Chris Sayers- Ph D student

Chris Sayers

La Kretz Botany Building 310
618 Charles E. Young Dr. S.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Chris Sayers is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in bird conservation biology and ecotoxicology. In the Tingley Lab at the university, Chris is often referred to as an ‘ecotoxic-ornithologist.’

With a broad interest in understanding how human activities affect biodiversity, Sayers focuses on environmental pollution, which is often overlooked as a significant stressor with fatal implications for wildlife. He is dedicated to unraveling the ways in which pollution influences various aspects of species’ lives, such as their behavior, migratory success, reproduction, and overall survival. His primary goal is to provide valuable insights to inform conservation agendas and actions.

Sayers’ research primarily delves into the impacts of gold mining on tropical bird communities. He investigates the multifaceted consequences of this activity, including land-use change, mercury pollution, malaria transmission, and overexploitation, to better comprehend the challenges faced by these avian populations in the ever-changing world.

Sayers received his BSc from Cornell University in 2020.