May 10, 2020

Then post-doc Dr. Sara Kross was interested in how habitat along field edges and in the surrounding vicinity impacted the ecosystem services and disservices birds provide on farms. Sara and her two undergraduate field technicians, Ryan Bourbour and Breanna Martinico, s...

August 21, 2019

Conservat Sci and Prac, Volume: 1, Issue: 6, First published: 23 April 2019, DOI: (10.1111/csp2.45)

My first nudge was a picture of a dead baby Albatross by Chris Jordan at Midway Atoll. Still in the nest, its decaying flesh and exposed bones twisted around a small pile...

August 21, 2019

In a quest to understand what fuels raptor migration along the Pacific Coast, we first had to develop a novel dietary study technique tailored for predatory birds.

To learn more about this method and how we plan to implement it to answer larger ecological questions with...

April 23, 2019

Since very little data has been collected on California American Kestrel populations, the goal of my project is primarily to look at nesting success and nest box occupancy on different agricultural properties in the Central Valley. I am also curious as to whether Ameri...

April 23, 2019

It was a busy winter getting all the tags out for my migration study on Golden-crowned sparrows. This work is part of my research on songbird migratory patterns and the threats they face along their routes. The goal of the project is to pinpoint habitat they use along...

October 13, 2018

Migration and habitat selection are two crucial aspects of the ecology and behavior of migratory birds. In order to understand these aspects of migratory bird biology, long-term monitoring of individuals across the entire annual cycle is required. GPS telemetry can be...

September 5, 2018

Studying stable isotopes at IsoCamp

The name of the course is IsoCamp: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology. Could this be the nerdiest summer camp ever conceived?! Perhaps. But if you’re like me and get excited to talk about science for two weeks straight with li...

June 6, 2018

Many seabird species with biparental care are known to retain the same partner across multiple breeding attempts. The prevailing explanation for this behavior is that reproductive success increases with mate familiarity due to improved coordination. This leads to selec...

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