Megan Milligan

Megan Milligan hiking with a backpack in the mountains
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After Humboldt, Megan went on to work as an ornithologist at Hastings Natural History Reservation and then on to earn a PhD at Montana State Unversity.

  For her thesis at Humboldt, Megan studied avian predation in Kenyan coffee farms and examined how pest control is influenced by the local landscape and bird community. Her project aimed to answer the following questions: are birds providing pest control services? Does that service vary with distance to the nearest forest fragment or the farm's vegetation complexity? Megan's results help reveal what habitat characteristics optimize the provisioning of pest control services by birds and inform land managers about whether it is advantageous to encourage bird populations on coffee farms.