A Nelson’s sparrow and a saltmarsh sparrows at Barn Island, CT (photo by Chris Elphick, feel free to use with attribution)
Depending on my mood, I consider myself a conservation biologist, an applied ecologist, or an ornithologist, with research interests that span behavioral, population, community and landscape ecology. Most of my research has focused on aquatic species that occur in wetland or agricultural habitats, but I’ve also worked in tropical forest, the boreal zone, and the open ocean. Despite this breadth (or, if you like, lack of focus) the overriding goal that unites much of my work is understanding how best ecologists can guide management decisions so as to reconcile the conservation of biological diversity with other human activities.
My current research interests involve studies of birds in tidal marshes, studies of birds in agricultural settings, and studies of past and projected avian extinctions.
STOP PRESS: I will be hiring two postdocs to start in early 2015. One will work on demographic modelling of bird populations, the other on conservation planning. A third postdoc on the same project, focused on saltmarsh community integrity, will be based at the University of Delaware. Strong quantitative skills will be required for all positions. Details are here.
Note that I recently moved to a new office. I am now located in TLS 372/4, down the hall from the EEB main office.
From the garage, walk down (east on) N. Eagleville Rd. Go into TLS (which is just across from the cemetery) and up two flights to the third floor.
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043, USA
Email: chris.elphick @ uconn.edu
Phone: +01 (860) 486-4547
UConn Ornithology (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program (SHARP)