Cody Pham is a first-year PhD student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis. He received his B.A. in Biology from Pomona College in 2021.
Growing up in Nebraska and birding across the state’s agriculturally dominant landscape (253 species and counting!), he developed a curiosity in how human activity influences wildlife. With his apparent need to continue being surrounded by agriculture and birds even after moving halfway across the country, Cody is studying how climate change and land-use interact to impact bird populations. By the end of his graduate education, he aims to (1) use field methods and statistical modeling to understand broad-scale patterns of disturbance caused by climate change and agriculture, (2) inform long-term land management strategies that benefit both wildlife and people, and (3) provide mentorship and guidance to the next wave of conservation scientists, especially those coming from historically underrepresented communities.