Western Slope, COUnited States
About Anna Mangan
Anna is a Master’s student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and her home department is Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (FWCB). Her major advisor is Dr. Liba Pejchar, an Assistant Professor in the FWCB department. She is also collaborating with USDA's National Wildlife Research Center. Anna will be investigating the ecological and economic tradeoffs associated with avian species in agricultural fruit systems and the visual cues related to ecosystem services (i.e. insect removal) and disservices (i.e. crop depredation). Anna will be collecting biophysical data and connecting it with existing economic data to evaluate the role of birds in orchards under various management scenarios. Her goal is to assess the ecological and economic tradeoffs related to birds for the benefit of land users and conservation decision makers and develop effective means for distributing this information. She will be working closely with producers to conduct field work in orchards along the Western Slope, the principle fruit growing region in Colorado. Potential outcomes of her research will offer novel insights into the fundamental knowledge of avian foraging and will provide practical solutions for optimizing agricultural productivity and conservation benefits.