More specifically, the concepts I am exploring include:
(1) factors affecting natal dispersal
(2) the role of intraspecific and interspecific interactions in affecting settlement decisions
(3) patterns of avian community response to habitat change
(4) the degree to which fitness is determined by individual variation and habitat quality
My field site is located at the Palomarin Field Station run by PRBO Conservation Science. At Palomarin, I am participating in, and utilizing data from, a long term study that includes territory mapping, nest monitoring and constant effort mist netting of a coastal scrub bird community. Without detailed long term data such as that collected at Palomarin, it would not be possible to address the above research questions in a meaningful way. I hope that my dissertation research will help highlight the value of long term research projects such as the Palomarin long-term demographic monitoring program.