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

Rebecca Garlinger (MS ’18) is studying dominance relationships and social networks in the mixed chickadee population at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Becca will begin work in Jan 2019 as a Wildlife Specialist at White Oak, a wildlife conservation organization in Florida. @BecAndTheBrain

Recipient of a 2018 Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant from the Wilson Ornithological Society; a 2018 Hesse Award from the American Ornithological Society; a 2017 Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Award (AFO); a VU Grad Studies 2017 Summer Research Fellowship; and 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. Holly will begin work in Jan 2019 at the Jama-Coaque Bird Observatory in northwestern Ecuador. @hmg_ornithology

Recipient of a 2018 McCarley Grant from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists; 2017 and 2018 BirdsCaribbean grants from the David S. Lee Fund; a 2017 Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Award (AFO); and 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 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research; a 2018 Wilson Ornithological Society Research Grant; and 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 for her undergraduate Senior Thesis. She’s focusing now on cognitive ecology (problem-solving abilities) in hybrid and ‘pure’ chickadees. @TheTinyBirdGirl

Recipient of a summer 2016 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Michael Rowley (MS ’20) began work in the lab in Fall 2018, with plans to conduct thesis research on social and cognitive ecology (spatial memory) in hybrid and ‘pure’ chickadees. @MikeLikesBirds

Undergraduate research students

Taylor Heuermann (LAS ’19, MS ’20) is focusing on the influence of “personality genes” on boldness and exploratory behavior in chickadees. @tmheuermann

Recipient of Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowships for summer 2017 and 2018, and a 2018 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

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

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

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

Nicole Dib (LAS ’21) has begun participating in the lab

Lily Day (LAS ’22) will work in the lab during S19 as a First-year Match participant

Former students and post-docs