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: multiple field technician positions available to work in tidal marshes, see job page for details.
Also, over the next next year I hope to recruit a new PhD student to work on conservation questions involving birds. Possible research areas include building on my lab's prior work in coastal or agricultural systems, or joining developing collaborations on the birds of southern New England forests or far southern Patagonia. I am also open to suggestion and excited to have students develop independent projects in the general field of avian conservation ecology. If interested, please read the information here and then get in touch.
Directions to my office (TLS 372/4): If you are coming from off campus, you can get directions to UConn here. Park in the North Garage on North Eagleville Rd. (to the west of Swan Lake, see the map at this site). 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)