Research

Olivia’s research interests include wildlife ecology, conservation biology, and environmental policy. She is currently working on her doctoral research in the UW Quantitative Ecology Lab, run by Dr. Beth Gardner. Her dissertation is focused on characterizing and quantifying the impacts of air pollution on wild birds, specifically smoke. At the moment, her projects include:

1) using citizen science to model the impacts of particle pollution on bird observations

2) monitoring birds before, during, and after wildfires and prescribed burns to understand the impacts of smoke inhalation on bird activity

3) coordinating a community science program tracking the impact of social distancing on birds in the Pacific Northwest