Education

Ph.D., Ecology, University of Oklahoma (in progress)

M.S., Ecology, San Diego State University (2014)

B.S., Zoology, Humboldt State University (2000)

B.S., Marine Biology, Humboldt State University (2000)

 

Memberships

Society of Conservation Biology 2010-present

American Ornithological Union 2009-present

Pacific Seabird Group 2010- present

Society of Comparative Biology 2010-2014

Waterbird Society 2009- present

 

Awards

2020 George M. Sutton Scholarship, University of Oklahoma

2019 Carolina Bird Club grant, for American Oystercatcher project

2015-2018 George C. Sutton Scholarship, University of Oklahoma

2014 Christiane Howey Equipment Grant, Microwave Telemetry Inc

2011 USFWS Sonoran Joint Venture Research Award- Migration of Gull-billed Terns Project

2010-2011 NOAA-National Estuarine Research Reserve graduate research fellowship

2010 Alexander Bergstrom Award

 

Journal Reviewer

Conservation Biology 2017-Present

The Auk 2016-Present

Waterbirds 2014- Present

Marine Ornithology 2019

JPeer 2020

Professional Collaborations

2019-Present: NSF-funded Rules of Life Project, Aeroecology Group, University of Oklahoma. Co-PIs Drs. Jeff Kelly, Eli Bridge, Phil Stepannian

2017- Present: Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways, Movement and foraging ecology of the Black Skimmer in New York

2009- Present: Robert Patton, Patton Biological Ltd, Gull-billed Tern migration and foraging ecology in San Diego, California.

2012- Present: Dr. Lisa Davenport, Duke University and Dr. Torbjorn Haugaasen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Amazonian Black Skimmer inter-tropical movements and micro-habitat use in the Peruvian Amazon

2013-2015: Dr. Eduardo Palacios, CICESE La Paz, Gull-billed Tern Mexico population assessments and juvenile dispersal ecology

2013-Present: Dr. Andres Aguilar, California State University- Los Angeles, Dr. Michael Horn, Cal State Fullerton, and Robert Patton, Avian Research Associates, Examining metapopulation dynamics of the Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) in southern California using genetic variation and satellite telemetry

Work Experience

8/1/2015- Present Coriz Plains Institute, University of Oklahoma

Research Assistant

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Eli Bridge

I am currently working on my dissertation that focuses upon movement ecology of larids and allies. I am also a graduate teaching assistant for the Biology Department teaching sections of Animal Physiology Lab (BIOL3103), BIOL 1114 Introduction to Zoology lecture, and four sections of BIOL 1121.

4/2014- 7/2014

Research Assistant III, San Diego State University

PI: Dr. Rebecca Lewison

The USFWS awarded SDSU funds to monitor Gull-billed Tern colony re-establishment following a major epizootic event. As I am already conducting research on Gull-billed Terns, Dr. Lewison hired me to conduct additional research on the colony re-establish in San Diego Bay. My duties consisted of monitoring reproductive success and diet of Gull-billed Terns nesting at the South Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

1/2014-4/2014

Consulting Biologist, Living Coast Discovery Center

Contact: Ben Vallejos, Executive Director

SDWRG was contracted through the Living Coast Discovery Center to develop and write a hand rearing and release manual for western Snowy Plover for the USFWS San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This contract involved extensive literature searches on Snowy Plover ecology, writing experience, and collaboration with USFWS biologists and experienced aviary personnel to produce a living document type manuscript to assist organizations with developing hand rearing programs.

 

4/2013-8/2013

Seabird Biologist, Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO)

Supervisor: Julie Howar

This position was a short term contract to collect nearshore foraging, disturbance, and nesting information on seabirds nesting along the Pacific Coastline in San Diego County.

 

6/1/2010- 8/1/2012

Research Assistant, San Diego State University Research Foundation

PI: Dr. Rebecca Lewison

I began work with SDSU in pursuit of a Master’s of Science at San Diego State University. From 2009-2012, I designed and implemented a foraging movement and diet research project for Gull-billed Terns breeding in San Diego Bay. This project combined the use of VHF radio telemetry, stable isotope analysis, and observational chick provisioning to investigate the existence of intraguild predation in western Gull-billed Terns and impacts to California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers. I managed all project activities ranging from grant proposal writing, budget management, data collection and analyses, progress and final report writing, and supervision of 3-4 technicians each field season.

 

10/2008- 03/2009

Biological Sciences Technician, USFWS Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Supervisor: Dwight Cooley Refuge System Director           

I had several priorities while working for Wheeler NWR: completed of bi-monthly wintering waterfowl surveys, updated waterfowl survey databases, completed telemetry monitoring of Whooping cranes wintering at Wheeler (poster presented), completed water level management for wintering waterfowl, developed a volunteer based invasive plant species removal program and accompanying training documents, completed step-down management plans regarding nuisance species, updated the Refuge-wide Pesticide Use Proposal database, designed and updated ArcGIS maps for the Refuge Farm Plan, completed a comparative analysis of counting techniques for gray bats at five cave sites in Alabama (poster presented), participated in educational clean and learn program (led presentation for waterfowl identification), and directed Refuge volunteer activities.

 

4/2007- 1/2008

Wildlife Biologist Research Assistant, Clemson University

PI: Dr. Pat Jodice, Project Managers: Christy Hand and Janet Thibault    

Duties: Work with Clemson consisted of two projects assisting with American Oystercatcher (AMOY) nesting success and wintering ecology. The initial project with Janet Thibault focused on nesting ecology of American Oystercatchers (AMOY) with the goal to evaluate nesting fecundity of AMOY using the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway and Bull’s Bay in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. My work with Janet Thibault focused on collecting AMOY nesting success data. The second project with Christy Hand involved comparing foraging efficiency and diet composition between AMOY of different ages and between different bays within the Cape Romain NWR area of South Carolina.

 

4/2006- 9/2006

Toxicology Lead Research Assistant, Kansas State University

PI: Dr. Brett Sandercock

Duties: The primary objective of this project was to obtain biological samples from a variety of shorebird species to determine a good methodology for testing pesticide contaminant loads using acetylcholinesterace tracers. The secondary objective of this project was to sample nearctic breeding shorebird species for H5N1 avian influenza. I was responsible for organizing and directing field studies in both Texas and Kansas for up to four assistants.

 

7/2004-2/2006

North Bay Salt Ponds Lead Field Technician, U.S.G.S. Western Ecological Research Center, San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station GS-486-06

PI: Dr. John Takekawa                                   

As a lead field technician, my primary project was avian and water quality monitoring of the North Bay salt pond tidal restoration project. I performed both biological (vegetation, invertebrate, bird, small mammal) and physical (water quality, sediment deposition, bathymetric mapping) surveys on the salt ponds and surrounding sloughs of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area of the north San Francisco Bay estuary. Secondary duties consisted of assisting with other projects on an as-needed basis. These projects included: Surf Scoter surgical implantation of satellite transmitters and telemetry; trapping and banding of Forster’s terns, American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts; Western Sandpiper banding and prey identification sampling; Caspian tern chick capture and banding, and California Black rail capture, banding, and blood collection. I planned and supervised fieldwork for up to four lower grade technicians at field sites in North Pablo Bay and in South San Francisco Bay near San Mateo, CA. My duties also included invertebrate identification, data entry, data analysis, assisting the primary investigator in annual and quarterly report writing, writing methodologies and protocols for field and lab work, primary literature research for ongoing projects, and assisting the project manager with budget management.