Collaborators

Bret Tobalkse

Postdoc advisor, collaborator on my ongoing island bird biomechanics project, strangely generous with his high speed video equipment

Chris Witt

Ph.D. advisor extraordinaire, provider of excellent support & advice, curator of the coolest ornithology collection in all the land

Tom Martin

Collaborator on the ongoing project investigating how predation pressure affects flight development in songbirds

John Grady

Grad school officemate & general partner in crime, leader of the mesothermic dinosaurs project

Jim Brown

Committee member, collaborator on avian life history project

Ryan Gregory

Collaborator on bird genome size project

David Steadman

M.S. advisor at the University of Florida, fellow lover of Bananaquits and small bird bones

 

Students/Mentees currently in the nest

Sarah McPeek

Sarah is a junior biology major at Kenyon College conducting research for credit in my lab. Sarah is interested in how baby birds learn to fly, and she's planning to test whether juvenile songbirds are aided by parental cues when developing the ability to fly. Sarah is a skilled science communicator who writes about Kenyon critters for the student entertainment newspaper.

Jess Kotnour

Jess is a junior biology major at Kenyon College conducting research for credit in my lab. Jess was inspired by a paper by Ken Dial (2003) on how bird life history and flight investment are interrelated, and decided to try to test the theory proposed in this paper. Jess has extensive experience working with wildlife and raising baby birds, and will also be helping out with all the hands-on bird research in the lab.

Hannah Wedig

Hannah is a junior biology major at Kenyon College conducting research for credit in my lab. She's just recently returned from a semester studying in New Zealand, and is particularly fascinated by flightless birds (of which she saw many while abroad).

 

Fledged Students/Mentees

Christine Peterson

After an entire summer as a field technician in Arizona with me, Christine had not had enough of studying baby birds, so she worked with me to analyze the data we collected. Christine conducted her undergraduate senior thesis project on flight ontogeny in songbirds, trying to understand when juvenile zebra finches are capable of performing adult-style flight. Christine is now a seasonal field technician and writing up her work for publication.

Ashley Smiley

I advised Ashley on her undergraduate research project on bird heart morphology in hypoxia from 2010-2014. Ashley is now a PhD student in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

Erika Pohl

Erika was a field assistant on my 2013 expedition to Trinidad and Tobago. I trained her in field ornithology and collecting methods. Erika is now in veterinary school at Colorado State University.

Nick Wilson

Nick was a field assistant on my 2013 expedition to Trinidad and Tobago. I trained him in field ornithology and collecting methods. He is now a research technician in ecology research labs at the University of New Mexico.

EricaRose Egan

I trained EricaRose in molecular laboratory methods and advised her on her senior thesis on genetic divergence in populations of birds in Trinidad and Tobago at the University of Florida. EricaRose is now a biological technician for the USDA.

Jonno Morris

I trained Jonno in museum specimen preparation when he was an undergraduate at the University of Florida. Jonno helped describe a new species of flightless rail from the Bahamas. He is now in a graduate program in conservation ecology at the University of Michigan.