Chris Field

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PhD Student

University of Connecticut
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Office: BioPharm 310
Phone: (860) 486-3005
Mailing address:
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043


I recently rejoined UConn EEB after working for several years as a conservation practitioner at a national non-profit. My experiences working on the “front lines” of conservation have steered my research interests toward addressing questions that can directly influence the way conservation is done on-the-ground. Specifically, I hope to apply and advance ideas from population biology, evidence-based conservation, and systematic reserve design, with the ultimate goal of providing practitioners with the information and tools needed for making smarter conservation decisions, especially in the face of the uncertainty from changing ecological and social landscapes.

In addition to conservation research, I’ve spent time studying birdsong, the demographics of early-successional birds, and the transmission dynamics of zoonotic diseases. Uniting all of my past and present research projects is a general interest in better understanding and evaluating the quantitative methods by which we make inferences about ecological patterns and processes. I’m especially interested in Bayesian analyses in WinBUGS and R; I’ll be posting the code from some upcoming projects on this page.


Field, C., Elphick, C., Leenders, A. 2009. More effective statewide conservation through systematic planning. Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources 3rd Annual Meeting. Storrs, CT.

Field, C., Osborne, D., Richardson, S., Shallow, J., Tepper, H. 2010. Audubon's Atlantic Flyway Initiative. National Land Trust Rally 2010. Hartford, CT.

Field, C. 2009. Breeding Bird Atlases as tools for conservation. Connecticut Ornithological Association Annual Meeting 2009. Middlesex, CT.


  • National Audubon Society ACE Award
  • Audubon Connecticut Excellence Award
  • Quebec-Labrador Foundation Sounds Conservancy Grant
  • People's Bank Community Foundation Award
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fund Award

Teaching/Research Experience

  • Summer 2007 - Summer 2008: Researcher, Yale University, Department of Epidemiology
  • Spring 2007: Teaching Assistant, University of Connecticut, BIOL 1102: Foundations of Biology