Hello and welcome! I am a Conservation Ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. I'm working on ecosystem-level effects of the reintroduction of native grazers (Bison) onto the Northern Great Plains of Montana. Specifically, how behavioral differences between Bison and Cattle impact biodiversity and function of bird and mammal communities in grassland and riparian habitats. This work is part of a partnership with the American Prairie Reserve. Summers you can find me at the reserve in eastern Montana and winters hibernating in Missoula.
Andy J. Boyce
2/9/19: I wrote a general introduction to our grassland conservation work in Eastern Montana for the National Zoo website. Link
2/2/2019: First chapter of my dissertation is out in the world. Using playback experiments we show that closely-related birds with adjacent ranges don't always show aggressive responses to each other. We also point out that co-existing species sometimes *are* really aggressive. Cool results if I don't say to myself, but means we have to be really careful in interpreting what interspecific aggression actually means relative to competitive exclusion. See article in Behavioral Ecology HERE.
9/28/2018: My photo-note on the use of fungus-infected woody material in birds nests was published in Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment. CHECK OUT HOW COOL THESE NESTS ARE.
NEWS DUMP: Between the last "NEWS" and today (9/28/18), I finished my PhD (Yay!), spent 5 months as a postdoc working on breeding biology and migration in Cordilleran Flycatchers with Dr. Charles van Riper III @ The University of Arizona, and finally...accepted a 3yr position studying links between biodiversity and native grazers (Bison) with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Check out a video introduction to our project below.
10/19/2016: Our paper on latitudinal patterns in life-histories in new world thrushes is out in the Journal of Avian Biology! Link to early view is here. Photo: Daniel Muñoz.
12/29/16: Turns out birds put roofs on nests for the same reason humans put roofs on houses; for protection from danger, but more importantly, to buffer the effects of nasty weather on the inhabitants. See our paper in Functional Ecology here.
5/1/2016: Maria Stager and I are excited to be organizing an accepted symposium at NAOC 2016 in Washington D.C. If you have an interest in Metabolic Ecology, please come check out the talks on Friday, August 19th!
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