David Perkins

I worked in the Perlut lab for 3 years researching how the edge effect influence Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in Vermont pastures and hayfields. I conducted GIS analysis and was able to produce distance to edge data for the birds Noah has been studying in the field.  With this data we conducted statistical analysis to examine the relationship of edge of various fitness benefits. Ultimately we (collaborating with Allan Strong, University of Vermont) published “Minor Fitness Benefits of Edge Avoidance for the Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows” in the AUK. Now I am teaching Physical Science and Nute Middle/High and am enjoying teaching a classroom of my own students. The experience and insight I gained from doing real world scientific research is one of the most valuable things UNE give me.