Current Research

Wood Thrush
    As the global population continues to climb,
native vegetation is continually being cleared to meet growing agricultural demand.  Many modern agricultural practices have devastating effects on local biodiversity.  We must find ways to meet our growing demand for food while supporting local plant and animal species.
    200 species of birds that reproduce in the United States spend their winters in Central and South America.  Many migratory species are experiencing significant levels of decline.  Without sufficient amounts of suitable winter habitat, the future of these species remains uncertain.  
My research seeks to identify ways that migratory birds can continue to thrive in expanding agricultural landscapes.

    My current research is being conducted in the shade coffee farms and nearby forest fragments of Northern Honduras.  This work initially began as a small project collecting point count data in 2011, but has expanded to collect a wide variety of data from individual bird captures and telemetry.  If you are interested in learning more about my research please visit the links below.  Additional information about me including my CV can be found by exploring the menu to the left.   Thank you for your interest.

9/13: More details coming soon about a new project in Belize.

Brief overview of my research proposal.

 August, 2012 I presented this poster to introduce my research at the North American Ornithological Conference in Vancouver.

Wild Lens (updated 12/5/12)
          A professional mini-documentary put together by Wild Lens Inc. !
          Wood Thrush: King of Coffee

 A series of great blog entries about my research through the eyes of one of my wonderful field assistants.
Birds and Beans
The Wood Thrush: King of Coffee
Things you encounter in the field...
From Honduras with Love

Documental: Centro de Investigación de Ingeniería en Red (In Spanish)
A documentary created by the National University of Honduras.  The 30 minute video reports on a series of workshops held in tandem with the opening of the first coffee production facility in Central America that runs entirely on renewable energy.  The new facility and workshops were made possible by the Mesoamerican Development Institute, a source of logistical and financial support for my research. The video also features excerpts from my presentation to the university and underscores the importance of a multi-pronged approach to sustainable development.

Saving Songbirds
New Hampshire Public Television documentary featuring the work of many scientists, including a related project happening in Costa Rica.

PetriDisk Fundraising
Successful 2012 fundraising campaign to help finance a portion of field activities in Honduras.