Much of my research is concerned with the regulation of species diversity and abundance, and man's impact on our natural ecosystems. My studies of Golden-winged Warblers examined factors that influence nesting success. I have been fortunate to obtain funding fund 2-5 students to help with this work during most each summer during the last ten years.
I am now retired, but appointed as Scholar in Residence. My major research effort examines why the Golden-winged Warbler is one of the most rapidly declining vertebrate in eastern U.S. and includes efforts to restore shrubland habitat in Sterling Forest State Parks. These studies are supported by a recent $150,000 NY State Wildlife Grant to me and portions of grants to the international Golden-winged Warbler Working Group. I continue to monitor highway mortality of migrating amphibians and have initiated efforts to obtain funding to construct a wildlife underpass. I initiated our campus assessment of the economic and environmental feasibility of erecting a wind power tower on our campus and continue extensive involvement especially with the development of public support and on research on reducing bat mortality to the power towers.
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