FLPG: Sunday at 2: Understanding Seabird Communities
Sunday at 2: Understanding Seabird Communities. Michael Schrimpf is a PhD candidate at the Department of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University, working with Dr. Heather Lynch on Antarctic seabird ecology. Michael grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and got his B.A. in Biology and German from Lawrence University, Appleton WI, where he got his start in ecology by studying freshwater plankton. His dual interests in birds and aquatic biology led him to the study of seabirds, beginning with a Master of Science degree at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. Michael then spent two years working as an Assistant Scientist for the Sea Education Association (SEA), which operates two oceanographic sailing school ships in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
During that time he spent about half the year sailing between far-flung places (most of them small, tropical islands), and spending plenty of time watching seabirds on the open ocean. He moved to Stony Brook in 2013 to begin is PhD project on seabirds of the Antarctic. Michael will speak about his research on where different bird species choose to breed, and how the interactions between species help determine those patterns. The Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center is at 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike and is handicap accessible. All Sundays at Two events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.