Author Archives: Kate Ruskin

SHARP postdoc Chris Field is giving a webinar for NOAA on coastal landowner behavior and attitudes

Chris Field, a SHARP PhD graduate and currently a postdoctoral fellow for the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center, is giving a webinar for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week.   Will landowner behavior resilient forests hold back marsh migration … Continue reading

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Infrared video from a Saltmarsh Sparrow nest during a flooding event shows nest flooding, female returning to incubate

This field season, UConn graduate student Samantha Apgar is using infrared cameras to record the nesting behavior of tidal marsh birds DURING the monthly high tide events that often cause nest failure.  Here’s a time lapse video from a Saltmarsh … Continue reading

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SHARP research clarifies the subspecies question for Saltmarsh and Nelson’s Sparrows

Postdoc Jen Walsh and SHARP collaborators (Adrienne Kovach, Chris Elphick, Gregory Shriver, and Brian Olsen) recently published a paper in Molecular Ecology investigating the genetic structure of the Saltmarsh-Nelson’s sparrow subspecies complex. This study used a reduced representation sequencing approach … Continue reading

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Dispatch from the field: a day in Rhode Island

At SHARP, we like to bring volunteers into the field as often as possible to allow them to experience the marsh firsthand and teach them about the conservation of tidal marsh birds.  This summer, the UConn crew was joined by … Continue reading

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Tidal marsh birds are declining– SHARP population trends are published

A major goal of SHARP’s initial work plan was to produce population trends for the saltmarsh sparrow and other specialist species. Maureen “Mo” Correll, a recent graduate from the University of Maine’s PhD program in Ecology and Environmental Science, led … Continue reading

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Grad student Sam Roberts won first place talk award in NYC!

Last week, SHARP grad student Sam Roberts won the first place talk award for “Best use of quantitative methods in conservation research” at the Student Conference on Conservation Science held at the Center for Biodiversity Conservation at the American Museum … Continue reading

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New SHARP article highlighted by Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society just released a feature highlighting a new article in Conservation Biology authored by Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program postdoc Mo Correll.  Reporter Hannah Furfaro really sets the scene, both the conservation challenges faced by Saltmarsh … Continue reading

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SHARP research highlighted by PBS

PBS recently featured SHARP research online in an article by John Pratt entitled “Can the Saltmarsh Sparrow Keep Its Head Above Water?” Here’s a link to the story, which includes a clip of incredible video footage of tidal marsh birds … Continue reading

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SHARP presents at Science Picnic series on Nantucket Island

Postdoc Kate Ruskin recently presented on the work of SHARP project regionwide and on Nantucket this year.  The talk was part of a Science Picnic series hosted by the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, a local conservation group.

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SHARP profiled by ecoRI Environmental News

A new article by ecoRI environmental news profiles the decline of the Saltmarsh Sparrow and the work of SHARP.

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