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Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

Sarah Scott (MS Raptor Biology student). Project: Migration strategies and disease in American Kestrels. email sarahscott390 at
Kevin Myers (MS Raptor Biology student). Project: Diet, health, and movement of juvenile Golden Eagles. email kevinmyers14 at
Carolina Granthon (PhD Ecology, Evolution and Behavior student). Project: California Condor propagation, Co-advised with Dr. McClure. email carolinagranthon at
Ashley Santiago (MS Raptor Biology student). Project: Assessing the effects of habitat quality and juvenile survivorship on territory occupancy of golden eagles. email ashleysantiago at
Nora Honkomp (MS Raptor Biology student). Project: Examining the effects of climate factors on fall departure timing in North American migratory raptors using citizen science data. email norahonkomp at
Jessica Taylor (MS Raptor Biology student). Project: Movement ecology of nesting American Kestrels. Co-advised with Dr. Dave Oleyar jessicataylor55 at


Sadie Pollock (Ranck) (MS Raptor Biology student, Graduated 2022). Project: Using claw isotopes to assess individual migratory strategies of American kestrels. current position: education and volunteer coordinator at Think Wild. email sadieranck at
Jason Winiarski Jason (Jay) Winiarski (PhD Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior student). Project: Environmental drivers of timing of annual cycles of migratory birds. email jasonwiniarski at
Kathleen Callery Kathleen (Katie) Callery (MS Raptor Biology student, Graduated 2020). Project: Phenological mismatch is correlated with fitness outcomes and adaptive behavior in a generalist avian predator distributed across North America. email kathleencallery at
Caitlin DavisCailtin Davis (MS Raptor Biology student, , Graduated 2019). Project: Interactive effects of fire and recreation on predator-prey relationships. current position: research associate Boise State University
email caitlindavis at and her beautiful photography on Flickr
hannamHanna McCaslin (MS Raptor Biology student, , Graduated 2019). Project: Environmental drivers of avian dispersal. current position: PhD student at Colorado State University. email mccaslinhm at
Michaela BrinkmeyerMichaela (Mikki) Brinkmeyer (MS Raptor Biology student, co-advised with Dr. Kristen Ruegg, Graduated 2018). Project: Using high-resolution genetic techniques to develop an American kestrel genoscape for studies of migratory connectivity. email brin5845 at
Ben DudekBenjamin (Ben) Dudek (MS Raptor Biology student, Graduated 2017). Project: Diseases and ecto-parasites that affect golden eagle nestlings. email benja.dudek at visit Ben's website to learn more
amke-f-shawn-smith-300x290Shawn Smith (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2016) Project: Earlier nesting by a predatory bird is associated with human adaptations to climate change, current position: PhD student at George Mason University, email: Shawnhsmith2015 at
Robert SpaulRobert Spaul (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2015) Project: Effects of off-highway vehicles on Golden Eagles , email: spaul.robert AT current position: Credit Valley Conservation
Alexandra AndersonAlexandra (Allie) Anderson (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2014) Project: Population response to climate change: does assortative mating facilitate earlier nesting? current position: PhD student at Trent University, email: aande763 AT
N/AErin Wonder (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2013) Project: Effects of handling on corticosterone in American Kestrel nestlings. current position: Jefferson Laboratories, email: ponderbread AT
Neil PaprockiNeil Paprocki (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2013) Project: Current versus historical trends in habitat use by wintering raptors in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. current position: PhD student at University of Idaho, email: neilpaprocki AT Explore Neil's images on flickr
Eric NolteEric Nolte (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2012) Project: Detectability of migrating raptors at Lucky Peak. email: ericnolte AT
Alyson WebberAlyson Webber (MS Biology, Graduated 2011) Project:  How do Human Disturbance, Beach Characteristics, and Coastal Engineering Affect Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) Habitat Selection on the Florida Panhandle? email: afwebber AT
Erin StrasserErin Strasser (MS Raptor Biology, Graduated 2010) Project:  Reproductive failure and the stress response in American Kestrels nesting along a human disturbance gradient.  current position: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. email: erin.strasser AT
Paul DohertyPaul Doherty (MS Biology, Hofstra University, Graduated 2007) Project: Factors Affecting Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Parental Care, Behavior and Hatching Success on Long Island, NY. PhD: UC Merced. Current position: Environmental Systems Research Institute (esri). email: pjdohert AT
Annie McIntyerAnnie McIntyre (MS Biology, Hofstra University, Graduated 2007) Project: Piping Plover Reproduction at Jones Beach State Park, NY, 1995-2007: Trends in Nesting Activity and Plover Response to Foraging Habitat Restoration. current position: NY State Parks, email: Annie.McIntyre AT