GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! It's World Cup season and the stakes could not be any higher for the countries still competing. Brasil 2014 has proven to be brutal with the humidity, the heat, and the competition. But, Brazil is not the only South American country to tout these exotic conditions. Peru, to Brazil’s west, is also thick with Amazon rainforest and all creatures tropical—including the macaw.
Elizabeth Devitt from Mongabay interviewed me about my PhD research.
When a massive road project connected the ports of Brazil to the shipping docks of Peru in 2011, spanning the South American continent, conservationists predicted widespread impacts on wildlife living along the route that stretches almost 5,500 kilometers (about 3,400 miles). Roads are a well-documented source of habitat fragmentation, interfering with access to available habitat for many terrestrial and tree-dwelling species. However, it wasn’t clear whether or not birds are able to fly over these barriers. George Olah, a biologist from the Australian National University, set out to see if they can...
Postdoc in conservation genetics @ The Australian National University