- Movement Ecology
- IU Bloomington
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As a Movement Ecology Research Associate with the Environmental Resilience Institute, Allison Byrd draws upon her vast background in field biology. Byrd joins the Institute after several years as a Wildlife Biologist specializing in Common Loons (Gavia immer) and songbirds in both New England and the Intermountain West. She received her masters at the University of Maine where she focused on the effects of climate change on loon distribution and energetics. Prior to graduate school, Byrd spent ten years assisting on field projects with a variety of taxa across the United States and abroad.
Byrd’s diverse background is well suited to the wide array of projects that she oversees as a Movement Ecology Research Associate. Working closely with Dr. Ellen Ketterson and Dr. Adam Fudickar, Byrd will be establishing and maintaining an array of automated animal tracking stations in Indiana. These stations will allow Byrd and fellow IU researchers to ask questions about bird movements on a local scale and contribute to a larger network, called Motus, that spans regions of the western hemisphere.
As part of Byrd’s tenure with the Environmental Resilience Institute, she will also be improving the current songbird holding facilities. The focus of these efforts will be to build and maintain a successful avian propagation program which will facilitate the study of adaptive responses to environmental change in songbirds. In conjunction with these efforts, Byrd will assist in the renovation and enhancement of the Kent Farm Research Station, which houses the Kent Farm Bird Observatory. This station will support both the study and communication (to the public and to other researchers) of movement ecology in order to preserve and understand the diversity of biota both here in Indiana and across their migration routes.