A Nelson’s sparrow and a saltmarsh sparrows at Barn Island, CT
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.

Directions to my office (TLS 372/4): If you are coming from off campus, you can get directions to UConn. 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.

**Note that I am currently on sabbatical.  During this time I will be focusing my attention on research and will be unavailable for periods of up to 3 weeks at a time.  Email is the best way to contact me, but there will be periods when I have no internet access.**

Contact information

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

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Multiple field technician positions are available for work on our tidal marsh birds.  For details, click here.

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