Traffic Noise Negatively Affects Developing Birds
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I use a multilevel approach to investigate the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on free-living birds. For my dissertation, I experimentally test the behavioral, physiological and molecular, and population-level responses to traffic noise in tree swallows. Currently, I am investigating the effects of artificial light at night on stress and immune responses in tree swallows. I am also using passive acoustic monitoring to assess the effects of aircraft overflights on avian vocalization behavior and habitat use, across species and time. I believe this integrative research is important in order to understand the full range of effects of anthropogenic disturbance.

                       

Traffic Noise Negatively Affects Developing Birds

A recent study found that for an overwhelming majority of U.S. Counties (> 90%), transportation noise is audible in at least 50% of the land area. This surprisingly large blanket of noise affects urban, rural, and otherwise undisturbed habitats, as sound can travel far beyond roadways, railways, and runways. Exposure to transportation noise, such as traffic noise from roadways, can have negative impacts on humans (e.g. increased risk of hypertension), as well as wildlife (e.g. reduced number of offspring and/or offspring...

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