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NKU students involved in the research project
NKU students involved in the research project on bird/ window collisions

Northern Kentucky University’s research work has been featured in Biological Conservation’s August 2017 issue. Dr. Kristine Hopfensperger and Dr. Lindsey Walters, associate professors in NKU’s Department of Biological Sciences, compiled a group of students to take part in a large-scale research project on bird/ window collisions.   

The article, Continent-wide analysis of how urbanization affects bird-window collision mortality in North America, highlights the work of an international team of more than 60 researchers. They studied how building features, land cover and large-scale urbanization affect the differences in bird-window collision mortality.  

“It is important for conservationists to understand why an estimated one billion birds die every year in North America after colliding with windows in the exterior walls of buildings. Many bird species are affected by this, including species important in conservation whose numbers are declining,” said Dr. Kristine Hopfensperger. “This research will help us better understand the patterns and help us address it.”

“Our work is a unique project in that it answered a large-scale research question with the work of mostly Primarily Undergraduate Institutions and undergraduate research students,” said Dr. Lindsey Walters. “We had eight NKU students who collected data on the Baptist Student Center, Kentucky Hall, Woodcrest Apartments West, Honors House, Lucas Administrative Center and Nunn Hall in the fall of 2014. This was a great hands-on experience for these students.”

NKU’s Department of Biological Sciences believes the best way for students to learn about science is by doing science. The department strongly encourages all students majoring in biology to participate in research with a faculty member. 

The NKU undergraduates who took part in this research project with Dr. Hopfensperger and Dr. Walters include Amy Wing, Danielle Frevola, Jaclyn Webber, Sarah Stryffeler, James Brown, Cody Schumacher, Sarah Hayley Shaw and Beth Wiener.

Biological Conservation is an international journal that focuses on conservation biology. It publishes articles spanning a diverse range of fields that contribute to the biological, sociological and economic dimensions of conservation and natural resource management. For more information on Biological Conservation journal, visit its website.