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
lindellc@msu.edu
Research website

Avian Ecology, Tropical Biology, Restoration Ecology

Members of my lab group study the ecology and behavior of birds and their roles in ecosystems. A present focus is investigating 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.  A second line of research investigates the interactions between birds and various tree species planted in tropical restoration sites.  By documenting the foraging behavior of birds in different tree species and in different neighborhoods (i.e. monospecific vs. diverse tree neighborhoods), we seek to understand why some restoration strategies attract more birds than others, and the mechanisms underlying these patterns.  This work is being conducted in collaboration with the NGO Earth Train in Panama.


Representative Publications

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

Lindell, C.A., R. A. Eaton, E.M. Lizotte, and N.L. Rothwell. 2012. Bird consumption of sweet and tart cherries. Human-Wildlife Interactions 6:283-290.

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.