Education and Appointments
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Indiana University, 2013 - 2017
- Ph.D. Organismal Biology, University of Konstanz & Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, 2012
- M.S. Biology, University of Oklahoma, 2008
- B.S. Biology, University of Oklahoma, 2006
As the Environmental Resilience Institute’s migration ecology fellow, Adam Fudickar hosts a lab that conducts research motivated by a concern for the impacts of environmental change on animals that migrate. He joined the Institute following a postdoctoral research associate with the Indiana University Department of Biology, where he investigated environmental cues and internal mechanisms that determine when birds breed and migrate. Prior to his career at Indiana University, Fudickar worked in television and film production, received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma, and completed a Ph.D. in organismal biology at the University of Konstanz in Germany with a predoctoral fellowship from the Max Planck Society. Fudickar’s past research focused on how different environments promote different reproductive strategies in migratory birds, and on understanding the factors that promote variations in migratory behaviors.
Research in the Fudickar laboratory broadly aims to understand the ability of animals to adapt to changes in climate and habitat.
Seasonal migration and reproduction - One of the most pronounced impacts of environmental change is a rapid shift in the arrival of spring at temperate latitudes, the areas of the Earth between the tropics and polar regions. Shifts in the annual timing of seasonal transitions have resulted in changes to the timing of plant and animal growth, migration, and reproduction. Members of the Lab are involved in research that investigates the cues that determine when birds and moths reproduce. One such project involves determining which environmental cues (e.g. light and temperature) determine when migratory moths (Agrotis ipsilon), an agricultural pest found across the globe, migrate into Indiana. The goal is to be able to predict future invasions so that farmers can prepare.
Human/wildlife interactions - Landscapes dominated by humans have replaced native habitat in many parts of the world, including Indiana. While human-dominated landscapes can pose novel challenges to wildlife, some species are resilient. The Fudickar Lab has initiated two projects focused on increasing our understanding of how human-dominated landscapes impact the movements and occurrence of wildlife in these areas: