Fifty years of avian ecology research at the HBEF
Co-sponsored by Plymouth State University, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, and with the support of the US Forest Service
Please join us to help mark 50 years of continuous study of bird populations at Hubbard Brook. The project, led throughout by Richared Holmes, Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College, with the invaluable support of his wife, Deborah Holmes, involved many students and colleagues, and provides numerous insights into bird population and community ecology. The research findings inform forest management and the conseration of migratory songbirds. The body of research produced includes more than 220 bird-related publications to date and 20 Ph.D. dissertations, and it has profoundly influenced the trajectory of research in avian ecology. Topics of study include, but are not limited to, avian energetics and the role of birds in ecosystem processes, foraging ecology and diet, species interactions, community structure, habitat selection, food limitation and population regulation, the role of nest predation, year-around patterns of avian survivorship, and the effects of weather and climate on the choices that birds make. Additionally, Hubbard Brook scientists extended their research to examine the ecology of selected migratory species in their tropical winter quarters, which has shown that events happening during the non-breeding period have important effects on the dynamics of these bird populations. This research has been funded continuously by 21 grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and is unique in the breadth of concepts examined and in its duration. Its findings create a framework for predicting how future changes in habitat quality, climate, and other environmental threats may influence bird populations and communities in north-temperate forests.
Presentations at Plymouth State are open to the public.
Registration for the full meeting can be made here: Registration