Former Graduate Students:


Christina Caruso, 1993 to 1999. “Effect of competition for pollination on the ecology and evolution of a hummingbird-pollinated plant, Ipomopsis aggregata.”  Currently an Associate Professor at Guelph University.

Nicole Davros, 2006 to 2014. “Density Dependence and the Reproductive Ecology of Prothonotary Warblers.” Currently a Research Biologist with Minnesota DNR.

Jeff Foster, 2000 to 2006. “Population ecology of invasive birds in Hawaii.”  Currenty an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University.

Bethany Krebs, 2009 to 2014 “Eco-epidemiology, American Robins, and the spatial distribution of West Nile Virus.” Currently a staff scientist at the San Francisco Zoo.

Laura Lee, 1992 to 1998. “Environmental effects on the reproductive ecology of a passerine bird.” Currently an Emeritus Associate Professor in University of Wisconsin College System; Marshfield Campus.

Kira Long, 2016 to 2023. “Ecology of natural and sexual selection in the genus Manacus.”  Currently a postdoc at University of Idaho.

Karin Pfennig, 1992 to 1999. “Evolution of mate choice in spadefoot toads.” Currently a Professor at University of North Carolina.

Henry Pollock, 2010 – 2016. “Comparative ecophysiology of tropical and temperate-zone birds.” Currently the Executive Director, Southern Plains Land Trust.

W. Douglas Robinson, 1993 to 1998. “Community structure, nesting success and isolation effects in a tropical forest bird community.” Currently a Professor at Oregon State University.

Scott Schlossberg, 2001 to 2006. “Population and communty ecology of birds in southwest juniper woodlands.   Unknown.

Jennifer Nesbitt Styrsky, 1995 to 2002.  “Demography and evolution of clutch size in the Spotted Antbird.”  Currently at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA.

Corey Tarwater, MS and PhD, 2002 to 2010 (M.S. received, 2006), “Parental care, brood division, and dispersal in the Slaty Antshrike.” Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming.

Sunshine Van Bael, 1998 to 2002 . “Experimental analyses of tri-trophic interactions in tropical forests.” Currently a Professor at Tulane University.

Barry Williams, 1996 to 2001. “The evolutionary history and conservation of Speyeria idalia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).” Former Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.


John Andrews, 2010 to 2013. “Public information and habitat selection in grassland birds.” Currently employed with the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago).

Doug Barron, 2007 to 2009.  “Effects of military training on avian reproduction and behavior.” Received PhD from Washington State University, currently an Associate Professor at Arkansas Sate University.

Steven Buck, 1994-1999. “Quantification of spent lead shot at two state managed dove hunting sites.” Retired, former Natural Areas Coordinator for UIUC.

Aaron Gabbe, 1996-1998. “Tree species selection by insectivorous songbirds in restored bottomland forests.” Received PhD in Environmental Sciences at University of California at Santa Cruz, currently employed as environmental consultant.

Sarah Hartung, 1995-1997. “Effects of habitat structure and tree species on the foraging behavior of insectivorous songbirds in midwestern open-canopy and closed-canopy forests.” Currently employed as an environmental consultant in Portland, OR.

Todd Jones, 2014-2016. “Carryover effects in migratory birds and survival during the post-fledging period.” Received PhD at the University of Illinois in 2021, currently a postdoc at Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center.

Teresa Kissane Johnston, 2006 to 2009. “Methods to reduce avian abundances at airports.”  Received PhD in Veterinary Biosciences at University of Illinois, currently an Instructor and Loylola University Chicago.

Elizabeth Loebach Whetsell, 1995-1998. “An ecotoxicological study of songbirds in Illinois agroecosystems.”  Whereabouts unknown.

Scott Loss, 2005-2007.  “The ecology of birds and West Nile Virus in Chicago.”  Received PhD from University of Minnesota in 2011; currently an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University.

Courtney McCusker, 2005-2008. “Invasive shrubs and the ecology of birds in winter.” Currently employed with USDA ARS, Wooster, Ohio.

Elise Nishikawa, 2014-2019. “Seasonal drought and the population biology of tropical insectivores.” Currently employed with City of Houston Public Health.

Matthew Richardson, 2003-2006. “Ecology of disturbance and avian nest predators.”  Received PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Illinois, currently on faculty of University of District of Columbia.

Evalynn Trumbo, 2016-2019. “Ecology of post-fledging Golden-cheeked Warblers.”  Currently employed at Wichita State University.

Kelly Van Beek, 2012-2013. “Effects of alternative tillage practices on grassland bird populations.” Currently employed as a wildlife biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.