Avian Conservation - General
Current research interests focus on avian conservation in North and Central America. Birds are excellent indicators of habitat quality and environmental quality. In addition, the physiological adaptations used by birds during migration have many applications to human biology. Migrating birds also require high quality stopover habitat. Determining the characteristics of these stopover sites may be very beneficial in terms of conservation. Further, many birds are able to see ultraviolet light. This may be the key to determining the sex of birds which appear monomorphic in visible light.
Professor: John M. Waud