of Wildlife on the economic impact of gamelands (i.e., public hunting lands) on nearby housing prices is out now! Available here
Please consider joining the SIU Forestry Program in the first annual Saluki BioBlitz!
I am pleased to announce that Elaine Metz will be joining the lab starting Fall 2021 to work on nightjar recovery in southern Illinois. Welcome, Elaine!