Dr. Robert Lawrence (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. and as WOS Trustee. He also contributed to the governance of the former American Ornithologists’ Union (and is a Fellow and Life Member 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.
Dr. Dovid Kozlovsky is joining the lab in August 2019 as a Mendel Science Experience (MSE) Postdoctoral Fellow. Dovid brings a prolific publication record and ample experience studying chickadee cognitive ecology. Dr. Kozlovsky’s MSE position will focus on co-teaching our new offering for non-science majors about family trees; he will also teach courses in behavioral ecology and tropical natural history, and he will join RLC in mentoring research students.
Rebecca Garlinger (MS ’19) 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 ’19) studied the behavioral ecology and possible hybridization of Narrow-billed and Broad-billed todies in the Dominican Republic since 2016. While still working on her M.S. thesis, Holly began employment at the Jama-Coaque Bird Observatory in northwestern Ecuador in Jan 2019. @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; a 2018 student research grant from the Chapman Fund, AMNH; and a 2019 Hesse Award from the American Ornithological Society. GRFP Honorable Mention (NSF), 2019
Breanna Bennett (LAS ’17, MS ’20) studied exploratory behavior as a component of personality in the mixed chickadee population at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for her undergraduate Senior Thesis. She is focusing now on cognitive ecology (problem-solving abilities) in hybrid and ‘pure’ chickadees. @TheTinyBirdGirl
Recipient of a summer 2016 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship and a VU Grad Studies 2019 Summer Research Fellowship
Michael Rowley (MS ’20) began work in the lab in Fall 2018. He is conducting thesis research on social and cognitive ecology (spatial memory) in hybrid and ‘pure’ chickadees. @MikeLikesBirds
Recipient of a VU Grad Studies 2019 Summer Research Fellowship; a 2017 Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Award (AFO); a 2019 Hesse Award from the American Ornithological Society; a 2019 Student Research Grant from the Animal Behavior Society; and a Dept of Biology 2019-20 academic year fellowship (2 semesters)
Taylor Heuermann (LAS ’19, MS ’20) is focusing on the influence of “personality genes” on boldness and exploratory behavior in chickadees. Taylor is in VU’s 5-year combined BS-MS program; she earned her B.S. in Biology in May 2019 and is now an M.S. student. @tmheuermann
Recipient of Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowships for summer 2017 and 2018; a 2018 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research; and a VU Grad Studies 2019 Summer Research Fellowship
Supported in 2018-19 by a WOS Burtt Undergraduate Mentoring Grant
Margaret Boyle (MS ’21) joined the lab in January 2019. She is developing plans for thesis work concerning interactions between Tufted Titmice and both Black-capped and Carolina chickadees.
Undergraduate research students
Caraline Gammons (LAS ’20) is studying variation in plumage brightness in relation to individual genotype across the chickadee hybrid zone
Recipient of a summer 2019 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Ariana Abbrescia (LAS ’21) has begun participating in the lab
Nicole Dib (LAS ’21) has begun participating in the lab
Lily Day (LAS ’22) is studying male responses to songs in the chickadee hybrid zone