The purpose of the fellowship is to develop critical scientific information about waterfowl and wetlands, and to contribute to the training of future waterfowl and wetland conservation professionals.
Nick Masto, a PhD student at Tennessee Technological University, is the most recent winner of this fellowship. His research focuses on identifying factors driving mallard movements, habitat selection, and distributions during the non-breeding period. Food energy, habitat availability, and hunting pressure are thought to drive duck distributions during the winter, though datasets have not been available to evaluate this in an integrated framework. Nick is working collaboratively on a study using hundreds of GPS-tagged mallards plus frequent estimates of land

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