Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, U-43, Storrs, CT 06269-3043
Email: chris.elphick @ uconn.edu
Depending on my
mood, I consider myself a conservation biologist, an applied ecologist, or an
ornithologist, with research interests that span behavioral, population,
community and landscape ecology. Most of my research has focused on aquatic
species that occur in wetland or agricultural habitats, but I’ve also worked in
tropical forest, the boreal zone, and the open ocean. Despite this breadth (or,
if you like, lack of focus) the overriding goal that unites much of my work is
understanding how best ecologists can guide management decisions so as to
reconcile the conservation of biological diversity with other human activities.
My current research interests involve studies of breeding birds in tidal marshes (mostly saltmarsh and seaside sparrows, but also other species), studies of birds in agricultural settings (mostly waterbirds in rice, but also other taxa in other crops), and studies of past and projected avian extinctions.
For more information, check out the links on the sidebar.
WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR SHORT-TERM FIELD TECHNICIANS ON TWO PROJECTS: (1) A NEW STUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON BIRDS AND THEIR HABITATS IN COASTAL LONG ISLAND SOUND (5 POSITIONS; GOOD BIRD IDENTIFICATION SKILLS ESSENTIAL). MORE INFORMATION HERE. (2) AN ON-GOING STUDY OF THE DEMOGRAPHY OF TIDAL MARSH BIRDS (2-3 POSITIONS IN CONNECTICUT, OTHER POSITIONS ON THE SAME PROJECT IN NEW JERSEY AND MAINE; BIRD BANDING AND/OR NEST FINDING EXPERIENCE PREFERRED). MORE INFORMATION HERE.
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 12-MONTH POSITION ADVERTIZED RECENTLY AS THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.
Directions to my office can be found here.