I am a PhD candidate at the University of South Dakota Biology Department. I study habitat, nest success and heat stress of the Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor). I am interested in the impacts of climate change and the conversion of grassland and flat gravel rooftop nest sites in eastern South Dakota. I have been 1) conducting point counts around sunset to determine habitat associations, 2) determining the association between activity and weather (i.e. cloud cover, temperature) and temporal (i.e. moon phase, time to sunset) effects, 3) conducting rooftop nest checks, 4) determining temperature thresholds that induce heat stress in chicks and failure in egg incubation, and 5) measuring stress hormones in chicks.
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