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Effects of climate on non-game sagebrush birds


August 2016 - June 2018


In this study, we propose to evaluate sagebrush songbird population trends and reproductive investment and output in relation to ambient climatic conditions such as temperature and precipitation. To accomplish this we will leverage archived Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR), nest productivity, and weather station data. Moreover, weather conditions can influence nesting birds via numerous mechanisms such as indirectly through food availability or more directly via microclimatic constraints at nests. We will therefore test these alternative hypotheses via novel field data and targeted experiments. Finally, we will use these relationships to estimate future population trends given projected climatic scenarios.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 241

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 58

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 703

Scientific Publications: 1901

Presentations: 4321



Funding Agencies

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department


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