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, a lot of my work so far has focused on birds in cities and other human-dominated landscapes.
- Citizen science (participatory science)
- Bird conservation & ecology
- Science education
- R, 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, September 2016 to July 2019
- Toward a Center for Citizen Science in Minnesota, Research Assistant with U of MN, September 2016 to May 2017
- Instructor at Migratory and Urban Bird Institute, U of MN, July 2019
- Instructor at 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
University of Minnesota:
- Analyzing and Designing Change Strategies for the Future of Grassland Birds (FW 8200, 1 credit)
- Current Topics in Avian Conservation (FW 8200, 1 credit)
- Introduction to Ornithology (EEB 4134, 4 credits)
- Biometry (FW 4001, 4 credits)
- Spatial and Temporal Statistics of Ecological Data (ENT 5126, 3 credits): Principles, applications, & methods for drawing inference from observational datasets in ecology, including transformation of non-normally distributed data, mixed models, generalized linear models, model selection techniques, etc.
- GIS for Natural Resources (FNRM 5131, 4 credits): 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
- Remote Sensing, Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources & Environment (FNRM 5262, 3 credits): 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
- Spatial Database Design & Administration (GIS 5577, 1 credit): Tools and strategies to create data management plans, query databases, visualize & store data, etc.
- Preparing Future Conservation & Natural Resource Professionals (FW 8200, 2 credits): Public trust doctrine; legislative and regulatory processes; grants and budget management; NGOs and public sector; community-engagement; facilitation and conflict management
- Loss, S., S. Lao, J.W. Eckles, A.W. Anderson, R.B. Blair, R.J. Turner (2019). Factors influencing bird-building collisions in the downtown area of a major North American city. PLoS ONE 14(11): e0224164 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0224164.
- 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.
- Fortson, L. (presenter), A. W. Anderson, R. B. Blair, and A. Strauss. So you want to create a Center for Citizen Science … what now? (2019). Conference Proceedings of the Citizen Science Association, March 13–17, Raleigh, NC.
- 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.