Wetland birds are visible contributors to biodiversity that connect freshwater wetlands, coastal marshes, and marine ecosystems — the very places that people also enjoy for recreation and depend on for jobs. Research in the Conservation and Biodiversity Lab supports managers and policymakers charged with sustaining this coastal interface of the Gulf of Mexico. Our research questions focus on wetland birds and their connections to water, fish, and invertebrates. Our expertise is strong in wetland bird ecology and conservation, ecosystem restoration, and bird-monitoring programs for aquatic ecosystem management. We have a special focus on habitat models and on how hydrologic processes control wading bird populations.
We provide quantitative tools and new science-based information to guide managers and policymakers on conservation decisions involving wetland birds, freshwater flows, and coastal ecosystems.