Research


Publications

Abraham L Borker, Portia Halbert, Matthew W McKown, Bernie R Tershy, Donald A Croll: A comparison of automated and traditional monitoring techniques for marbled murrelets using passive acoustic sensors Wildlife Society Bulletin 12/2015; DOI:10.1002/wsb.608

Abraham L Borker, Matthew W McKown, Joshua T Ackerman, Collin A Eagles-Smith, Bernie R Tershy, Donald A Croll: Vocal Activity as a Low Cost and Scalable Index of Seabird Colony Size. Conservation Biology 03/2014; 28(4). DOI:10.1111/cobi.12264

Bernie Tershy, Susan Harrison, Abraham Borker, Barry Sinervo, Tara Cornelisse, Cheng Li, Dena Spatz, Donald Croll, and Erika Zavaleta: Biodiversity chapter in book: Ecosystems of California, Edition: 1st, Chapter: 11, Publisher: University of California Press, Editors: Harold Mooney, Erika Zavaleta, pp.187-212

Peter Pyle, Reginald David, Bruce D. Eilerts, A. Binion Amerson, Abraham L Borker, Matthew McKown: Second record of Bryan’s Shearwater Puffinis Bryani from Midway Atoll, with notes on habitat selection, vocalizations and at-sea distribution. Marine Ornithology 01/2014; 42(1):5-8. Recordings and Video.

Matthew W McKown, Martin Lukac, Abraham Borker, Bernie Tershy, Don Croll: A wireless acoustic sensor network for monitoring wildlife in remote locations. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 09/2012; 132(3):2036. DOI:10.1121/1.4755484

Media Coverage

Tech helps find endangered seabirds among Santa Cruz redwoods Santa Cruz Sentinel March 3rd, 2016

Autonomous acoustic sensors help researchers find endangered seabirds Univeristy of California – Santa Cruz News Office February 24, 2016

For Endangered Marbled Murrelets, Inexpensive Surveys With Acoustics Environmental Monitor March 9, 2016

Fieldnotes: Acoustic Recorders Track Bird Activity The Wildlife Society January 15, 2016

The Sounds of Science Discover Magazine May 1, 2015

Acoustic monitoring eases studies of remote seabird populations Environmental Monitor April 2nd, 2014

Smartphones and Seabirds City on a Hill Press April 12, 2012

Año Nuevo Island: Where the wild things are San Francisco Chronicle July 17, 2009

Blue-footed booby makes unexpected stop in Monterey Bay Santa Cruz Sentinel September 8, 2013

The great woodpecker hunt The Boston Globe February 10, 2008

Curriculum Vitae

I’m widely interested in the conservation of biological diversity and ecosystems. As an applied mission, my research draws on concepts from ecology and evolutionary biology. In particular, much of my research has focused on using bioacoustics and soundscape ecology to learn about ecosystem states and wildlife populations. A fair amount of my work has focused on seabirds, a highly threatened and ecologically important group of birds that “make their living” on the ocean. I also go gaga over their amazing life histories, physiological feats and conservation, and this even occassionally extends to some other large marine predators

My strong interest in monitoring stems from a desire to empower conservation practitioners to accurately measure outcomes, and therefore find the best solutions. I probably get a little more excited about mundane detection probabilities and power analysis than most. Evidence-based conservation can only progress if we have the scalable and powerful tools to gather evidence on conservation outcomes. It’s this direction, our diverse portfolio of powerful conservation actions, and passionate conservationists worldwide that gives me hope in the face of global environmental crisis.

November 8th, 2015

Links

Abe Borker’s ResearchGate Profile
Coastal Conservation Action Lab (at UC Santa Cruz)
UC Santa Cruz Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology