I use a broad interdisciplinary approach to try and better understand how humans are changing the environment, for better or worse, and what the implications are for wildlife and biodiversity conservation. For example, I've spend a lot of time thinking about how we manipulate disturbance regimes, the effects of invasive species we've introduced into new places, and the ways in which rising sea levels are reshaping our coasts. I try not to limit myself to focusing on a particular taxon, but instead I often gravitate towards species that are highly specialized to unique environments, hard to find, or are of conservation concern.
To address these questions about global change and wildlife conservation, I rely on a diverse suite of tools. In addition to all kinds of in-person surveys for focal species or communities, I get realy excited about emerging technologies for monitoring animals such as cameras, acoustic recorders, and tracking devices. Once we've got data, we use contemporary analystical methods to account for all the messiness that is almost always inherent to ecological systems. In addition, my work often relies on various kinds of environmental data, such as satellite imagery and other remotely-sensed data, to understand how conditions change from place to place, and over time.
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