Ella Lunny

 MSc. School of Environment and Sustainability

Birthplace: Plympton, Massachusetts

BSc: University of Amherst, MA

Co-supervisor: Kirsty Gurney

Thesis: The Interactive Effects of Temperature and Organic Contaminants on Embryonic and Early Post-Hatch Development in Shorebirds

My research investigates the developmental effects induced by changes in temperature and contaminant exposure on Arctic shorebirds. Specifically, as temperature and toxicity increase, birds living close to their thermal tolerance may experience greater adverse effects compared to those who are living under their thermal tolerance. I investigate this interaction through an integrated laboratory and field study design examining both captive and free-living shorebirds.