Chris Vennum

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020

Ph.D. Student, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Research Summary: The green revolution of the mid-20th century provided technological advances in agricultural that supported and allowed for a dramatic increase in the human population. The global human population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 and will require even more land converted to agricultural. This transformation will come at a cost to natural ecosystems and the wildlife. My research focus on the demography and trajectories of wildlife populations utilizing agricultural habitats, specifically migratory birds. I’m interested in how certain crop types influence not only where birds’ nests but how their survival, reproductive efforts, and long-term use is influenced.