2023 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Scoping Review of the Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)

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Dr. Christopher McClure


A scoping review is a summary of literature on a focal topic, produced to fill knowledge gaps, create an overview of scientific progress, and exhibit where research and conservation efforts are needed most. We perform a scoping review on the Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis). This species is the last falcon in the United States still on the endangered species list, being placed in 1986. Literature searches were completed with the use of Web of Science, Google Scholar, and the Peregrine Fund’s research library. We used keywords including all scientific and common names known for the species. The studies found were classified into topical categories including behavior, demography, physiology, stresses, threats, and conservation actions. A total of 176 relevant studies on the Aplomado Falcon were returned from our web searches. Analysis revealed that the most prominent researched topics across studies on the Aplomado Falcon was demography and behavior. This scoping review identifies critical knowledge gaps on the Aplomado Falcon and aids in determining where future research and conservation efforts should be directed. Future studies should address the knowledge gaps that we highlight.

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