Greg A Breed - Graduate Students
For my graduate research, I hope to better understand the influences of ecology and physiology on animal behavior. Specifically, the demographic consequences of environmental change and anthropogenic resource extraction are pressing global issues. Climate change is already impacting polar marine environments, the species that inhabit these areas, and the human communities that rely on local natural resources. Remarkably, the sensitivity of many species to predicted climate scenarios have yet to be quantified. Some questions of critical importance include: (1) How will species respond to global change, in terms of fine-scale behavior, large-scale distribution, and long-term demographic patterns?; (2) What mechanisms are driving these shifts; and (3) How can we use our knowledge of these mechanisms to plan effective conservation and management strategies and thus preserve ecosystem integrity? I plan to address these questions by combining prediction modeling with empirical methods such as remote weather sensing, anesthesia procedures, and advanced biotelemetry.
|Greg Breed, Jennifer Burns|
Office: 323 Murie Building
Generally, I am interested in the spatial ecology and movement of seabirds once they depart their breeding colonies, and the ways in which oceanographic variability affects seabird productivity. Specifically, my masters work will address questions related to age-specific reproductive strategies of Cassin's auklets, along with their winter dispersal patterns from Southeast Farallon Island, California.
|Greg Breed, Mark Lindberg|