Migratory birds face increasing challenges as they cross hemispheres under the cover of darkness. Dr. Benjamin Van Doren will discuss recent advances in the science of monitoring and forecasting bird migration, and how the BirdCast project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is bringing migration to the masses in an era of big data. Dr. Van Doren will also discuss how light pollution impacts migratory birds, presenting recent insights into the drivers of urban bird collisions and how lights-out programs can make a difference.
Dr. Benjamin Van Doren studies the eco-evolutionary responses of migratory birds to environmental change. His research spans spatial and population scales and straddles ecology, evolution, behavior, and conservation. Dr. Van Doren earned a PhD in Zoology from Oxford University, and he has received achievement awards from the Linnean Society of London, Zoological Society of London, and the American Ornithological Society. As a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, he explores how climate change, light pollution, and human-dominated landscapes influence migratory bird ecology and behavior.
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