Ryan Chitwood

I am a second-year MS student co-advised by Dr. Richard Chandler and Dr. Robert Cooper. For my thesis work, I am investigating the demographic causes of population declines of Black-throated Blue Warblers (Setogphaga caerulescens) at the trailing edge of their breeding range in relation to climate change. To test hypotheses related to climatic influences on demography, I am developing a new extension of the Jolly-Seber model to compare Black-throated Blue Warbler demography at two sites: one near the center of this species’ distribution (Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest) and the other at the trailing edge of its distribution (Coweeta Hyrdrologic Laboratory).

To learn more email me at 11rchit (at) uga.edu.

A disapproving male Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) and me.