Sun Devil Scientists Studying City Sleep and Stress in Songbirds
Students interested in animal behavior and ecology will gain skills in live-capture, measurement, and behavioral assessment of wild bird sleep across the Phoenix urban-rural gradient. Students learn surgical techniques for implanting neurologgers that generate millisecond-level data on the different phases of sleep. The team will work in both the field and lab to understand the large-scale fitness effects of urban alterations to avian sleep cycles.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Employing techniques to assess if and how cities alter the sleep patterns of wild birds.