Nest Provisioning Behaviors of Songbirds in the Suburbs

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. We are looking for a research assistant to contribute to a project on food availability and subsequent foraging and provisioning behavior in songbirds. As part of the project we are collecting data on parental behaviors from video footage of nesting wood thrush and catbirds, recorded over the summer. Duties for the potential assistant would include watching 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.

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Name of Lab: 

The Warren Lab

Contact Person: 

Dr. Warren

Contact E-mail: 

pswarren@eco.umass.edu

Lab website: 

http://eco.umass.edu/people/faculty/warren-paige-s/