Graduate Student Research Topics

Current Students

Claire Nasr

Claire Nasr

Matt Delgado

Brian Fagundes

Kachina Rowland

Travis Farwell

Travis Farwell

Leigh Douglas

Leigh Douglas

Janelle Chojnacki

Janelle

Chad Moura

Chad Moura

Sydney McCluskey

Sydney McCluskey

Steffen Peterson

Rebecca Carniello

Becca Carniello photo

Evelyn Lichwa

Evelyn Lichwa

Leigh Douglas

Leigh Douglas

Makenzie Henk

Makenzie Henk

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

Deven Kammerichs-Berke

Deven Kammerichs-Berke - holding a small bird

Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen holding an owl

Graduated

2020

Adam Mohr, 2020

Thesis: Spatial ecology for two subspecies of elk in California
Advisor: William "Tim" Bean

2019

Molly Parren, 2019

Thesis: Drought and Coyotes Mediate the Relationship Between Mesopredators and Human Disturbance in California
Advisor: Barbara Clucas

Molly Parren

Trinity Smith, 2019

Thesis: Elucidating Patterns of Bat Species Occupancy Across a Disturbed Landscape in California’s Central Valley
Advisor: Barbara Clucas

Trinity Smith

Brooks Estes, 2019

Thesis: Farmer perceptions of barn owls as part of integrated pest management in vineyard ecosystems.
Advisor: Matthew Johnson

Brooks Estes smiling with a horse

2018

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

Xerónimo Castañeda, 2018

Thesis: Quantifying habitat use by barn owls foraging in vineyards versus adjacent habitats.
Advisor: Matthew Johnson

Xerónimo Castañeda - Holding a bird in the forest

2017

Kelly Commons , 2017

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

Trinity Tippin , 2017

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

2016

Alexis Dejoannis, 2016

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

2015

Derek Harvey , 2015

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

Brendan Leigh , 2015

Thesis:  American wigeon foraging behavior. 
Advisor: Jeff Black

2014

Bryan Daniels , 2014

Thesis:  Brant foraging behavior
Advisor: Jeff Black

2013

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

2012

Pia Gabriel , 2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

Chris West , 2009

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

2008

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

2007

Emily Bjerre , 2007

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

2006

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

2005

Anne Mini , 2005

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

2003

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

2002

Derek Lee , 2002

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

2000

John Quinn , 2000

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

1999

Friederike Woog , 1999

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

1995

Glynn Young , 1995

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

1993

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

1992

Sharmila Choudhury , 1992

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