nutcracker

Department of Zoology and Physiology

Program in Ecology

Evolutionary Biology

Birds of Wyoming

Biodiversity Institute

Contact information:

Office: Berry Center 149
Lab: Biological Sciences 439

Mailing Address:
Department of Zoology & Physiology, 3166
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Office Ph: (307) 766-2978
Lab Ph: (307) 766-4906
Fax: (307) 766-5625
email


Craig W. Benkman

Curriculum vitae

Publications

Current Lab Members

Former Graduate Students

Former Post-docs

 


Current Lab Members

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.

 

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.

 

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Former Graduate Students

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"

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Nevada at Reno


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 San Diego


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 du Québec à Rimouski

 

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

 

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Former Postdocs

Anna Chalfoun

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

 

Eduardo T. Mezquida

2003-2005. Postdoctoral Fellow funded by Spanish Ministry of Education and Science

Current position: Professor Ayudante Doctor, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

 

Pim Edelaar

2002-2003. NWO Talent Fellow from the Netherlands

Current position: Assistant Professor, University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain

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