Avery Meeker

profileavesCurrently I am a graduate student (MSc) at the University of Washington researching recreations impact on tundra breeding birds in Denali National Park. Previously I have acquired degree’s in both Sociology (BA) and Environmental Science and Resource Management (BS) from the University of Washington. As an undergraduate I conducted a short research study on the Avian Abundance and Richness across an Urban to Wildland gradient in Costa Rica. I have interned/volunteered for various nonprofits and institutions such as COASST, Washington Wild, Raptor View Research Institute and Simon Fraser University (BC). I have worked directly with birds on projects focusing on animal behavior, migration, ecology and conservation.

I am an avid birdwatcher, backpacker, and ecosystem explorer. I enjoy the solitude and secrets of nature, which influence my appreciation for animals and conservation. Through my research I hope to better understand the how the natural and social worlds overlap in order to protect and sustain natures integrity. This blog is a personal investigation into the world of science, sustainability and nature.

My current research project involves understanding how humans are impacting breeding alpine/tundra birds in Denali National Park. Example species include the American-golden plover, Surfbird, American Pipit, Horned Lark and Northern Wheatear. We will conduct nest observation and create occupancy models of these species during and following our field seasons in spring and summer of 2017-2018.

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