Potential Graduate Projects

From time to time, MFBRP is able to help coordinate graduate student projects that help achieve MFBRP project goals. These projects are co-advised through an external university advisor and MFBRP. Financial responsibilities are up to the student, but MFBRP may be able to help identify and procure funds. MFBRP may be able to provide housing, office space, data support, field logistics, and equipment. Each student and project is reviewed on a case by case basis. For more information, please contact mounce AT mauiforestbirds.org.

Possible projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Nakula Natural Area Reserve forest bird and/or mosquito disease prevalence study. Mosquito habitat assessment.
  • Kiwikiu and Maui 'Alauahio diet studies using fecal samples to analyze diet overlaps between native and non-native forest bird species.
  • Hawai'i State Bird Count survey data analyses examining changes in population estimates for native and non-native forest bird species.
  • 'I'iwi (USFWS ESA candidate species) breeding biology and population assessment on east Maui.
  • Habitat selection analyses for Kiwikiu to examine micro-habitat selection criteria within the core and edge of the Kiwikiu population range.
  • Cost effective cat control in east Maui forests.
  • Genetic variation in forest bird species. 
  • Predator diet studies. Predator abundance levels, habitat needs, and territories.
  • Seed dispersal and soil analysis in Nakula forest restoration site.
  • Can fire play a role in restoration of Hawaiian ecosystems?
  • Assessing the potential for Maui 'Alauahio re-introductions. 
  • Bird demographics and habitat use in non-native forests.