(see my Publications page for a complete list and pdf's)

Professional Appointments 

Fall 2012 - present:
Assistant Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University

2013 - present:

Editorial Board, Ecosphere, Ecological Society of America

Academic Training

2011 - 2012:
Research Associate, Centre for Applied Conservation Research, Department of Forest Sciences, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. K. M. Martin

2009 – 2011:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC, Canada) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. C. G. Guglielmo. Collaborator: Dr. D. W. Winkler (Cornell)

2007 – 2009:
Helen Battle Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario.  Supervisors: Dr. C. G. Guglielmo (UWO), D. R. Norris (U. Guelph)

Dec 2006:
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona. Ph.D. (minor: School of Natural Resources). Advisors: Dr. J. L. Bronstein and Dr. C. J. Conway

May 1990:
University of British Columbia, B. Mus., viola performance, 1st Class, GPA 3.8

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 Awards and Honors:

Elective member of Sigma Xi, 2015
Elective member of the American Ornithologists' Union, 2013
Kansas State University's Faculty Mentoring Fellowship, 2013
American Ornithologists' Union Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award 2011

Organization for Tropical Studies Best Student Paper Award in 2010
University of Arizona Alumni Association Outstanding Instructor Award, 2011

Research Grants:

PI; "EAGER: Climatic drivers of demography and reproductive behavior of tropical birds" ($200K), 2016-2018
PI; "Consequences of climate variability for prairie birds", NSF EPSCoR First Award ($77K), 2016

PI; "Dispersal and Migratory Connectivity of a Declining Grassland Songbird", Kansas State University USRG fund ($5331), 2015-2016
co-PI; "
RCN: Enabling comparative studies of the process and products of sexual selection in a genomic context" B.A. Loiselle & 3 other co-PIs, NSF-DEB ($499,901), 2015-2020
PI; "Development of spatially explicit models and decision support tools for Henlow's Sparrows and other priority birds in the Flint Hills", USFWS ($129K), 2015-2017
Kansas State Division of Biology BRIEF program ($1800), 2013
Kansas State International Incentives program grant ($1530), 2013
Academic Keys Future Faculty Award ($1000), 2012
National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration Grant (PI; $18.5K), 2008–2009
NSF–Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($12K), 2004-2005
Silliman Memorial Research Award (five separate awards totalling ~$6K), 2001-2005
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research Award (six separate awards totaling $4,650), 2001-2006
Center for Insect Science Research Award ($2K), 2004
American Ornithologists’ Union Alexander Wetmore Memorial Research Award ($1,800), 2002
The Explorers Club Research Grant ($1,200), 2001
Tinker Foundation/Latin American Studies Research Grant ($650), 2001
University of Arizona Research Training Grant Research Grant ($1000), 2001

Fellowships and Scholarships:

NSERC Post-doctoral Fellowship (two years; $80,000), 2009-2011
Helen Battle Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario (two years; $70,000), 2007-2009
Organization for Tropical Studies–REU Program Mentor Fellowship (two summers; $1600), 2005 & 2007
American Ornithologists’ Union Tucker Award (conference travel; $250), 2005
Women in Science & Engineering (conference travel; $600), 2006
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (scholarships & waivers over six years; $79,575), 2000-2006
NSERC Post Graduate Fellowship (two years; $38,200), 2002-2003
University of Arizona Research Training Grant Graduate Fellowship (one year; $12,105), 2001-2002
University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship (one year; $23,100), 2000-2001
Maurice Taylor Scholarship in Music, Hawk Eilertson Scholarship in Music, John S. Chappell Memorial Scholarship in Music, British Columbia Government Challenge Grant. 1987-1989

Seminars and Presentations

Invited Seminars:

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, U. Florida, 27 Feb 2017
Department of Biological Science, Wichita State University, 6 Feb 2017
Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech U., 26 Mar 2016
Organization for Tropical Studies, Cuerici, Costa Rica, 7 July 2016
Department of Biology, U. Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE, 24 Feb 2015
Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn U., 19 Nov 2015

Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile, 6 Oct 2015
Washington College, Chestertown CT, 16 Jun 2015
Department of Biology, Emporia State U., 25 Mar 2015
Division of Biological Sciences, Organismal Biology and Ecology, U. Montana, 18 Mar 2015
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U. Connecticut, CT, 11 Apr 2014
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, U.Illinois, IL, 26 Feb 2014
Department of Biology, U. New Mexico, Albugquerque, NM, 5 Dec 2013
Division of Biology, Kansas State U.y, Manhattan, KS, 12 Sep 2013 
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U. Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 3 Sep 2013 
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane U., New Orleans, LA, 1 Feb 2013 Department of Biological Sciences, U.Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 30 Nov 2012
Canadian Wildlife Service, Delta, BC, 21 Feb 2012
Department of Biology, Kansas State U., Manhattan, KS, 13 Feb 2012
Department of Biology, Simon Fraser U., Vancouver, BC, 2 Feb 2012
Department of Forest Sciences, U. British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 18 Jan 2012
Department of Biology, East Carolina U., Greenville, NC, 30 Nov 2011
Biodiversity Research Centre, U. British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 21 Nov 2011
Department of Zoology & Physiology, U. Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 13 Oct 2011
Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion U., Norfolk, VA, 21 Mar 2011
Department of Biology, Texas State U., San Marcos, TX, 17 Feb 2011
Department of Biology, U. St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2 Dec 2010
School of Natural Resources & Environment, U. Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 19 Nov 2010
Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U., Blacksburg, VA (Grad-Nominated Speaker), 21 Oct 2010
Cornell University, Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, 5 Oct 2010
Cornell University, Department of EEB, Ithaca, NY, 6 Oct 2010
Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 29 Jan 2010
Department of Biology, U. Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, 2010 & 2008
La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, 2008 & 2007
Spanish-language presentation to Costa Rican National Parks personnel, conservationists, and land managers.  San José, Costa Rica, 15 Nov 2004
Center for Latin American Studies, U. Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 10 Nov 2001

 Invited Conference Presentations

Gordon Research Conference, "Movement Ecology of Animals: The Development of an Animal Movement Paradigm", Ventura CA, 19-24 Mar 2017
North American Ornithological Conference, Washington DC, 18 and 20 Aug 2016
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative Steering Committee meeting, Manhattan KS, 15 July 2015
Joint meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, Estes Park CO, 24 Sep 2014

The Wildlife Society, Portland OR, 14 Oct 2012
CAnMove Ecology and Evolution of Partial Migration in Animals symposium, Lund University, Sweden, 31 Aug 2010
American Ornithologists’ Union, Philadelphia PA, 15 Aug 2009
NCCR International Conference on Plant Species Concepts and Evolution, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1 Feb 2008

Contributed Conference Presentations

North American Ornithological Conference, Washington DC, 17-20 Aug 2016
The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Canada, 19 Oct 2015
LTER All Scientists' Meeting, Estes Park, CO, 1 Sep 2015
American Ornithologists' Union/Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK, 29 Jul 2015
American Ornithologists' Union/Cooper Ornithological Society, Estes Park, CO, 24 Sep 2014
American Ornithologists’ Union/Cooper Ornithological Society, Chicago, IL, 14 Aug 2011
Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, 8 Aug 2013
Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, San Jose, Costa Rica, 24 Jun 2013
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA, 4 Jan 2013
North American Ornithological Congress, Vancouver, BC, 17 Aug 2012
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC, 7 Jan 2012
American Ornithologists’ Union, Jacksonville, FL, 28 July 2011
Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, WI, 8 Aug 2008
American Ornithologists’ Union, Laramie, WY, 10 Aug 2007
North American Ornithological Congress, Veracruz, Mexico, 6 Oct 2006
Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN, 7 Aug 2006
American Ornithologists’ Union, Santa Barbara, CA, 26 Aug 2005
Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada, 9 Aug 2005
Southwestern Association of Biologists, Portal, AZ, 27 Oct 2003
North American Ornithological Congress, New Orleans, LA, 26 Sep 2002
“Birds of Two Worlds” Symposium, Smithsonian Institution, Shepherdstown, WV, 8 Mar 2002

