DOES URBANIZATION CHANGE THE PACE-OF-LIFE OF BIRDS? Two years of ecological research in a desert metropolis in Arizona by Tuul Sepp
We know that urbanization has slowed down the pace of human lives - we live longer and have less offsprings than our ancestors. As more and more wild birds are now affected by urbanization, I set out to study if, similarly to us, their life history is also changing, using the rapidly expanding desert city of Phoenix as a field site. My post-doctoral project started with an idea for explaining the low reproductive success of city birds, and expanded to include physiological adaptations, behavioral strategies, and cancer biology of wild animals living in anthropogenically impacted habitats. Come and see what I have discovered!
Tuul Sepp, PhD, is a Researcher at the Chair of Animal Ecology, Department of Zoology, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu.
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