Watts Lab Receives Two Grants from Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society

In a first-time collaboration, Loyola Marymount University has received two grants from the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society to fund research projects in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

A one-time gift to Watts Lab, directed by Heather Watts, assistant professor of biology at LMU, will help fund the study of the relationship of environmental changes on the behavior of individual birds.

“This grant will allow us to expand our research efforts to understand how birds cope with variation in their environment,” said Watts, who specializes in behavioral ecology and physiology. “We can track their response to changes such as fluctuations in food availability and temperature, and assess the impacts of environmental change on bird populations.”