Tropical birds in logged forests

A phylogenetic tree of bird species that respond positively to selective logging in the tropics (green) and negatively (red).

There are some species that do relatively well in selectively logged tropical forests, but others cannot tolerate even the mildest disturbance. By pooling together over 4000 measurements of population sizes of over 900 bird species from published research, I found out which species do well and which we should worry about in parts of tropical forests that are selectively logged. We also made a predictive model based on species traits and logging practices which helps us understand why some species do like logging whereas other disappear. The full article is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The cover photo for this project was taken by Cagan Sekercioglu.

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