News Expert Profile

Alex Jahn

Environmental Resilience Institute IU Bloomington

Phone:
(954) 998-8233
Email:
alexjahn@iu.edu
717 E. Eighth St.
Bloomington, IN
47408

Areas of Expertise

Animal ecology, animal behavior, bird migration.

Expert Bio

Alex Jahn is a migration patterns fellow at the Environmental Resilience Institute. His research focuses on understanding how and why birds migrate, as well as the risks they face from current and future changes to the ecosystems they inhabit.

Before joining the Environmental Resilience Institute, Jahn was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, a visiting researcher at the Universidade Estadual Paulista-Rio Claro, Brazil, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, D.C.

Jahn holds a Bachelor of Science in fisheries and wildlife management from Lake Superior State University, a Master of Science in biology from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida.

Expert Videos

Meet the Research Fellows Helping IU Prepare for Environmental Change Descriptive Transcript [Video: An aerial shot of the Indiana University campus] [Words appear: Indiana University Presents] [Video: Alex Jahn shown seated in a lab addressing someone off screen] [Words appear: Alex Jahn, Environmental Resilience Institute Research Fellow] Jahn: We know that change is coming. There’s a lot of indicators from across the nation. It’s not just going to be wildfires in California and hurricanes on the East Coast. The Midwest is changing quickly. [Video: Jahn walking on the Indiana University campus and working with a bird caught in a net] Jahn: As that climate changes and as urbanization changes in the Midwest, understanding the changes that we’re experiencing right now is going to be invaluable for future planning. [Video: Andrea Webster shown seated in a conference room addressing someone off screen] [Words appear: Andrea Webster, Environmental Resilience Institute Implementation Manager] Webster: The more that we talk to people about it, the more that we publish news stories about it … [Video: A group of children are shown during a field trip at Kent Farm with Adam Fudickar and Dustin Brewer] Webster: … the more that we have our scientists engaging with school children, the more that people are going to start to understand … [Video: Fudickar interacts with children on the field trip] Webster: … how our lives are changing as a result. [Video: Ranjan Muthukrishnan shown seated in a lab addressing someone off screen] [Words appear: Ranjan Muthukrishnan, Environmental Resilience Institute Research Fellow] Muthukrishnan: The Grand Challenge effort is really a statement of “we want to be having an effect on the world.” [Video: Tara Smiley and Danielle Peltier-Thompson working in a lab at Indiana University] Smiley speaks in voiceover: The work we’re doing with the Environmental Resilience Institute is … [Video: Smiley shown seated in a conference room addressing someone off screen] [Words appear: Tara Smiley, Environmental Resilience Institute Research Fellow] Smiley: … really important for understanding change today and making forecasts for the future, so we can have … [Video: Smiley working with a bird feather under a microscope in a lab] Smiley: … more sustainable ecosystems, more sustainable farms. [Video: Abigail Sullivan and Matthew Houser studying a map in the Environmental Resilience Institute, engaging in a discussion] Muthukrishnan speaks in voiceover: With Abigail Sullivan and Matthew Houser, we’re working a couple projects together to think about the spread of invasive species. [Video: Muthukrishnan shown seated in a lab addressing someone off screen] Muthukrishnan: Protecting our water quality is, you know, primary to human health. [Video: Shows a scene from a lake] Muthukrishnan speaks in voiceover: A lot of these native aquatic plants in these ecosystems, they actually do part of the work of water treatment for us. [Video: Ducks stepping into the lake] Muthukrishnan speaks in voiceover: The more work that the natural ecosystem does on its own, the less work that we have to do to add to that. [Video: Fudickar and Brewer walking on the Indiana University campus, preparing their research setup] Fudickar speaks in voiceover: The animals that we’re studying are in people’s backyards. [Video: Fudickar and Brewer setting up a net] Fudickar speaks in voiceover: The data that we’re generating can help inform people that those animals that they’ve observed ever since they were kids in Indiana … [Video: Fudicker shown seated in an office addressing someone off screen] [Words appear: Adam Fudickar, Environmental Resilience Institute Research Fellow] Fudicker: … that we are impacting their populations … [Video: Fudickar and Brewer working to place a tracker on a bird] Fudicker speaks in voiceover: … and there are potentially ways to lessen our impact on them. We are putting little accelerometers on song sparrows. [Video: zooms in on an accelerometer on the song sparrow] Fudicker: Accelerometers, we developed with … [Video: Fudicker shown seated in an office addressing someone off screen] Fudicker: … a computer science faculty member here at IU … [Video: Fudickar and Brewer working in a field on the Indiana University campus, places a tracker on a sparrow’s leg] Fudicker speaks in voiceover: … and we think that that’s going to provide insight into identifying ways … [Video: Fudicker shown sitting on the ground outside, speaking to someone off camera] Fudicker: … to mitigate the impacts of future urbanization … [Video: Fudicker and Brewer shown working on the Indiana University campus] Fudicker: … on other animal populations. [Video: Aerial shot of Indiana University campus] Jahn speaks in voiceover: So what we’re trying to figure out is where do individual … [Video: Jahn shown working with birds on the Indiana University campus] Jahn speaks in voiceover: … robins go to spend the winter, and how’s that changing with climate change and habitat change and urbanization? [Video: Jahn and Susan Reed working with a robin at a table, adding a tracker to a bird] Jahn speaks in voiceover: “With that information, we’ll be armed with data on … [Video: Jahn shown seated in a lab addressing someone off screen] Jahn: … their potential to transport diseases, such as Lyme. [Video: Jahn on the Indiana University campus, releasing the robin into a bush] Jahn: All right, come back next year. [Video: Smiley shown seated in a conference room addressing someone off screen]: Smiley: I’ve never been part of something that’s taking this really holistic view of environmental change … [Video: Smiley in the lab looking in a microscope] Smiley speaks in voiceover: … and its impact on society. [Jahn in the field, walking with a bird in his hand] Fudickar speaks in a voiceover: We only have one planet … [Video: Jahn releases the bird] Fudicker speaks in voiceover: … and we only have one Indiana. [Video: Closeup of bird in a woman’s hand; the bird then flies away] Fudicker speaks in voiceover: If we value nature, then we … [Video: Fudicker shown seated in an office addressing someone off screen] Fudicker: … can work towards identifying ways to lessen … [Video: Jahn on the Indiana University campus with a bird in his hand] Fudicker: … our impact in the future. [Screen fades to aerial of IU Bloomington’s campus.] [Words appear: Indiana University Grand Challenges Prepared for Environmental Change] [Screen fades to black]
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Additional Information

Environmental Resilience Institute: https://eri.iu.edu/