Anna Buckardt Thomas, M.S. Student
Advisor: Amber Roth – Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology and School of Forest Resources
Summer 2016 – Spring 2019
B.S. 2014, Wildlife Ecology and Management and Applied Ecology and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Brief Biography: I grew up in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, IL, where I spent time exploring the forest around my house. My mother brainwashed me into becoming a birder when I was young. But I’m not complaining, because I’m thrilled to be able to study birds here at UMaine. I enjoy hiking, camping, biking, and pretty much anything else I can do outside.
Current Research: The general theme of my research is conservation of young forest birds. My first chapter focuses on understanding the role of landowners in monitoring the response of American Woodcock to habitat management. Interviews and pilot monitoring has allowed me to understand landowner barriers and motivation to participate in citizen science, as well as their monitoring interests and ability. My second chapter looks at the response of Golden-winged Warblers to shrubland habitat management, investigating if conservation strategies are meeting their intended goals. And my final chapter using light-level geolocator technology to track the annual migration of Golden-winged Warblers.