A male and female cardinal stand on the snowy ground
A male and female cardinal stand on the snowy ground

Paul Schaeffer

Biology Associate Professor

Research at the Bird Viewing Station (Bird-Blind)

We are studying seasonal changes in energy use of the Northern Cardinal. Cardinals live year-round in Ohio and must cope with extreme winter. In addition to needing more energy during the winter, we seek to understand whether these birds use torpor (a form of "overnight hibernation") to help survive.

  • Natural Areas
    Natural Areas

    Natural Areas

    The Miami University Natural Areas are located around the campus and while they comprise over 1000 acres with 17 miles of hiking trails, they are not easy to locate. The best way to find them is to view our downloadable map. In these Natural areas you can do many things: hike, jog, research, birdwatch, dog walk, explore, learn, discover, meditate or “just be”. Make this area an important part of your Miami experience. 

    Natural Areas
    Oxford, OH 45056
    513-524-2197
    reidje@MiamiOH.edu