About

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I’m a NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, an ORISE Fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey, a Consultant Conservation Biologist with Terwilliger Consulting, a Research Scientist at the University of Connecticut, and a Subject Editor at the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology.

I consider myself an integrative ecologist and generally study how disturbance, like climate change and habitat loss, affects the distribution and extinction risk of birds and other animals. 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 am. 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.

Additionally, I am a science communicator and regularly write, perform, and appear on podcasts to discuss science, conservation, and being a scientist.

I hang out with my daughter in my spare time, 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!

5 Responses to About

  1. Joe Kubeck says:

    I am sure I saw a pair of the parrots in Guilford Ct. drinking out of a puddle. It was about 15 years ago. There were two so I don’t think it was an escaped pet.

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    • kevinburgio says:

      You very likely saw Monk Parakeets, a species originally from South America but started building up populations in coastal Connecticut and many other places in the world after so many pets were released or escaped. I did my undergraduate research on populations in West Haven and Stratford!

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  2. Craig says:

    We’ve had a flock of 15 – 20 birds that look just like your parrots near Lyons,
    CO every spring for a few days each year for 15 years. They don’t hang around long but look exactly like the Carolina Parakeets. FYI

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  3. Jane says:

    I’m a bird watcher also. Your aunt Jean was telling me about you today and I was very impressed. She works for my mother

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