Christopher Brooks

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Christopher Brooks

cbrooks@siu.eduChristopher Chandler Brooks

Advisor:  Dr. Justin Boyles

Artificial light is a growing conservational concern.

Artificial light is a growing conservational concern. Many animals use celestial cues for initiating behaviors like migrations and foraging. These cues become more important for nocturnal animals and migrants that become active at night. The presence of artificial lighting can change the manner in which animals respond to these cues. The expansion of urbanized areas has led to an increasing number of artificially lit roadways and buildings; leaving few areas with truly dark nights. My research aims to understand how the presence and expansion of artificial lighting influences foraging and migratory behaviors as well as address the physiological consequences associated with these altered behaviors in nocturnal organisms.