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Senior Cole Morokhovich’s unexpected path to studying what hummingbirds could tell us about climate change

May 8th, 2020

Having come to Princeton with a focus on pre-medicine, Morokhovich turned toward ecology and evolutionary biology after a PEI summer internship with professor Mary Caswell Stoddard studying the effects of climate change on the behavior of broad-tailed hummingbirds in the Rocky Mountains.

He’s found that broad-tailed hummingbirds provide an unexpected avenue to informing people about the imminent consequences of climate change.

“It’s been a great way to talk about climate change because people who may not have cared about it are interested when I mention my research,” Morokhovich said.

“Almost everyone I’ve talked to about birds has a hummingbird story and they want to hear about my work with them,” he said. “It’s interesting to me that these fascinating little birds are allowing me to talk to people about climate change.

“And maybe that makes those people a little more aware,” he said, “a bit more likely to do their part to help save the planet and these birds.”

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