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Area of Expertise:Avian ecology, migration, desert ecology, ecological restoration
An Arizona native, I’d not resided in the state for over twenty years prior to enrolling at the University of Arizona in Spring 2011. I grew up primarily in Albuquerque, NM where I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at UNM in 2003. Since that time I’ve worked as a traveling biologist throughout the desert southwest. In doing so I’ve gained experience in many different aspects of natural resource management including extensive wildlife and vegetation survey work, fire planning and management, experimental research, conservation planning, and ecological restoration. Among the highlights of my career, thus far, have been working on the management and conservation of a three million acre Chihuahuan Desert landscape in southern New Mexico while working for The Nature Conservancy. More recently I’ve been employed leading the bird monitoring program and coordinating large-scale terrestrial restoration projects on Ash Meadows NWR in southern Nevada.
My current research focuses on examining what factors underlie migratory decisions, particularly in populations where migratory decisions vary among individuals. To gain insight into this question I am studying a population of Yellow-eyed Juncos (Junco phaeonotus) which breed across a broad elevational gradient in the Sky Islands and make facultative migrations along those gradients. Understanding the factors underlying proximate migratory decisions will help us to understand the evolution of migratory behavior in general.
In my leisure time I am a full-time naturalist and outdoorsman, traveling the southwest and beyond in search of birds, blooms, beauty, and general outdoor adventure. In particular, I am an active bird watcher and a member of the Nevada Bird Records Committee. Among my favorite areas to travel and bird are throughout New Mexico, southeast Arizona, the trans-Pecos region of west Texas, and Central America.
Lundblad, C.G. and Cartron, J.L.E. Long-eared Owl. In J.L.E. Cartron, Ed. 2010
Raptors of New Mexico(pp. 88-103). Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico
Britt, C.R. and C.G. Lundblad. Gray Vireo Status and Distribution on Fort
Bliss: 2007. In Walker, H. A., and R. H. Doster, Eds. 2009.
Proceedings of the Gray Vireo Symposium Co-Sponsored by the New
Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico
Ornithological Society. 12–13 April 2008; Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lundblad, C.G. 2010. Bird Diversity and Restoration Progress at a Mojave Desert Wetland: Ash Meadows NWR. Presentation to Western Field Ornithologists 2010 Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA.
Lundblad, C.G. 2010. Birds and Bird Monitoring on Ash Meadows NWR. Presentation to Ash Meadows NWR Symposium 2010, Pahrump, NV.
Lundblad, C.G. 2010. Ash Meadows NWR: Past, Present, and Future. Presentation to Red Rock Audubon Society, Las Vegas, NV.