I study and conduct education on wildlife and wildlife-habitat relationships primarily in intensively farmed landscapes like the U.S. Corn Belt. I am particularly interested in understanding opportunities to promote the persistence and abundance of wildlife and wildlife habitat in these working agricultural landscapes. My research, conducted in collaboration with students and collaborators at other universities, agencies, and NGOs, has examined a number of questions related to the distribution patterns, demographics, and physiology of birds in relation to fine-scale habitat attributes or changes occuring across space and time like weather and land use. Stated simply, I study where birds live on farms and conduct education to champion those places. Through partnership and communication with private landowners and state, federal, and non-governmental wildlife conservation groups, it’s my hope that my research can improve the prospects for sustainable wildlife populations in working agricultural landscapes in the Midwest for generations to come.
Learn more about my work at these pages
- Wildlife extension education (wildlife specialist in extension)
- Master Conservationist Program (program director)
- Habitat University Podcast (co-host)
- Out in the Field Initiative of The Wildlife Society (co-organizer)