Article in the Connecticut Audubon State of the Birds Report
I wrote an article in the Connecticut Audubon's Annual State of the Birds Report (2020). I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts on field work and being a graduate student in the midst of a pandemic. I also share how I hope my research will help tidal marsh bird conservation. Click here to read the press release and watch the virtual press release event where I speak about my article (starting around 15:30). From this page, you can click to request a pdf copy of the full report containing my article.
On 20 Oct, 2020 I gave a talk to the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society.
I spoke about my dissertation research and research findings from my collaborative group, the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (https://www.tidalmarshbirds.org). Check out the talk below! Find info about SEVTAS here: https://www.sevtas.org
I presented a poster at the North American Ornithological Conference virtually in August 2020. See the posters in Spanish and English below!
No field season for summer 2020, but we'll be back in 2021!
I am now a PhD Candidate!
On September 27, 2019 I passed my prospectus oral defense now moving onto PhD Candidate status. I celebrated with my advisor, Dr. Chris Elphick, Dr. Margaret Rubega, lab members, graduate school peers, and a furry friend.
Field season 2020 is a wrap! Thanks so much to my full time field technicians Sebastian Orue Herrera and Megan Pasternak as well as multiple volunteers including Kathy Leone, Mackenzie Watkins, Will DeMott and Nate Davino.
We found and monitored 258 nests!! As well as banded many sparrow adults and nestlings, placed video cameras on nests, and performed flooding experiments.
In summer 2019, I spent the afternoon teaching children at the Children's Museum in West Hartford, CT about tidal marsh birds.
I passed my comprehensive exam!
On September 11, 2018 I spoke at a #uconneeb Tuesday Evening Seminar. The theme was "Field work Fun and Fails." My talk was aptly titled, "Field work fun and fails in an ecosystem that smells like rotten eggs." :)
On August 29, 2018 UCONN Today covered two Connecticut species that are being impacted by climate change. Click to read the article and see some of my videos!
4 April 2018: Thank you to the The Francis Rice Trainor Endowment Fund to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History for granting me a UCONN EEB Zoology Award for $1,500! This grant money will be put directly towards my upcoming field season.
27 September 2017: American Ornithological Society blog post featuring a paper by Dr. Kate Ruskin and the SHARP collaboration and a youtube video during my summer 2017 field season. The video documents the flooding of a Saltmarsh Sparrow nest over 1.5 hours at night.
Presentation at the Garden Club of America's
Zone I Annual Meeting
On September 20, I traveled to Little Compton, Rhode Island to speak at the Garden Club of America Zone I Annual Meeting. As the scholarship speaker, I presented on my dissertation research. Last April, the Garden Club of America awarded me their Coastal Wetlands Scholarship. I used this $5,000.00 award to directly fund my summer 2017 field season. With the award, I purchased small video cameras that I used to document behaviors at nests during flooding events.
Thank you to the Garden Club of America at large and the members of the Little Compton Garden Club!
13 Sept 2016: Feature in WSHU (NPR)
"Saltmarsh Sparrow could be a victim of sea level rise," by Davis Dunavin.
23 August 2016: Feature in Audubon online
"The Saltmarsh Sparrow is creeping dangerously close to extinction," by Hannah Furfaro.