Greeney's Research Program

PhD 2008 Breeding Ecology of the Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens)

MSc 1999 Fallen Flower Bracts of the Stilt-root Palm (Iriartea deltoidea) as Phytotelmata Habitats

BSc 1993 Biology/Art 

My research interests are very broad, but are united by a deep fascination with

natural history. In particular I am interested in the evolution of behavior

and reproductive strategies of tropical organisms. What do

organisims do for a living? Recently I have begun

spending more time at temperate latitudes

and have become interested in comparative

life history strategies. In particular the

incubation rhythms of birds and the

relative importance of different natural enemies of

caterpillars. My studies take me from the jungles

of South America to the high mountains of

the Sierra Nevadas. Besides the general

areas of interest on the left,

I have am involved

with several long-term

projects.

Themes of my research include, but are not limited to the following:

Insects of phytotelmata habitats (examples 1 - 2 )

Caterpillar shelter-building behavior (examples 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5)

Dung beetle population dynamics

Fruit-feeding butterfly diversity (examples 1 )

Trophic interactions and cascades (examples 1 - 2 - 3)

Caterpillars and their natural enemies (examples 1 )

Avian nest architecture (examples 1 - 2 - 3)

Butterfly natural history (examples 1 - 2 - 3 - 4)

Avian nestling plumage development (examples 1 - 2 - 3)

Predation on bird nests (examples 1 - 2)

Avian nest-site selection (examples 1 - 2)

Tropical diversity (examples 1 - 2 )

Natural history of montane bamboo specialists (examples 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 )

Antpitta breeding behavior (examples 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8)

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