CURRENT FEATURED PROJECTS FOR DR. TRISTAN BURGESS:
Desert tortoise disease risk assessment
Desert tortoises are threatened by increasing development pressure and habitat loss. CWS is working to understand transmission risks of upper respiratory disease in tortoises that have been relocated in order to protect them from the impacts of development. We aim to determine whether is safe to take down boundary fences and allow these animals to mix and interbreed with free-roaming tortoises without undue risk of spreading disease.
What is troubling the common eider?
The name may be common, but Eiders seem to be getting less common in Maine. Low chick survival and high levels of predation appear to be preventing breeding populations of Eiders from reproducing successfully on Maine’s islands. We are launching an ecosystem-wide collaborative project to understand the Eider’s life story and the rapidly changing marine ecosystem they live in.