Aeroecology pp 379-399 | Cite as

The Lofty Lives of Aerial Consumers: Linking Population Ecology and Aeroecology

  • Winifred F. Frick
  • Jennifer J. Krauel
  • Kyle R. Broadfoot
  • Jeffrey F. Kelly
  • Phillip B. Chilson


Integrating population ecology and aeroecology is important for conservation for species that depend on aerial habitats. Assessing population response to anthropogenic stressors is key to predicting species at risk of extirpation or extinction, yet can be particularly challenging for species that predominately use the aerosphere. In this chapter, we focus on two aerial vertebrate consumers (purple martins and Brazilian free-tailed bats) as well-studied model systems to explore interactions between environmental forcing, behaviors, and population ecology. We also explore new recent progress on using radar-based methods to quantify aerial populations and discuss the utility of these novel approaches for a more promising integration of aeroecology and population ecology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Winifred F. Frick
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jennifer J. Krauel
    • 3
  • Kyle R. Broadfoot
    • 4
  • Jeffrey F. Kelly
    • 4
  • Phillip B. Chilson
    • 5
  1. 1.Bat Conservation InternationalAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  3. 3.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  4. 4.Oklahoma Biological Survey and Department of BiologyUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  5. 5.School of Meteorology, Advanced Radar Research Center, and Center for Autonomous Sensing and SamplingUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA

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