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About Birdy Hour with Dr. Daniel Karp

During his Birdy Hour, Daniel will first discuss how habitat conversion to agriculture is affecting tropical bird communities, identifying the losers and winners of agricultural expansion. He will then outline how climate change may affect bird communities in agricultural landscapes, both in Costa Rica and across North America. Finally, Daniel will shift his focus to California agricultural systems, where recent foodborne disease outbreaks have created strong pressure on produce farmers to reduce wildlife intrusion into crop fields by removing non-crop habitat. Specifically, he will evaluate not only how habitat removal affects food safety, but also consider potential tradeoffs for conserving biodiversity, controlling pests, and maintaining high crop yields. 


Daniel Karp is an associate professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. Daniel completed his Ph.D. in 2013 and undergraduate studies in 2009 at Stanford University’s Department of Biology. Following his graduate studies, Daniel became an inaugural NatureNet postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Nature Conservancy. He then received a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research at The University of British Colombia, before joining the faculty at UC Davis. A critical challenge for this century is transitioning towards sustainable farming systems that simultaneously produce food and conserve wildlife. The Karp Lab at UC Davis uses ecological research to develop strategies for co-managing agriculture for conservation, crop production, and food-safety outcomes, both in the tropics and here in California.


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