Advancing human knowledge through basic scientific research is one of the oldest human pursuits and also the primary motivation behind my research. I strongly value conservation related research and relish the opportunity to provide useful information to those tasked with managing animal habitats and populations. Early in my career I recognized the power of manipulative ecological experiments to reveal cause and effect relationships. I have tried to incorporate manipulative approaches into my research whenever possible. To further our understanding of the world around us and inform conservation efforts, I have used a variety of tools ranging from simple behavioral observations and population monitoring to more innovative techniques such as 3D territory mapping, light-level geolocation, and radio tracking. I have studied birds during both the breeding season and the wintering period and always try to approach my research by taking the whole annual cycle into consideration. Below are the five projects I have led as part of my M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral research.