Current Students

Ryan P. Bourbour

Major Professor: Dr. Josh Hull

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: rpbourbour@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://hulllabucd.wix.com/hulllab

Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.S. Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology- 2015 UC Davis

Research interests:  I am interested in wildlife ecology and conservation, especially regarding birds of prey throughout the Americas. My Master's research is investigating the migration ecology of Sharp-shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus) and Merlins (Falco columbarius). By partnering with the golden Gate Raptor Observatory and utilizing modern genetic techniques (metabarcoding), I aim to study the foraging ecology of these migrating raptors and reveal the prey they are feeding on to fuel their autumn journey.

Publications:

Kross, S.M., Bourbour, R.P., Martinico, B.L. Agricultural land use, barn owl diets, and vertebrate pest control implications. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 223: 167-174.

Phillips, R.A., Bousman, W.G., Rogers, M., Bourbour, R., Martinico, B., Mammoser, M. (2014). First successful nesting of Swainson's hawk in Santa Clara County, California since the 1800s. Western Birds, 45: 176-182.

Wolf, K, Baldwin, R., Bourbour, R.P. (2016). Restoration is best for wildlife, right? Grasslands. 26(1):7-10.

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Andrea DeRogatis

Major Professor: Dr. Kirk Klasing

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address:amderogatis@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.A. Biology, UC Santa Barbara- 2016

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Kimberley Foster

Major Professor: Dr. Annie King

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: kkfoster@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.S. Avian Sciences, UC Davis, 2014

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Mitchell Hinton

Major Professor: Dr. Andrea Townsend

Home department: Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

E-Mail address: mghinton@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences - In Progress UC Davis, B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Tulane University, 2013

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Emily Lumsdaine

Major Professor: Dr. Kirk Klasing and Dr. Lisa Tell

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: erlumsdaine@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.A. Biology, Oberlin College- 2014

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Karyn O'Hearn

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Hahn

Home department: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

E-mail address: kohearn@ucdavis.edu

Website: https://kestrelsmusings.wordpress.com/

Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.A. Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz

Research interests:  I am interested in the vocalizations of wild birds, especially how those sounds relate to individual and species survival. I want to understand and investigate the ways in which bird sounds relate to the natural soundscape, indicate habitat quality and inform conservation concerns, I am currently exploring two possible projects one of which I will choose for my master's research. Once involves the potential use of avian soundscape data to indicate effects from either immediate events like fire or the effects of longer term processes like climate change on phenological processes. The other will investigate song as it relates to either types, repertoire, or dialect across geographically distinct populations.

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Carrick Rice

Major Professor: Dr. Gabrielle Nevitt

Home department: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

E-mail address: cmrice@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.A. Biology, Drake University- 2012

Research interests: Ectoparasites in Agelaius blackbirds

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Emily Sapiro

Major Professor: Dr. Klasing and Dr. Tell

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: easapiro@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.S. Animal Science- 2015

Research interests: Compiling a comprehensive literature review on hummingbird metabolism and nutritional requirements

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Brittany Seibert

Major Professor: Dr. Michelle Hawkins

Home department: Medicine and Epidemiology, Veterinary Medicine

E-mail address: baseibert@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences -  UC Davis In Progress B.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis, 2015

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Daniel Smith

Major Professor: Dr. John Eadie

Home department: Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology

E-mail address: djssmith@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.S. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology-2013

Research interests:  I am interested in waterfowl ecology and wetlands. Currently I am interested in examining the impacts that wetland management actions have on waterfowl food resources, with the goal of identifying effective ways to maximize food value within managed wetlands. In additional to meeting the energetic demand that wintering waterfowls have, I am interested in how management actions can be tailored to also accommodate the habitat needs of other wetlands species. I hope to continue my focus on waterfowl into the future by examining novel questions, and building on the large body of research that exists for waterfowl.

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Linda Truong

Major Professor: Dr. Annie King

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: lxtru@ucdavis.edu

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Degrees: M.S. Avian Sciences UC Davis in progress, B.S. Veterinary Sciences Penn State University

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Avian Sciences graduate students and faculty- 2016