Paul Schilke

PhD Graduate Student

(608) 890-3160

126A Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Since 2012: M. S. Forest Ecology, UW-Madison
2008: B.S. Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison

Research interests

I am interested in community and ecosystem ecology, particularly interactions between birds and other animals and plants. Birds that catch insects on the wing like flycatchers and swallows have declined significantly in recent decades. I'm studying the importance of aquatic insect emergence events from lakes to the bird community in surrounding forests with the goal of better understanding the causes of declines in aerial insectivores. I also have an interest in bird and plant conservation and the rare natural communities and ecological history of the Great Lakes Region.

Personal interests

I enjoy birdwatching, botanizing, and exploring the interesting landscapes of Wisconsin-especially the shores of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. When I'm indoors I enjoy reading local history, biography, and music criticism.

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