Visiting PhD student Marisela Martínez Ruíz is spending 3 months in the lab to hone her landscape ecology know-how.
Marisela works on raptors (birds of prey). During her MSc Marisela studied forest falcons in the rain forest. For her PhD she moved to the dry forest of western Mexico where she is studying habitat needs of the raptor community and how the community was affected by a recent hurricane. In her final chapter she plans to estimate the spatial scale of raptor-landscape interactions using a multi-scale approach.
Last weekend Marisela came on our fall canoe-camping trip and saw bald eagles for the first time. Quite a thrill for a raptor ecologist!