Topics Mikey can bring to your classroom:EcologyAnimal BiologyConservation BiologyMathematical ModelingAnimal DissectionsGeneticsEvolutionNatural Selection
B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University
Rats (Rattus spp.) have been introduced to thousands of islands around the world, causing detrimental effects to native flora and fauna. I study the effects of invasive Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) on passerine birds in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). (The Falklands are located off the southeast coast of Argentina.) Using a dataset of surveys from 150 islands, I study the differences in metacommunity dynamics between islands with rats from those without rats. I also study the effects of rodent eradications on birds.
I grew up in Missouri and always enjoyed the outdoors. I moved to Tennessee for college and stayed there, attempting to start a business that produced 100% biodegradable packaging peanuts. When the economy crashed, I decided to go back to school and to move to my favorite part of the country-the West. I really enjoy living and playing in the mountains. I’m passionate about my research and other conservation issues.