Avian ecology and behavior; bioacoustics; conservation; community-driven science
FW 3108 - Field Methods in Research and Conservation of Vertebrate Populations
FW 1001 - Orientation in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
ESPM 3575/5575 - Wetlands
I work on topics ranging from natural history to behavioral ecology, and much of my research is driven by questions related to the conservation and management of threatened species in human-influenced landscapes. My work draws upon interdisciplinary approaches, including field data, spatial analyses, landscape-scale acoustic monitoring, and quantitative tools to provide applied outcomes for pressing conservation and management issues.
West, E. H. and H.H. Jones. Human food subsidies drive individual specialization and intrapopulation dietary differences in a generalist predator, the Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri). Ecosphere. In press.
Brunk, K., M.Z. Peery, E.H. West, and A.M. Pidgeon. 2022. Failed despots and the equitable distribution of fitness in a subsidized species. Behavioral Ecology arac064. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arac064
Brunk, K., M.Z. Peery, E.H. West, and A. M. Pidgeon. 2021. Reducing anthropogenic subsidies can curb density of overabundant predators in protected areas. Biological Conservation 256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109081
Pagel, R.K., E.H. West, A.W. Jones, and H.M. Streby. 2020. Variation in individual autumn migration and winter paths of Great Lakes red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) Animal Migration 7(1): 9-18
West, E.H., K. Brunk, and M.Z. Peery. 2019. When protected areas produce source populations of overabundant species. Biological Conservation 238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108220
West, E.H. and M.Z. Peery. 2017. Behavioral mechanisms leading to improved fitness in a subsidized predator. Oecologia 184(4): 787-798.
West, E.H., W.R. Henry, W. Goldenberg, and M. Z. Peery. 2016. Influence of food subsidies on the foraging ecology of a synanthropic species in protected areas. Ecosphere 7(10): 1-15.