Current lab members

dsc_2486Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Curry received his A.B. from Dartmouth College (’79) and his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan (’87). In his doctoral research, he studied social and conservation ecology of Galápagos mockingbirds. He conducted postdoctoral research on Florida Scrub-Jays at Archbold Biological Station (1987-90) and began his position at Villanova in January 1991. He served as President (2013-15) of the Wilson Ornithological Society and continues to take an active role in that organization’s affairs; he serves as a WOS representative on the Board of Directors of the Ornithological Council. He also contributed to the governance of the former American Ornithologists’ Union (and is a Fellow of its successor, the American Ornithological Society) and the Society for Conservation Biology. Dr. Curry is the faculty advisor for the Ecological Society of Villanova.

Curry CV

Bob Curry profile on ResearchGate

Masters students

Sarah Polekoff (MS ’17) is completing her M.S. thesis research on exploratory behavior as a component of personality in Black-capped, Carolina, and hybrid chickadees. @sapolekoff

Rebecca Garlinger (MS ’18) is studying dominance relationships and social networks in the mixed chickadee population at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. @BecAndTheBrain

Recipient of a 2017 Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Award (AFO)

Recipient of a VU Grad Studies 2017 Summer Research Fellowship

Recipient of a Dept of Biology 2017-18 academic year fellowship (1 semester)

Holly Garrod (MS ’18) is studying behavioral ecology and possible hybridization of Narrow-billed and Broad-billed todies in the Dominican Republic. @hmg_ornithology

Recipient of a 2017 Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Award (AFO)

Recipient of 2017 and 2018 BirdsCaribbean grants from the David S. Lee Fund

Recipient of a 2017 William B. and Mary G. Robertson Fellowship Award from the Florida Ornithological Society

Ari Rice (MS ’19) is investigating involvement of malarial parasites in chickadee hybridization. @AriBirdman

Recipient of a 2018 student research grant from the Chapman Fund, AMNH

Breanna Bennett (LAS ’17, MS.’19) studied exploratory behavior as a component of personality in the mixed chickadee population at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She’s now enrolled in our M.S. program. @TheTinyBirdGirl

Recipient of a summer 2016 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Undergraduate research students

Emily Burton (LAS ’18) is interested in disease ecology involving birds; she is carrying out thesis work on population genetics of hybridizing chickadees. @eburton9821

Recipient of a 2018 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid

Recipient of a summer 2017 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Matt Dula (LAS ’18) has begun participating in the lab, with a focus on dominance and social networks in Carolina Chickadees @MattDula1

Recipient of a summer 2017 DeLuke Summer Fellowship

Katherine Monroe (LAS ’18) is conducting Senior Thesis research on song in relation to male genotypes in hybrid-zone chickadee populations. @katmon19

Kate Henderson (LAS ’18), as an Environmental Science major and Biology minor, is conducting Senior Thesis research on niche modeling in Hispaniolan todies. @Kate_Marina27

Taylor Heuermann (LAS ’19, MS ’20) has begun participating in the lab, with a focus on the influence of “personality genes” on exploratory behavior and boldness in chickadees. @tmheuermann

Recipient of a summer 2017 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Supported in 2018-19 by a WOS Burtt Undergraduate Mentoring Grant

Kaitlyn Chan (LAS ’20) has begun participating in the lab

Caraline Gammons  (LAS ’20) has begun participating in the lab

Ariana Abbrescia (LAS ’21) has begun participating in the lab

Former students and post-docs