I am a PhD candidate in the Beissinger Lab. My current interests are in avian spatial ecology. Specifically, I am interested in how bird distributions have changed in response to dramatic shifts in climate and land use in the California Central Valley and Los Angeles bain, and how different land use patterns might facilitate or impede the ability of species to track their climate niche. This work is part of the Grinnell Resurvey Project, which compares modern-day vertebrate diversity to historic surveys erformed in the early 1900s by Joseph Grinnell and colleagues at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
I received my BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University in 2013. As an undergraduate, I worked with researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology using RFID technology to study the winter feeding behavior of forest birds such as chickadees. I also studied seabird behavior and population ecology at the Shoals Marine Lab in Maine, and conducted my honors thesis on gull communication and antipredator behavior.
Shah, SS, EI Greig, SA MacLean, and DN Bonter. 2015. Risk-based alarm calling in a non-passerine bird. Animal Behaviour 106: 129-136.
Bonter, DA, SA MacLean, SS Shah, and MC Moglia. 2014. Storm-induced shifts in optimal nesting sites: a potential effect of climate change. Journal of Ornithology 155: 631-638.
MacLean, SA and DN Bonter. 2013. The sound of danger: threat sensitivity to predator vocalizations, alarm calls, and novelty in gulls. Plos One 8(12): e82384.