Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Expert in: Ornithology
Bird species differ greatly in their ability to survive in human-altered landscapes. Flaspohler, an ornithologist by training, looks at landscape-scale patterns and cascading effects that ripple through ecosystems because of invasive species and land use change. He examines the impacts of invasive rats in Hawaii, bioenergy crops from Argentina to Mexico, and edge effects on forest birds in the Great Lakes region. Closer to home, he helps run a peregrine falcon nest cam on the Houghton-Hancock Lift Bridge. Flaspohler has written opinion pieces in the New York Times and other news outlets.