Nathan Behl, MS student
I am primarily interested in the interaction of habitats and population dynamics. In particular, I am interested in examining how forest characteristics and structure affect the abundance, density, and distribution of Red Crossbills in the South Hills and Albion Mountains of southern Idaho. My interest is driven by a passion for conservation and ensuring responsible land management by better understanding the relationship between species and the habitats they rely on.
Anna Parker, MS student
I am interested in ecology and evolution of trophic interactions. I am currently focusing on whether the evolution of elevated seed defenses in lodgepole pine can simultaneously alter the occurrence of a key life history trait, serotiny (retention of seeds in the cones until a stand-replacing fire), in this pine. Past research indicates that red squirrels exert strong selection that favors increased seed defenses and disfavors serotiny. However, the extent to which the evolution of enhanced seed defenses alters selection against serotiny is unknown.
Cody Porter, PhD student
I am interested in speciation, especially the evolution of reproductive isolation in incipient species, where the processes directly giving rise to divergence are best studied. At present, I am developing a research project to evaluate the role that variation in resource availability plays in driving reproductive isolation between Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra complex) call types. I am a passionate proponent of the importance of natural history in evolutionary biology. Indeed, my current fascination (obsession might be more appropriate) with crossbills stems from their unique and well-characterized natural history.
Sabrina West, MS student
I am using population viability analyses to evaluate the future prospects of the South Hills crossbill.
Beth Bardwell, MS, 2000
Thesis: "Feeding performance of Western Scrub Jays on pinyon pine cones and acorns: is geographic variation in bill structure adaptive?"
Current position: Director of Freshwater Conservation, Audubon New Mexico
Chris Borg, MS, 2001
Thesis: "Impacts of timber harvest on the endemic Sacramento Mountain salamander, Aneides hardii (Caudata: Plethodontidae), in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, USA"
Current position: Land Protection Specialist, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Kim Coffey, MS, 1997
Thesis: "The adaptive significance of spines on pine cones"
Amanda Favis, MS, 2002
Thesis: "Patterns of seed predation by crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) and red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and the geographic selection mosaic"
Current position: Director, Ruidoso Animal Clinic, New Mexico
Trevor Fetz, PhD, 2010
Thesis: "The ecology and conservation of a small endemic population of Red Crossbill"
Current position: Lead Avian Biologist, Hawks Aloft, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico
Julie Hart, MS, 2013
Thesis: "Are South Hills crossbills declining with increasing temperatures?"
William Holimon, MS, 1996
Thesis: "Spatio-temporal patterns of Red Crossbills and conifer cones in southeast Alaska"
Current position: Chief of Research & Inventory, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Patrick Keenan, MS, 2007
Thesis: "Call learning and call variation in Red Crossbills"
Current position: Outreach Director, Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine
Thomas Parchman, MS, 2002; PhD, 2007
Thesis: "Diversifying coevolution between crossbills and black spruce on Newfoundland"
Dissertation: "Patterns of genetic variation and coevolution in the diversification of crossbills"
Joy Sales, MS, 2004
Thesis: "Does selection by an ectoparasite drive a population of Red Crossbills from their adaptive peak?"
Leonard Santisteban, PhD, 2010
Dissertation: "Temporal variation in population dynamics, natural selection, and reproductive isolation in the South Hills crossbill (Fringillidae: Loxia)"
Adam Siepielski, MS, 2002; PhD, 2007
Thesis: A role for island area in the geographic mosaic of coevolution for Red Crossbills and lodgepole pine"
Dissertation: "The ecology and evolution of seed dispersal mutualisms between nutcrackers and pine"
Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Julie Smith, MS, 1997; PhD, 2005
Thesis: "The adaptive use of public information by foraging Red Crossbills"
Dissertation: "The role of coevolution in promoting ecological speciation in Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra complex)"
Current position: Associate Professor, Pacific Lutheran University
Lisa Snowberg, MS, 2006
Thesis: "Mate choice preferences of female red crossbills (Loxia curvirostra complex): the importance of vocalizations and foraging rates"
Current position: PhD student, University of Texas, Austin
John Stanek, MS, 2009
Thesis: "Breeding habitat selection by rosy-finches in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado"
Current position: Wildlife Biologist, Southern Sierra Research Station
Matt Talluto, PhD, 2013
Dissertation: "The evolution of landscape structure: Eco-evolutionary dynamics drive spatial variation in serotiny in lodgepole pine"
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble,
Lauren Throop, MS, 2011
Thesis: "Evidence for Allee effects? How variation in local limber pine (Pinus flexilis) density influences seed dispersal by the Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)"
Current position: Wildlife Biologist/Project Manager, Hayden-Wing Associates
2007-2008. Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the National Park Service
Current position: Assistant Professor/Assistant Unit Leader, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, University of Wyoming
2003-2005. Postdoctoral Fellow funded by Spanish Ministry of Education and Science
Current position: Professor Ayudante Doctor, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
2002-2003. NWO Talent Fellow from the Netherlands
Current position: Assistant Professor, University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain