Kevin R Burgio
I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. I'm currently collaborating with researchers from a variety of disciplines, including: ecology, journalism, education, and communications to create effective science communication training, as well as the tools needed to evaluate the effectiveness of training.
When not working on science communication, I'm an integrative ecologist and conservation biologist with a range of interests. I'm most interested in the mechanisms of species range limitations and how disturbance (climate change and habitat fragmentation) influences species distribution patterns and extinction processes. With a better understanding of how species adapt and move when responding disturbance, I hope to help bridge the divide between ecological theory and on-the-ground conservation in order to make the best possible decisions not just for now, but for the future as well. Though I focus on parrots, I've published on a wide variety of topics and taxonomic groups, ranging from bats, Tasmanian tigers, parasites, to the extinct Carolina parakeet.
In addition to research, I'm a first-generation college student, a military veteran, a single father, and a member of the LGBT+ community.