Do we help birds when we help butterflies?

Aug 2011 - Biodiversity - Birds - Conservation

The Karner blue butterfly, a federally endangered species, has suffered major population declines mainly due to habitat loss since European settlement. Eric Wood investigated if restoration of oak savannas, critical habitat for this species, also provides an opportunity to protect important avian communities that use sparse canopy oak savannas during the breeding season.

No escape from housing!

Jul 2011 - Biodiversity - Conservation - Land Use

Across the US, hundreds of wildlife refuges conserve migratory birds, endangered species and their habitats. However, their relative pristine nature also attracts development and that may hamper the very conservation goals the refuges were designed to achieve.

How do fires affect hummingbirds?

Jul 2011 - Biodiversity - Birds - Conservation - Fire

Professor Sarahy Contreras has been studying hummingbirds in western Mexico for nearly 20 years. Her current project tackles the question of how different frequencies and intensities of post-fires affect hummingbird populations in the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve.

How to protect, live and let live in precious areas such as biosphere reserves?

Sep 2010 - Biodiversity - Conservation - Remote Sensing

Oscar Cardenas, an invited scientist in the SILVIS Lab, is working on the zoning of a biosphere reserve in Mexico where he studying jaguar habitat in order to assure the species presence for the future. While doing so, he’s faced with social issues that are intrinsically and deeply related with natural resources protection and preservation and raise some new research questions.

Siberian Cranes and China's Poyang Lake

Aug 2010 - Biodiversity - Birds - Conservation

Poyang Lake, one of China’s most diverse wildlife areas, increasingly faces shifting use patterns and new threats to the wildlife and human communities who call it home. Ph.D. candidate James Burnham seeks to understand how changing lake hydro-dynamics and human impacts affect the local wildlife, particularly the critically endangered Siberian Crane.

Animal Movement and Vehicle Collisions

Aug 2010 - Biodiversity

In Sweden, moose are a national symbol, a major game species – and a hazard for car travel, with some 4,500 accidents per year. SILVIS researcher Wiebke Neumann is studying the patterns of moose movement and accident rates in order to improve safety to both moose and people.