Dovid Kozlovsky participated in the lab from Aug 2019 through Dec 2020 as a Mendel Science Experience (MSE) Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Kozlovsky’s MSE position focused on co-teaching our new offering for non-science majors about family trees; he also taught courses in behavioral ecology and tropical natural history, and he joined RLC in mentoring research students. Dovid began work as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Kennesaw State University in Jan 2021. DYK profile on ResearchGate
Matt Miller while a Post-doctoral Fellow at Villanova (2014-2016) continued his own work on Neotropical birds and disease ecology while also taking the lead on a new phylogenetic study of Ramphocinclus thrashers. In June 2016, he began a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Curator of Ornithology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History & Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma
Valentina Ferretti (2011-2013) participated in our Pennsylvania chickadee field studies and helped establish our collaboration with the Lovette Lab, resulting in coauthorship of two 2014 papers on chickadee genomics in relation to hybridization. She is now a faculty member in the Departamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolution, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jameson (Jim) Chace (2001-2005) was associated with the lab while holding postdoctoral and visiting assistant professor positions. He is now a tenured Professor at Salve Regina University.
Taylor Heuermann (LAS ’19, MS ’20) focused on the influence of “personality genes” on boldness and exploratory behavior in chickadees while completing VU’s 5-year combined BS-MS program. @tmheuermann
Ari Rice (MS 2020) studied haemosporidian parasites in hybridizing chickadees, and in irruptive vs. resident chickadees. @AriBirdman
Sarah Polekoff (MS 2018) investigated exploratory behavior as a component of personality in Black-capped, Carolina, and hybrid chickadees. She is now a PhD student at Arizona State University. @sapolekoff
Mark Eastburn (MS 2017) studied the behavioral ecology of the ant-acacia jumping spider, Bagheera kiplingi, including comparison with other jumping spiders. He teaches science in Princeton, NJ, public schools. @markeastburnpps
Robert Driver (MS 2017) studied genetic correlates of reduced hatching success and nestling sex ratio (testing for Haldane’s Rule) in hybridizing chickadees. He is now a PhD student at East Carolina University. @rdriver215
Chris Roche (MS 2016) focused on on winter residence patterns in resident and irruption visitor chickadees at Nolde Forest using RFID methods. Chris works for an environmental consulting company.
Kate Freeman (MS 2015) studied the role of helpers in anti-predator nest defense and reproductive success in St. Lucia White-breasted Thrashers. She is now an Assistant Stewardship Project Manager for the Sonoma Land Trust.
Christie Eldredge (MS 2015) investigated parental attentiveness during the nestling period, as a component of personality, in Carolina Chickadees using RFID methods.
Jacob Armiger (MS 2014) conducted a field study of cooperative breeding and reproductive ecology in the Yucatan Wren. Jacob now works for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Evan Kelemen (MS 2014) carried out field experiments to examine the functional importance of song repertoires, and the possible role of singing behavior in personality, in Carolina Chickadees. He is now a PhD student at the University of Arizona
Sarah Baillie (MS 2014) investigated anti-predator behavior as a component of personality in Carolina Chickadees, and correlates with genetic parentage. Sarah currently works for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Josh LaPergola (2012) studied social behavior and mating system of the Black Catbird on Cozumel and mainland Yucatan. Josh received his PhD, studying Hispaniolan Woodpeckers, from Cornell University; he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University.
Erik Scully (BS 2011, MS 2012) studied nesting ecology and social behavior in Bagheera kiplingi. He is now a doctoral candidate, studying chimpanzee biology, at Harvard University
Stephanie Wright (MS 2010) studied the function of different song types in the chickadee hybrid zone using playback experiments, and changes in vocal patterns over time. She recently completed her PhD at The Ohio State University, and she currently teaches at the Columbus School for Girls
Jessica Trout-Haney (MS 2010) studied the genetic mating system of the Boreal Chickadee in southwestern Nova Scotia. She is recent PhD recipient from Dartmouth College
Jennifer Mortensen (MS 2009) studied the conservation ecology of the endangered White-breasted Thrasher. She recently received her PhD from Tufts University and currently holds a postdoctoral position at the University of Arkansas
Christopher Meehan (BS 2008, MS 2009) co-discovered the world’s first known herbivorous spider, Bagheera kiplingi, and studied the species for his MS thesis
Amanda Nicodemus (MS 2009) examined relationships between dominance, mate choice, and genetic identity among chickadees at the trailing edge of the hybrid zone, at Nolde Forest. She now works as a wildlife biologist in western US
Samantha Slattery (MS 2008) examined relationships between song repertoires, male genetic identity, and reproductive success in the chickadee hybrid zone. Sam recently earned her M.D.
