Brian Hoover

Brian Hoover is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the project in July 2019. Brian is chiefly interested in how animals perceive their surroundings and use sensory information from their environment to make critical decisions. Most of his work has focused on aquatic birds — either at sea or on lakes in the northwoods. His PhD investigated how adult Leach’s storm-petrels evaluate potential mates based on their odor and immunogenetic compatibility, but he also looked at how seabird communities respond to krill and zooplankton populations, which, in turn, are affected by shifts in temperature and ocean currents. At present, Brian is analyzing how juvenile loons are influenced by lake properties like size and acidity, and whether young loons show the same environmental preferences as adults.