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Behavior—from basic self-maintenance activities like foraging to intricate social interactions—can have profound ecological and evolutionary consequences. Individual actions can affect how whole populations survive, adapt and evolve over time.

We seek to understand how birds' social, reproductive and dispersal behaviors are influenced by extrinsic environmental factors like habitat, food and weather and intrinsic factors like age, sex and social status. We are also interested in learning how changes in behavior impact conservation and management activities—leading to a whole new field: behavioral conservation.