Brian Evans is a quantitative ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center (SMBC), which studies and educates the public on the ecology of migratory birds. Evans’ research interests are focused on quantifying the influence of urbanization on bird populations and communities and evaluating how to effectively engage the public in the ecology and conservation of urban systems.
Evans' projects include:
- Assisting in the development of a curriculum on the use of tracking data in the study of avian migration
- Quantifying the influence of urbanization on the community and population ecology of migratory and resident birds
- Studying the movement and dispersal of resident and migrant birds in urban environments
- Developing and implementing a year-round educational banding station at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Evans BS, AM Kilpatrick, AH Hurlbert, and PP Marra. 2017. Dispersal in the urban matrix: Assessing the influence of landscape permeability on the settlement patterns of breeding songbirds. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00063.
Evans BS, TB Ryder, R Reitsma, AH Hulbert, and PP Marra. 2015. Characterizing avian survival along a rural-to-urban land use gradient. Ecology 96: 1631-1640. doi: 10.1890/14-0171.1
Ryder TB, R Reitsma, B Evans, and PP Marra. 2010. Quantifying avian nest survival along an urbanization gradient using citizen- and scientist-generated data. Ecological Applications 20: 419-426. doi: 10.1890/09-0040.1