Tanner Steeves

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BS/MS Student

E-mail: tanner.steeves[AT]gmail.com
Office: BioPharm 402
Voice: (860) 486-3839


Mailing address:
Tanner Steeves
75 N. Eagleville Road, U-3043
Storrs, CT 06269


M.S. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, 2006–Present
Uconn Ornithology Research Group [1]
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Primary Advisor: Margaret Rubega

B.S. Wildlife Management, 2004
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH [2]

Research Interests and Involvement

Currently: Chimney Swifts in Connecticut -> [3]
My main interests are applied conservation biology, avian ecology, and avian conservation

Check out Chris Field's CT Marsh Birds Monitoring website [4]

2009 AOU Oral Presentation:
Chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica) populations are steadily declining. Management efforts are hampered by the lack of published data on chimney swift habitat associations. We know that chimneys in general constitute suitable breeding sites, but few aspects of the preferred habitat surrounding the chimneys have been quantified. Artificial nesting towers are an increasingly popular conservation approach, but are ultimately unlikely to succeed unless we know where towers should be placed. We used a database of known nesting locations, and a Connecticut land cover database, to investigate swift-chimney habitat associations at multiple spatial scales. We found that chimney swift nest sites are positively associated with Developed land cover, and with Agricultural land cover, at all the spatial scales (0.5 km, 3.5 km, and 6.5 km) examined. Conversely, swifts are negatively associated with Forested land cover. We interpret these relationships as reflecting the need of chimney swifts for nesting sites (chimneys) near food (insect)- generating grasslands. Our results suggest that conservation efforts should be focused in suburban areas, near Agricultural land cover.