Desiree Narango is a graduate student researcher at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center. She focuses primarily on urban ecology and trophic interactions between birds, arthropods and plants. At the Migratory Bird Center, she is currently studying the effect of non-native plants on breeding birds. Her research covers multiple scales, such as the behavior of individuals, demographic consequences on populations and community organization. Much of her work has taken place in highly managed systems like residential yards in Washington, D.C. Narango is very interested in research that provides the public with data-driven recommendations to improve habitat for wildlife.
Narango's projects include:
- Effect of non-native plants on breeding birds
- Trophic interactions in human-dominated systems
- Neighborhood Nestwatch
Narango, D.L., Tallamy, D.W. and Marra, P.P. 2017. Native plants improve breeding and foraging habitat for an insectivorous bird. Biological Conservation, 213, 42-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.06.029