Max joined Dr. Anna Chalfoun’s lab with a background in avian ecology and conservation in the West. After graduating from Saint John’s University in Minnesota with a B.A. in Biology, he worked as a research assistant in the Conservation Science department of the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City on projects related to anthropogenic disruption of avian migration and habitat coverage by Utah’s Breeding Bird Survey routes. Previously, Max spent several summers counting birds as a technician on Integrated Monitoring for Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) field crews with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Intermountain Bird Observatory.
Max is currently a student in the Wyoming Coop Unit interested in sustainable development and non-game wildlife conservation. His Master’s research includes the study of settlement patterns, decadal abundance trends, and community composition shifts in sagebrush songbird species exposed to intensive energy development in Sublette county, Wyoming.