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The husband and wife team of Dr. Kurt and Dr. Jennifer Burnham will present the results of long-term research on raptors, seabirds, and waterfowl from the High Arctic of northwest Greenland. Climate change is occurring at a rate 2–3x faster than the rest of the planet and has had a dramatic impact on the avian wildlife of our highest northern latitudes. The Burnhams will discuss these impacts along with the life history of Gyrfalcons and Peregrine Falcons, migratory strategies of Atlantic Puffins, and mercury contamination of Arctic-breeding birds.
Jennifer Burnham is Associate Professor of Geography at Augustana College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University Washington and has been working in Greenland since 2003. Her High Arctic research spans soil organic carbon distribution, to methylmercury contamination in birds, to biogeography studies of migratory pathways of birds.
Kurt Burnham is President and Founder of the High Arctic Institute, Inc. Kurt earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford and has been studying birds in Greenland since 1991. His research includes long-term studies on the biology and ecology of Gyrfalcons and Peregrine Falcons and more recently has expanded to include work with seabirds, waterfowl, passerines, and shorebirds.