Catherine A. Lindell

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1994
301 Natural Science

Manly Miles Building
1405 S. Harrision Rd., Ste. 210
East Lansing, MI 48823

Office Telephone: 517-353-9874
Research website

Avian Ecology, Tropical Biology, Restoration Ecology

We combine theoretical and applied research in studying the ecology and behavior of birds and the roles of birds in ecological functions and ecosystem processes. One line of research investigates the interactions between birds and plants in tropical restoration sites. Given that birds are important mediators of various tropical ecosystem processes, including seed dispersal, pollination, and consumption of herbivorous insects, investigating why some restoration strategies attract more birds than others, and the mechanisms underlying these patterns, are critical to tropical forest restoration efforts. This work is particularly important in the tropics where biodiversity levels, and deforestation rates, are high. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the NGO Earth Train in Panama. A second line of research investigates patterns of bird use of fruit crops. With funding from the U.S.D.A., we are working on the development of techniques to deter birds that eat fruit from orchards and vineyards and to encourage the presence of birds with beneficial effects on fruit production.

Representative Publications

Anderson, A., C. Lindell, K. M. Moxcey, B. Siemer, P. Curtis, J. Carroll, C. Burrows, J. Boulanger, K. Steensma and S. A. Shwiff. 2013. Bird Damage to Select Fruit Crops: The Costs of damage and the benefits of control in Five States. Crop Protection 52:103-109.

Lindell, C.A., Leighton Reid, J. and Cole, R.J. 2013. Planting Design Effects on Avian Seed Dispersers in a Tropical Forest Restoration Experiment. Restoration Ecology 21(4).

Lindell, C.A. and G.M. Thurston. 2013. Bird pollinator visitation is equivalent in island and plantation planting designs in tropical forest restoration sites.  Sustainability 5:1177-1187. doi: 10:3390/su5031177.

Morrison, E.B. and Lindell, C.A. 2012. Birds and bats reduce insect biomass and leaf damage in tropical forest restoration sites. Ecological Applications 22:1526-1534.

Lindell, C.A., R.J. Cole, K.D. Holl, and R.A. Zahawi. 2012. Migratory bird species in young tropical forest restoration sites: effects of vegetation height, planting design, and season. Bird Conservation International 22:94-105.