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I am an ecologist and I do research with conservation application.
Currently a PhD candidate in the Ecology Graduate Group at University of California, Davis, I am examining the conservation and ecosystem service benefits of habitat patches found amid the highly altered agricultural landscape matrix of California's Great Central Valley. These patches are field and orchard margins comprised of riparian and oak woodland vegetation, and native plant hedgerows designed to attract insect pollinators, predators, and parasitoids beneficial to crops. I like to think about the pest control services birds utilizing these patches might provide to growers and the fitness benefits and costs these field margin habitats might confer to birds.