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juvenile Spotted Sandpiper, Eureka, Alaska


Natural History &
Conservation of Birds

Natural history is an important component of all of my work, and presents a foundation from which to address broader questions in biology.

From a conservation perspective, basic natural history provides the details of distribution, habitat use, breeding behaviour, and population biology that are essential for any conservation and management strategy. Natural history is also an excellent tool for capturing the attention of students and the general public, bringing to the forefront issues of conservation concern.

Much of my work has focused on threatened and little-known birds of the tropical Andes, often in collaboration with Harold Greeney, Rob Dobbs, and Rudy Gelis.


Selected Relevant Papers




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