Swift, Rose: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Project Title: 
Eco-evolutionary consequences of reproductive investment in a changing world
Project Abstract: 
One of the most rapidly changing ecosystems is the sub-Arctic, where harsh conditions and a variable environment offer little forgiveness to mismatched phenotypes. Long distance migrants, such as Hudsonian Godwits (Limosa haemastica), may be especially sensitive to the consequences of such mismatches between breeding ecology and changing climate. My work uses a banded population of godwits to understand the drivers and consequences of reproductive investments comparing seasonal carry-over effects to within breeding season effects on chick fledging success. Understanding the ecological drivers and demographic consequences of reproductive investments is necessary to predict how climate change will affect long-term persistence.