Lauren Hitt

Lauren Hitt
PhD Student
Animal Biology Graduate Group
email: lghitt@ucdavis.edu

Degree:

B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, B.A. Classical Studies, Tulane University

Research Interests:

I am interested in studying the long-term effects of the reestablishmentĀ of Chinook salmon in the Putah Creek ecosystem of northernĀ California using a combination of field and computational methods. I have a particular interest in developing community outreach initiatives, engaging local stakeholders, and promoting public awareness of Putah Creek’s fish species of conservation concern in order to develop integrative, community-based conservation & management recommendations. My previous research projects include studies of evolution in experimentally introduced fish populations in Trinidad and Alaska, the effects of anthropogenic lead exposure on urban-dwelling birds, the behavioral ecology of Australian songbirds, and ecological drivers influencing bird breeding at Denali National Park.