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Fairhurst, Graham D.

Fairhurst holding burrowing owl

In 2004, Graham received his M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying Northern Goshawks in northern Nevada.


Thesis Abstract

Thesis Research & Resulting Publications

After graduating, Graham started a raptor research project in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Ornithology at the National Museums of Kenya. He is interested in how encroaching subsistence agriculture influences the numerous raptors that use remnant indigenous forest fragments in the Taita Hills Important Bird Area. Graham also worked for Idaho Fish & Game as a Wildlife Technician for two seasons before beginning his Ph.D.

In 2011, Graham received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan, investigating stress ecophysiology in wild and captive birds by measuring the hormone corticosterone in feathers.

Currently, his research uses physiological tools to understand how birds respond to environmental change.


Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:

Fairhurst, G.D., J. Navarro, J. González-Solís, T.A. Marchant, and G.R. Bortolotti. 2012. Feather corticosterone of a nestling seabird reveals consequences of sex-specific parental investment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279:177-184.

Fairhurst, G.D., M.D. Frey, J.F. Reichert, I. Szelest, D.M. Kelly, and G.R. Bortolotti. 2011. Does environmental enrichment reduce stress? An integrated measure of corticosterone from feathers provides a novel perspective. PLoS ONE 6(3):e17663.

Harms, N.J., G.D. Fairhurst, G.R. Bortolotti, J.E.G. Smits. 2010. Variation in immune function body condition, and feather corticosterone in nestling Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) on reclaimed wetlands in Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada. Environmental Pollution 158(3):841-848.


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