Landscapes dominated by humans have replaced native habitat in many parts of the world. While human-dominated landscapes can pose novel challenges, some species benefit when landscapes are modified by humans. Our research currently aims to identify impacts of human-dominated landscapes on wildlife. We compare characteristics of individuals in human-dominated and non-human-dominated landscapes, a critical step in predicting the extent of species/population level adaptability and resilience. Specifically, we are interested in behavioral and physiological adaptations required for animals (birds, so far) to persist in human-dominated landscapes.
Fudickar, A.M., Greives, T.J., Abolins-Abols, M., Atwell, J.W., Meddle, S., Friis, G., Stricker, C.A., and Ketterson, E.D. 2017. Mechanisms associated with an advance in the timing of seasonal reproduction in an urban songbird. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5: 85.