Research Group Bio - Ann-Marie Shapiro
B114 Newmark Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ann-Marie Shapiro is a research ecologist currently contributing to CEAT analysis of data recorded by the avian radar system at Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas International Airport. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in (companion) Animal Science and a M.S. degree in Biology from the U of I. Her Master's was gained inside the Department of Ecology, Ethology and Evolution with a focus on population biology and conservation biology. In that work, she experimentally tested an ecological theory in population genetics, and executed an early example of combining field results with PCR techniques, as applied to the conservation of rare plants. Ann-Marie was a federal Principal Investigator with the Threatened and Endangered Species research team at the U.S. Army Research and Development Center in Champaign, IL for seven years. As PI, she managed multiple large research projects for Army-wide implementation (for example, the development of ecosystem management approaches for Army lands), to address regional issues (for example, management of red fire ants in the Southeastern U.S.) or to meet installation-specific needs (for example, the conservation of rare plants on Fort Bragg, NC or conservation of listed passerines on Fort Hood, Texas). In this role, her experience ran the gamut of designing field studies, developing novel approaches to land use policy, and participating in the breakthrough development of an early spatially-explicit landscape simulation model for conservation management application. The mission running through every project was to locate and synthesize cutting edge science or technological approaches and transform those ideas so they would support federal land managers in their task of conserving listed or rare species. After a gap in her professional career, Ann-Marie has joined the CEAT team to potentially merge habitat- and landscape-focused studies with radar detection studies to better understand the land use and movement behaviors of avian populations on airport landscapes.