Outreach Presentations:

Workshop leader and career discussion leader, Expanding Your Futures in Mathematics and Science; day-long conference for middle-school girls, Emporia, KS, March 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
STEM Fun Night, "How do birds fly?" hands-on workshop for grade-schoolers and families at Lee Elementary School, Manhattan, KS, March 2015
Flint Hills Audubon Society, Manhattan, KS, March 2014
Workshop leader and career discussion leader, Expanding Your Futures in Mathematics and Science; day-long conference for middle-school girls, Emporia, KS, March 2014 & March 2015
Jayhawk Audubon Society, Lawrence, KS, October 2013
Nature of Biological Things (non-majors) class, Physiology of Migration (upper-level majors); University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. 2009, 2010, 2011
Animal Behaviour class, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, 2007 & 2010
Environmental Biology class, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2006
Four, 1-hour presentations to groups of 7th grade students, Desert Sky Middle School, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2006
Presentations to school children through the University of Arizona/NASA Space Grant Science Speakers Program, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2005
Animal Behavior class, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2005
OTS-La Selva REU program and OTS graduate courses, Costa Rica, 2002, 2003, 2005

Teaching and Mentoring


Division of Biology, Kansas State University

Ornithology. Spring 2014-present
Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario
Senior Capstone Seminar in Biology. Spring 2009
Techniques in Physiology and Biochemistry, Fall 2007
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Ornithology, Spring 2007
International bird migration workshop, Valdivia, Chile, 5-9 Oct 2015

Teaching assistant and Lab Instructor:

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Environmental Biology (3rd year non-majors), Spring 2006
Animal Behavior (senior/grad level), Fall 2005
Ornithology (senior/grad level), Spring 2005
Ecology (core 3rd year level) (teaching award for this course), Fall 2001

Mentor and Field Course Instructor:

Graduate mentor:

Sarah Winnicki (MS; fall 2016-present)

Carly Aulicky (PhD; summer 2015-present)
Elsie Shogren (PhD; summer 2015-present)
Mark Herse (MS; winter 2015-present)
Emily Williams (MS; fall 2013-2016)

Graduate Student Committee member:
Kansas State Univeristy;
Kayla Gerber (MS), Brian Kearns (MS), Joseph Lautenbach (MS), Zachary Peterson (MS), Andy Stetter (MS), Bram Verheijen (PhD), Courtney Passow (PhD), Nick Barts (PhD)
University of Arizona; Carl Lundblad (MS)

K-State Undergraduate mentor
2015; Jackie Gehrt, Amanda Moraes-Charpinel, Suzy Replogle, Chelsea Sink, Dylan Smith
2014; Alex Henry, Hunter Nedland, Dylan Smith, Amie Somers, Blake Walters
2013; Allison Bays, Sarah Demadura, Ian Waters, Chyna Pei 

K-State Developing Scholars Program mentor:
2014-2015; Breyana Ramsey

K-State/Konza REU Program mentor:
2015; Sarah Winnicki (Dennison U., OH), and Yisel Marquez (Weber State U., UT)
2014; Sarah Winnicki (Dennison U., OH)
2013Steffanie Munguia (U. South Florida, FL)

La Selva REU Program Mentor, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica:
Summers 2007 & 2005
; Two (of 3) mentored students published their research projects. One recently won a faculty position in Biology, another works full-time in environmental education.

