Urban birds as biomonitors of neurobehavioral disorders

Human-induced rapid environmental change has created a global pandemic of neurobehavioral disorders, with industrial compounds and pesticides as a root cause. Urban-dwelling birds have the potential to serve as powerful biomonitors that reveal the impact of environmental change due to the presence of factors that may pose both public and wildlife health concerns. REU students will seek to understand how human-induced pollution affects rock dove (Columba livia) neurobiology and reproductive endocrinology.