Bird TV? Behavioral Analysis of Nesting Songbirds from NestCam Footage

Project Description : 

Research in the Warren lab focuses on the impacts of urbanization on wildlife. Suburban development changes habitat structure, influences resource availability, and affects wildlife behavior. As food availability in a habitat changes, animals must make foraging decisions to optimize the use of their time and energy while still avoiding predator detection.

We are looking for research assistants to contribute to a project on parental behavior of songbirds at the nest, utilizing previously recorded video footage of nesting Wood Thrushes and Gray Catbirds. Duties for the potential assistant would include watching nest videos and collecting data from them using a computer program developed for this purpose. Opportunities may arise to assist with other lab projects as well as to assist with data analysis and writing for interested students.

This position requires a person who is: interested in birds and animal behavior, highly reliable, able to work independently, detail oriented, strong on critical thinking skills.
There is a possibility to stay on in the lab during the next semester.

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Name of Lab: 

The Warren Lab

Contact Person: 

Kit Straley, graduate student

Contact E-mail: 

kstraley@cns.umass.edu

Lab website: 

http://blogs.umass.edu/warrenecologylab/