Benjamin Lagasse
M.S. • 2016 • Wunder Lab
Department of Integrative Biology

Interests: Through my studies, travels, and time spent living on the Atlantic coast I developed an appreciation for the ways migratory species navigate thousands of kilometers and overcome countless challenges throughout their annual cycle. Perhaps no group of birds embodies this ability better than Arctic-breeding shorebirds, and so for my thesis I’m looking at the migration ecology of the Dunlin. My primary interest is to understand whether divergent migratory patterns exist between four subspecific populations that co-occurr on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, and whether this warrants a nuanced population-specific approach to their conservation. To do this, my research focuses on assessing the spatiotemporal dynamics of subspecific populations during the nonbreeding period using light-level geolocators.