Current Research Activities
My current fieldwork is focused on the winter ecology of western burrowing owls in Santa Clara County, especially the relationship of the wintering birds to the local breeding population. This research is very exciting and it’s fun too, as I get to work with so many people I like, including two burrowing owl experts who are former students (Phil Higgins and Debra Chromczak). I’m also writing three papers for publication with recent graduate students—on burrowing owls, mollusks and ducks—so there are a number research questions associated with those papers that demand my attention.
Research Connections to Current Events
SJSU has been a fantastic place to do research! I have been supported every step of the way—with grants, colleague support for my work and student involvement. I’ve had the unique opportunity to work at a local level on research that assists wildlife agencies, non-profit groups and local municipalities. SJSU has supported this community-focused work.
Personal Connections to Research
I am deeply concerned about the global loss of biodiversity, the greatest decline since the dinosaurs went extinct. Humans are the cause of this tremendous loss of species and I feel a compelling obligation to do what I can to help ameliorate this global disaster. Through my teaching, research and community efforts, I work toward this end.