Lindsay Zemba (MS 2007) examined relationships between dominance, mate choice, and genetic identity at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She now works as a personal trainer, and she is both a mom and a professional Ironwoman triathlete
Luke Pilipski (MS 2006) conducted independent work, focusing the diet of the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). He is now a lab technician for a biotechnology company in Pennsylvania
Sue Guers (MS 2006) focused on the effects of forest fragmentation on reproductive success of Black-capped Chickadees and hybrids at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She is now a professional wildlife biologist in Alaska
Matt Reudink (MS 2004) studied microsatellite DNA as a marker for parentage analysis and genotyping of birds within the Pennsylvania contact zone, and patterns of extra-pair mating in relation to genetic identity of males and female. Matt is now a tenured Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia
Chris Valligny (MS 2004) investigated the effects of an extraordinary winter fire on foraging and territorial behavior of Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens). He is now an environmental consultant
Lindsay Rossano (MS 2003) focused on vocalizations, and especially on variability in repertoire composition (including both whistled songs and ‘chick-a-dee’ calls) at the individual level, within the hybrid zone. She now works as a mom and an environmental consultant
Kerri Cornell (MS 2002) focused on decreased hatching success in chickadees resulting from hybridization, and on parentage patterns. She is now a tenured Associated Professor at Westminster College
Sean Mullen (MS 2001) studied genetics and morphology of hybridizing Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapilla) and Carolina Chickadees (P. carolinensis) in southeastern Pennsylvania. He is now a tenured Associate Professor at Boston University
Ilonka Von Lippke (MS 2001) assessed the roles of dominance and within-group conflict on reproductive success in the complex cooperative breeding system of Española Mockingbirds (Mimus macdonaldi) in the Galápagos. She subsequently received her PhD from UCLA
Liz Borst (MS 1998) studied social and demographic factors affecting laying date and clutch size in Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
Joel Greshock (MS 1998) investigated habitat use by northern water snakes (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) in southeastern Pennsylvania. He is is currently Director of Information Systems at GlaxoSmithKline PLC in the UK
Lee Walton (MS 1997) focused on nest site selection in Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Lee now owns an environmental consulting company in Florida
Juan E. Martínez-Gómez (MS 1995) completed the first detailed population study of the critically endangered Socorro Mockingbird (Mimodes graysoni), a mimid endemic to a single island (Socorro) in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico. Juan is now at Investigator Titular at INECOL
Undergraduate thesis students
Haley Randall (LAS ’20) investigated local and regional patterns of interannual variation in chickadee abundance
Caraline Gammons (LAS ’20) studied variation in plumage brightness in relation to individual genotype across the chickadee hybrid zone
Recipient of a summer 2019 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Emily Burton (LAS ’18) carried out thesis work on population genetics of hybridizing chickadees. @eburton9821
Matt Dula (LAS ’18) completed Senior Thesis research on social networks in Carolina Chickadees @MattDula1
Recipient of a summer 2017 DeLuke Summer Fellowship
Katherine Monroe (LAS ’18) conducted 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, conducted Senior Thesis research on niche modeling in Hispaniolan todies. @Kate_Marina27
Gwen Saccocia (LAS ’20) participated in the lab in S17 as a CURF Freshman Match student
John Szot (Biology ’15) studied responses to song playbacks by male chickadees in our primary hybrid-zone study population
Brianna Mattio (Biology ’15) investigated behavioral relationships between Bagheera kiplingi and Pseudomyrmex ants
Laura Ceccacci (Biology ’15) examinined relationships between male parental care and parentage patterns in Carolina Chickadees
Ashveen Bains (Biology ’14) carryied out a study of changes in genetic structure over time across our hybrid-zone chickadee populations
Amanda McKenna (Biology ’13) carried out a study of plumage brightness of chickadees within our hybrid-zone study populations
Karen Zusi (Biology & Honors ’11) investigated song repertoires in Carolina Chickadees
Andy McGann (Biology ’07) examined social dominance and flock structure in Carolina Chickadees
Nick Weber (Comprehensive Science & Honors ’05) explored improved microsatellite markers for distinguishing between Black-capped and Carolina chickadees
Steve VanPelt (Biology & Honors ’05) followed up on Kerri Cornell’s previous study of Haldane’s Rule in hybridizing chickadees
Alice Ruscica (Biology ’04) used microsatellite DNA to further investigate parentage patterns in Carolina Chickadees at Great Marsh, focusing particularly on variation among years in the frequency of extra-pair offspring (EPO)
Christina Yuan (Biology & Honors ’03) used microsatellite DNA to investigate parentage patterns in Carolina Chickadees at Great Marsh. She is now an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ryan Zitnay (Biology ’03) used mtDNA and microsatellite DNA to investigate introgression of Carolina Chickadee genes into the Black-capped Chickadee population at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Mina Innes (Biology & Honors ’02) used GIS to map habitats in our chickadee hybrid zone study followed by analysis of nest-site selection as a function of variation in habitat types
Leanna Massarelli (Biology ’01) contributed to the Pennsylvania part of the Black-capped / Carolina Chickadee project by focusing on the match, or lack thereof, between each male’s genotype and the type of song that he sings
Matt Rea (Biology ’00) used GIS and remote sensing data to investigate the degree to which the surviving Socorro Mockingbirds are limited by habitat availability
Cheryl Zecchine (Honors ’99) focused on genetic methods for sexing Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) and Carolina Chickadees (P. carolinensis) in southeastern Pennsylvania
Melanie Jenter (Biology ’99) investigated genetic methods for sexing Florida Scrub-Jays
Kevin Klesh (Honors Program ’98) Reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act
Chadd Criddle (BSC ’98): Territory occupancy of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees in southwestern Nova Scotia
Jill Wotanis (Biology ’98): Geography of the contact zone between Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Terry Leland (Honors ’96): Historical patterns of confier invasion of serpentine barrens in Maryland: analysis using GIS
Cathy Ciarimboli (Biology ’96): Invasion of serpentine barrens by pitch pine at Nottingham County Park, Pennsylvania
Connie Gasda (Biology ’94): Brood division by Northern Mockingbirds
Michele Hannon (Biology ’92): Effects of fire suppression on Florida Scrub-Jays: food availability and habitat structure in long-unburned habitat
Bryan Spohn (Honors ’92): Abiotic edge effects on foraging behavior of woodland birds in Pennsylvania. He is now a Professor at the Florida State College at Jacksonville