I combine two complementary interests: first, the effects of urbanization on all levels of biological organization; and second, the capacity of city-dwellers to strengthen connections to nature and build knowledge about ecosystems we inhabit. Within the broad overlap of these interests, I have focused on birds and cities.
- Bird conservation & ecology
- Informal science learning
- Citizen science
- GIS, ArcMap
- Modeling Bird-window Collisions in Core Urban Environments (link to overview), Thesis research at U of MN, 2016-2018
- Assessing bird collision risk near the U.S. Bank Stadium, Research Assistant with U of MN, since September 2016
- Toward a Center for Citizen Science in Minnesota, Research Assistant with U of MN, September 2016 to May 2017
- Driven to Discover II Professional Development for Science Educators, U of MN, Summer 2017 & 2018
- Interviewer at Ecology Fair, U of MN, December 2017
- Mentor to undergraduate student on honors thesis, 2016-2018
- Diversifying Involvement in the Natural Resource Community, U of MN, Summer 2016
- Field Tech for Audubon Minnesota, Fall 2017
- Biology Program Volunteer at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, March 2015–August 2015
- Field Tech for research on urban Canada Geese in Chicago IL by Southern Illinois University, November 2014–February 2015
- Analyzing and Designing Change Strategies for the Future of Grassland Birds (FW 8200)
- Current Topics in Avian Conservation (FW 8200)
- GIS for Natural Resources (FNRM 5131): Theory and applications of geographic information science and systems; ArcMap labs; geodatabase design; spatial modeling and analysis using vector & raster data; commonly used datasets (e.g., SSURGO, NWI, NWIS, NLCD, etc.); watershed & surface water modeling
- Preparing Future Conservation & Natural Resource Professionals (FW 8200): Public trust doctrine; legislative and regulatory processes; grants and budget management; NGOs and public sector; community-engagement; facilitation and conflict management
- Remote Sensing, Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources & Environment (FNRM 5262): Principles and applications of remotely sensed data; sensor systems and data resolution (spectral, temporal, spatial); land cover analysis (supervised, unsupervised and object-based classification); change analysis; data fusion
- Modeling Bird-window Collisions in Core Urban Environments (2018).
- Bird Point Counts from Downtown Minneapolis during the 2016 Breeding Season (2018): https://doi.org/10.13020/D69D6M.
- Anderson, A.W. and K. McLachlan (2018). Land Cover Shapefiles from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota: https://doi.org/10.13020/D6111F.
- Blair, R.B., A. W. Anderson, L. Fortson, and A. Lorek-Straus (2018). Recommendations for the Creation of a Center for Citizen Science, Journal of Extension 56(4): 4FEA4.
- Lao, S., A. W. Anderson, R. B. Blair, J. W. Eckles, B. A. Robertson, R. J. Turner, and S. R. Loss (2018). Investigating the Effect of Polarized Light on Bird Collisions with Buildings. Conference Proceedings of The Wildlife Society.
- Will, T., K. Nelson, D. Lambert, L. Elliott, A. Christianson, A. Meyer, H. Ramer, M. Barnes, A. Anderson, and A. Sandler (2016). Change Strategies for the Future of Grassland Birds in the Midwest: A Conservation Deliberation: Conference Proceedings of the Midwest Landscape Conservation Science Symposium, Jan 24–27 2016 in Grand Rapids MI.