Graduate Student Research Topics

Current Students

Brian Fagundes

Travis Farwell

Travis Farwell

Janelle Chojnacki


Leigh Douglas

Leigh Douglas

Sydney McCluskey

Sydney McCluskey

Steffen Peterson

Rebecca Carniello

Becca Carniello photo

Evelyn Lichwa

Evelyn Lichwa

Sara Moriarty-Graves

Leigh Douglas

Leigh Douglas

Frank Juma Ong'ondo

Frank Juma Ong’ondo standing in front of a tree with binoculars in his hands

Tiana Williams-Claussen

Tiana Williams-Claussen in the field holding a large bird

Samantha Chavez

Samantha Chavez

Jaime Carlino

Jaime Carlino

Laura Echávez

Laura Echávez

Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen holding an owl



Makenzie Henk, 2021

Thesis: Using noninvasive genetic sampling with a Bayesian spatial capture-recapture analysis to estimate abundance of Roosevelt Elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti)
Advisor: Micaela Szykman Gunther

Makenzie Henk


Kachina Rowland , 2020

Thesis:  Female-female competition in Steller’s Jays.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Claire Nasr, 2019

Thesis: Identifying spatial overlap and seasonal variation between human and seabird use along the Trinidad Coast to better predict timing and location of potential disturbance events
Advisor: Daniel Barton

Claire Nasr

Matt Delgado , 2019

Thesis:  Achromatic plumage in Aleutian Cackling Geese.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Elizabeth Morata , 2018

Thesis:  North Coast peregrine falcon ecology.
Advisor: Jeff Black

Genevieve Rozhon , 2018

Thesis:  Habitat selection by wintering rough-legged hawks. 
Advisor: Jeff Black


Kelly Commons , 2017

Thesis:  Steller’s jay social system.
Advisor: Jeff Black

Trinity Tippin , 2017

Thesis:  Steller’s jay vocalizations. 
Advisor: Jeff Black


Alexis Dejoannis, 2016

Thesis: A description of pre-alternate molt in snowy plovers.
Advisor: Mark Colwell


Derek Harvey , 2015

Thesis:  Steller’s jay innovation. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

Brendan Leigh , 2015

Thesis:  American wigeon foraging behavior. 
Advisor: Jeff Black


Bryan Daniels , 2014

Thesis:  Brant foraging behavior
Advisor: Jeff Black


Josh Cocke , 2013

Thesis:  Aleutian goose breeding biology. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

Betsy Elkinton, 2013

Thesis:  Brant foraging behavior. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

Will Goldenberg , 2013

Thesis:  Steller’s jay use of landscape.
Advisor: Jeff Black

Katlin Overeem , 2013

Thesis:  Steller’s jay extra-pair behavior.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Pia Gabriel , 2012

Thesis:  Steller’s jay behavioural syndromes.Technische Universität München, Germany.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Christina Rockwell , 2011

Thesis:  Foraging selectivity in Steller’s jays.
Advisor: Jeff Black

Jen Terry Zalewski , 2011

Thesis:  Environmental stress in River Otter. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

Jeff Zirpoli , 2011

Thesis:  Plumage ornaments and immunocompetence in Steller’s jays. 
Advisor: Jeff Black


Kyle Spragens , 2010

Thesis:  Aleutian goose response to facilitation by livestock grazing regimes in coastal pastures. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

Penny Spiering Becker, 2010

Thesis: The genetics, behaviour and success of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (PhD)
Advisor: Micaela Szykman Gunther


Chris West , 2009

Thesis:  Vigilance in reintroduced California condors: the impact of early-rearing experience. 
Advisor: Jeff Black


Dominic Bachman , 2008

Thesis:  Aleutian goose response to manipulated nutrients in coastal pastures. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

Susannah Ferson , 2008

Thesis:  Response of eelgrass to simulated grazing by black geese.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Emily Bjerre , 2007

Thesis:  Black brant forage optimally for gizzard grit.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Chris Tonra, 2006

Thesis: Hatching Synchrony in Brown-Headed Cowbirds: The influence of host density, chick gender, and habitat.
Advisor: Matthew Johnson

Chris Tonra bio photo


Anne Mini , 2005

Thesis:  Energetic expenditure of Aleutian Canada geese experiencing different management regimes.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Ken Griggs , 2003

Thesis:  Parental investment in Western Canada geese.
Advisor: Jeff Black

Jeff Moore , 2003

Thesis:  Black brant foraging on eelgrass in Humboldt Bay, CA.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Derek Lee , 2002

Thesis:  Spring stopover of black brant geese at Humboldt Bay, CA.
Advisor: Jeff Black


John Quinn , 2000

Thesis:  Relationship between red-breasted geese and peregrine falcons during the breeding season, Oxford University, England.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Friederike Woog , 1999

Thesis:  Dominance and dispersal of Hawaiian geese, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Glynn Young , 1995

Thesis: The systematic position of Meller's Duck: a behavioural approach, University of Kent, England.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Ute Zillich , 1993

Thesis:  Social behaviour of Hawaiian geese, University of Bonn, Germany
Advisor: Jeff Black

Friederike Woog , 1993

Thesis:  Ecology of Hawaiian geese in habitats of Haleakala National Park, Maui, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
Advisor: Jeff Black


Sharmila Choudhury , 1992

Thesis:  Mate choice in barnacle geese, Oxford University.
Advisor: Jeff Black