SPOTLIGHT: Science & Environment
Using "People Power" to Understand Backyard Biodiversity - Corey Calaghan, Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
Originally from Western New York, I moved to south Florida where I did my Masters research on Purple (or Gray-headed) Swamphens. After this, I moved to Australia to do a PhD focused on how birds respond to urbanization, followed by a Postdoc in Germany focused on how to optimize sampling of biodiversity by citizen scientists. Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. My current research tends to focus on urban ecology, asking fundamental questions such as how species traits influence a species’ ability to persist in urban ecosystems as well as applied questions such as how to better preserve biodiversity in urban greenspaces. While I am partial to birds, my research cuts across different taxa including birds, amphibians, butterflies, and multi-taxa compilations. I also spend a lot of time thinking about optimizing citizen science data for use in biodiversity research. When not working, I spend my free time with my wife, toddler, and dog birding, hiking, and camping.