Chris Elphick is an Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut; including a conservation biologist, an applied ecologist, an ornithologist, with research interests that span in the areas of behavioral, population, community and landscape ecology. Most of Chris’s research has focused on aquatic species that occur in wetland or agricultural habitats but has also worked in tropical forest, the boreal zone, and the open ocean. The overriding goal that unites much of Chris’s work is understanding how best ecologists can guide management decisions so as to reconcile the conservation of biological diversity with other human activities.
We know that this is the busy season for birds and researchers. Right now in marshes across New England, Salt Marsh sparrows built nests, attended young and lost nests due to tides and storms. This little bird is also engaged in species critical battle with profound lessons for us all.
- Audubon had a headline last year “ The Saltmarsh Sparrow is Creeping Dangerously Close to extinction.” What’s the story behind this?
- Who are you affiliated with, and who provides support?
- I understand that nests of the bird are hard to find, how do you find the nest and band birds for study?
- How does nesting tie into Climate Change/Global warming?
- What has been observed and what are the issues from your perspective, there is much rhetoric on all sides of climate issues.
- Tell us about the life and habits of this bird
- How did you come study these birds?
- What conservation efforts have been tried? What works?
- Who else is doing significant work with these birds? What is SHARP?
- What does studying these birds tell us about other species?”
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