Organization for Tropical Studies Tropical Biology
July 2016, Feb 2002, and Feb 2003.
Guest faculty member, OTS Tropical Biology graduate field courses. Designed and led short-term student field research projects in Costa Rica

University of Arizona and Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario: 2001-2009. Mentor to > 35 assistants from Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, Australia, Canada & USA in the field

SERBO (Oaxaca) and IHNE (Chiapas):
1999 & 1997.
Teaching assistant, tropical plant field courses, Dr. B. L. Boyle, instructor

Other Relevant Skills

Leadership,  Service & International Experience

Service to Professional Societies: Board member and chair publications committee Cooper Ornithological Society (2013-2016). Co-chair, joint advisory committee Central Ornithology Publishing Office (2014-2016). Chair of the AOS publications advisory committee (2016-present). Elective Member, American Ornithological Society (2013). Chair, Media Committee 5th North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, Canada, Aug 2012. Judge Student presentation awards (SICB 2012, TWS 2012, ESA 2013, AOU 2013, 2014, 2015). Editorial Board Member Ecosphere 2013-present. Guest Editor Ecology 2014.

Co-PI: NESCent catalysis group proposal "Genome-enabled Research on Manakins", July 2012 (funded Sept 2012, meeting Jan 2013)

Co-PI: NCEAS working group proposal "Tropical forests on elevational gradients: prospects for hyperdiverse landscapes in a changing climate", Jan 2010 (not funded)

Reviewer: Journals: American Naturalist, American Midland Naturalist, Animal Behaviour, Avian Conservation and Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Biological Conservation, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biology Letters, Biotropica, Bird Conservation International, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Ecological Applications, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecosphere, Ecosystems, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Functional Ecology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Avian Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Ornithology, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Journal of Zoology, Oecologia, Oikos, PLoS One, Proceedings of the Royal Society-B, Royal Society Open Science, The Auk: Ornithological Advances, The Condor: Ornithological Applications, Tropical Conservation Science, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Zoological Studies.
Granting agencies and publishers: National Science Foundataion, Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic Society, Princeton University Press

Bird guide: tour leader for Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours in Mexico (2001-2005)

Founder and organizer: graduate student discussion series (U Arizona, 2001–2003), avian research discussion forum (UWO, 2007–2008)

Languages: native English speaker, fluent Spanish (reading, writing, spoken), some French and Portuguese (reading)

Research assistant: forest community inventories in Mexico, Ecuador, and Costa Rica (tropical plant ID, collection, herbarium work; part time 1990-1994)

Student-led cross-disciplinary applied research: helped organize and participated in “Students Integrating Academics and Conservation effort in Desert Grasslands”, Los Fresnos, Mexico ( 

My Science in the Popular Media

Guest blog at AmericanOrnithologyPubs:
A New Look at Altitudinal Migration 
AUK-16-228(29 Mar 2017)

Guest blogs at Dispatches from the Field:
Dispatches from the Jungle, part 1 and part 2

Grasshopper Sparrow research the topic of article by Saraiya Kanning, published in Birding magazine, Feb 2017

Migration research highlighted in textbook: Animal Behavior: Concepts, Process, Application

Interview on Quirks and Quarks, (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio science program), Apr 2011.

U Guelph Press, Birds Must Choose Between Mating, Migrating, 6 April 2011 reprinted by dozens of online science news agencies including Science Daily News, PhysOrg, e!ScienceNews.

Interview on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio science program, Quirks and Quarks, Apr 2010.  

Interviewed and featured on KXCI’s Arizona Illustrated, National Public Television, Tucson, Mar 2007

Featured in Science Magazine’s ScienceNOW,, Apr 2010                                                                
UA Press, Why do bird migrate? reprinted by over 40 online science news agencies including Science Daily News, Evolution Research, Mongabay,, Earth Times

Spanish-language interview and story, El Imparcial newspaper, Mexico, Apr 2007

University of Arizona’s
Visitor Guide Magazine, Fall 2007

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