I am currently involved in an interdisciplinary
research (Sea Bird Ecology Team) between the Biology and
Math departments at Andrews University, MI. For my master's
thesis, I am working on arriving at a deterministic, continuous-time
model for habitat patch occupancy dynamics in glaucous-winged
gulls at Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge, Washington.
During the summer of 2003, Karl Phillips (a fellow grad
student and Sea Bird Ecology Team member) and I observed
random asynchronous gull movement across different habitat
patches on and around the island and collected hourly census
and flow data. The flow rates to and from individual habitat
patches can be expressed as functions of environmental variables.
Multiple time scale analysis is then used to build step-wise,
predictive, deterministic models for occupancy dynamics.
Such models that predict distribution and abundance dynamics
of organisms are important in better understanding the temporal
and spatial organization of the ecological system, and as
a result enhance the decision-making process in natural
General Research Interests:
Due to my broad interests in conservation
biology, population and community ecology and mathematical
modeling, I am interested in working on mathematical models
that attempt to provide PRACTICAL solutions to the fundamental
problems in conservation biology. I am interested in models
on reserve design, or quantifying the impacts of habitat
fragmentation/ degradation/ anthropogenic disturbances on
biodiversity or models that attempt to quantify probabilities
of extinction of species or predictive models that enable
testing the impact of environmental policy implementation
or basically just about any model that uses the quantitative
approach to better assess and evaluate conservation issues
and thereby enable better conservation planning.