I’m the Director of Conservation Science at NYC Audubon, a Research Scientist at the University of Connecticut, and Subject Editor at the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology.
I consider myself an integrative ecologist and generally study of how disturbance, like climate change and habitat loss, affects the distribution and extinction risk of birds and other animals. In the past, my research has focused primarily on parrots, but with my new position at NYC Audubon, I will now be focusing more on urban ecology. Additionally, I do research in the fields of science communication and education.
Aside from ecological research, I’m an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality in science, and am personally a first-generation college student, disabled military veteran, single-parent, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I sometimes write about social justice issues in science, like this article on the barriers to open science and how remote postdoctoral jobs can be a tool for more inclusiveness in STEM. I believe Black Lives Matter and that it is my role, as a white, cis-male, to use my privilege to the benefit of those not as privileged as I. While it certainly benefits science and conservation to be diverse, inclusive, and equitable, I believe it is just the right and just thing to do and needs no further justification.
In my spare time, I hang out with my daughter and we often spend time outdoors birdwatching, metal detecting, fishing, and rockhounding. I also enjoy restoring vintage items, such as cast iron pans, furniture, and watches. I also have two cats who have been keeping me company during this pandemic. Please follow me on Twitter if you feel like it – @KRBurgio!