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)
Honorary Member of IIECCO, 2020
Society of Conservation Biology 2010-present
American Ornithological Union 2009-present
Pacific Seabird Group 2010- present
Waterbird Society 2009- present
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
Conservation Biology 2017-Present
The Auk 2016-Present
Waterbirds 2014- Present
Marine Ornithology 2019
Marine Ornithology 2020
Animal Biotelemetry Journal 2021
2019-Present: NSF-funded Rules of Life Project, Aeroecology Group, University of Oklahoma. Co-PIs Drs. Jeff Kelly, Eli Bridge, Phil Stepannian
2020-Present: Dr. Patricia Szczys, Eastern Connecticut State University. Black Skimmer population connectivity in the Americas.
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.
2012-2020: 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
2013-2019: 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
8/1/2015- Present Corix Plains Institute, University of Oklahoma
Research Assistant, Telemetry study design, movement data analyses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.