Northern Colorado American Robin Project

This research project investigates the behaviors of one of the most proliferate "urban birds", the American Robin in a rapidly urbanizing area. I use leading techniques to measure noise, light, and landscape along an urban to rural gradient in Weld County, Colorado. I will couple these data with data on bird song characteristics, nesting location, and reproductive output to understand how this species is responding to environmental changes. I am currently gearing up for my third field season to begin in the Spring of 2020. If you would like more information on how you can be involved, click the link below! 

Spotted Towhee song over a 35 year time-period

In collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, we are investigating how bird song in a population of Spotted Towhees has changed over 35 years. We have a data set of recordings from 1970 and 2015 from the same localities near the bay area and Berkeley, California. Stay tuned for results from this project! 

Previous Research Experience


My career in ecological research began at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. There, I studied the bioaccumulation of methyl-mercury from an aquatic environment to a terrestrial environment. In addition to this project, I studied female Northern Mockingbirds singing and singing on their nests. 

After college, I worked as an intern for Rio Tinto Kennecott where I helped to manage the Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve (ISSR) where I conducted a predatory study on several shorebird species (and is where I snapped that awesome picture of the snowy plover to the left!). 

After leaving Rio Tinto, I went on to work with the Utah Division of Wildlife where I helped manage the brineshrimp population on Great Salt Lake as well as participated in several shorebird, waterfowl, and seabird management tasks.