Jay Burtka, M.S. student
Major advisor: Jennifer Grindstaff.
Behavioral ecology, avian ecology, and conservation.
B.S. 2005, Hillsdale College
In general, I am interested in avian behavior, communication, and factors influencing fitness and population fluctuations as well as interactions with invasive species.
My research involves the interaction between a native passerine, the Eastern Bluebird and an invasive competitor, the House Sparrow. I utilize simulated territorial intrusions to determine nest defense intensity in wild populations of Eastern Bluebirds. I also incorporate environmental and physiological parameters to explain this behavior and relate nest defense to nestling success and growth.