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Madhusudan Katti

California State University, Fresno, and Fresno Bird Count

Madhusudan Katti

Madhusudan Katti is Associate Professor of Vertebrate Biology at California State University, Fresno. He is a broadly trained evolutionary ecologist studying animal behavior, ecology, and conservation in human dominated landscapes. Current research in his Reconciliation Ecology Laboratory focuses on the urban ecosystems of Central California and elsewhere in the western US. While focusing on the behavioral responses of organisms (mostly birds) to the way humans shape the urban environment, this research is embedded within a broader network of collaboration with scholars from multiple disciplines across the social and life sciences, as well as citizen scientists engaged in participatory research. He is the principal investigator of the Urban Long-Term Research Area - Fresno And Clovis Ecosocial Study, recently funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Forest Service. This project is using a "found experiment" in the initiation of water metering in Fresno to study the interactions between urban water policy, homeowner water use and landscaping decisions, and their effects on urban biodiversity. The project leverages data from the Fresno Bird Count, a citizen science project founded in his lab. He is also currently leading an international collaborative working group studying the comparative ecology of cities across the globe with funding from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Other research projects in his lab focus on the impacts of urban noise on the songs and singing behavior of birds, the distribution and behavior of squirrels in urban areas, and the phylogeography of birdsong in fragmented tropical rainforests of southern India.