Pre-construction assessment of the potential impacts of offshore wind facilities on birds: The Rhode Island Experience

2013 Coastal Perspective Lecture Series
University of Connecticut
Avery Point

Tuesday, February 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Pre-construction assessment of the potential impacts of offshore wind facilities on birds:  The Rhode Island Experience

By Dr. Peter Paton

Professor of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island

Dr. Paton is a wildlife ecologist whose research focuses on the conservation of vertebrate populations, with an emphasis on birds and amphibians. He is particularly interested in the impact of humans on vertebrates in New England. His recent avian research projects have included studies of the population ecology of neo-tropical migratory birds and shorebirds at a stopover sites during fall migration, the effects of salt marsh restoration on Saltmarsh Sparrows, foraging habitat selection by wading birds in Narragansett Bay, and an assessment of the distribution and abundance of birds using offshore waters off of Rhode Island. His research on pond-breeding amphibians has included movement phenology, assessment of techniques for monitoring population trends, investigation of the effects of landscape structure on population size, and assessment of the importance of within-pond and landscape-level habitat features on amphibian community structure.

Lecture series is FREE and open to the public.  Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m., with light refreshments at 7:10.

Lectures are held in the Seminar Room, room 103, Marine Science Building, UConn Avery Point Campus.

The April 9th Symposium is held in the Branford House, UConn Avery Point Campus.

This series is sponsored by The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, the Department of Marine Sciences, UCONN and the Maritime Studies Program, UCONN.  For more information, visit our website at email

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