Montane Avifauna Distribution in the Albertine Rift
Fields of Interest:
Avian ecology, biodiversity, tropical conservation management, endemism
The first goal of my research is to finally establish an openly accessible baseline of the avifauna of the remaining fragment of Gishwati forest—at least as recorded during his two months of fieldwork—in a peer-reviewed ornithological journal. While back in New Haven I will be analyzing the results of the 400+ point counts conducted across and around the forest to determine if there are significant changes in avian diversity (considering factors such as body size, diet preference, forest dependence, and so on) based on proximity to the edge of the forest, which is surrounded by a mix of cow pasture, tea plantations, non-native Eucalyptus forest, and other agriculture. These results will help assess the impacts of fragmentation in tropical montane forests on bird communities.