Stef holding a Red-tailed Hawk



Jennifer (Ficken) Buchanan (M.S.) 1983 Parent-offspring conflict in Northern Mockingbirds. Biologist, Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserve, Moss Point, MS.

Trecia Osadchuk Neal (M.S.) 1983 Spatial memory in migratory Savannah Sparrows. Biologist, Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, GA.

Patricia Simm (M.S.) 1984 Foraging behavior of a migratory bird, the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Naval Oceanography. Stennis Space Center. Ocean Springs, MS.

Alicia Mathis (M.S.) 1986 Geomagnetism and the homing orientation of the Box Turtle. Professor and Head, Department of Biology, Southwest Missouri State University.

Diane Loria Rose (M.S.) 1988 Stopover ecology and feeding behavior of migratory Red-eyed Vireos. Physician/Dermatologist, New Orleans, LA.

Amy Jo Kuenzi (M.S.) 1989 Stopover biology of nearctic-neotropical passerine migrants on East Ship Island, Mississippi. Professor and Head, Montana Tech, Butte, MT.

Julie Shieldcastle (M.S.) 1991 Relationship between spring migration and the breeding of Yellow Warblers along the southwestern shore of Lake Erie. Former Director and founder of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Upper Sandusky, OH.

Yong Wang (Ph.D.) 1993 Stopover ecology of spring intercontinental migratory thrushes along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Professor, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL.

Mark Woodrey (Ph.D.) 1995 Stopover behavior and age-specific ecology of neotropical passerine migrant landbirds during autumn along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Research Biologist, Mississippi State University, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Point, MS.

David Aborn (Ph.D.) 1996 Habitat, selection, movement, and activity budjects of neotropical landbird migrants following trans-gulf migration. Associate Professor, Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciece. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chatanooga, TN.

Jill Busby High (M.S.) 1996 Sleep patterns and effect of sleep loss on a migratory bird, the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Consultant, High Consulting, Inc., Gulfport, MS.

Colleen (Dwyer) Heise (M.S.) 1999 Age-related differences in the pre-migratory behavior of Gray Catbirds. Science Faculty, Catawba Valley Community College, North Carolina.

David Cimprich (Ph.D.) 2000 Predation risk and the predator avoidance behavior of migrant birds during stopover. Endangered Species Biologist,Natural and Cultural Resources Branch, Env. Div, USAG Fort Hood, TX.

Chris Szell (M.S.) 2000 Reproductive ecology of the interior population of Least Tern along the lower Mississippi River.  Director of Conservation Project, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Novelty, Ohio.

Stefan Woltmann (M.S.) 2000 Autumn migration behavior and winter distribution of migratory hawks.  Associate Professor. Biology, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN.

Sarah Mabey (Ph.D) 2002 Sex-biased differential migration: An examination of proximate causes and ecological consequences. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Hiram College, Hiram, OH

Jeff Farrington (M.S.) 2003 Habitat use by migratory birds during fall migration at a stopover site in Alabama. High school science teacher, Bourne High School, Bourne, MA.

Jeff Mollenhauer (M.S.) 2003 Effect of arrival fat on song and song-flight performance of male Bluethroats (Luscinia svecica). Former Coordinator, Audubon South Carolina.

Rob Smith (Ph. D.) 2003 Resources and arrival of landbird migrants at northerly breeding grounds: Linking en route with breeding season events. Professor, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.

Mike Guilfoyle (Ph. D.) 2004 Hierarchical relationships of breeding and wintering bird communities to tree-fall canopy gaps in southern bottomland hardwood forests. Wildlife Biologist, Engineer Research Development Center, Vicksburg, MS.

Jennifer Owen (Ph. D.) 2004 Avian immune function and the energetic demands of long-distance migration. Assistant Professor, Department of Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, Lansing, M.

Rachel Bru (M.S.) 2005 Effects of song on spring Zugunruhe in the female Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea. Assistant Professor, Southern Utah University, Cedar Point, UT.

Jeffrey Buler (Ph. D.) 2006. Understanding habitat use by landbirds during migration along the Mississippi Gulf coast using a scale-dependent approach. Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware.

Sarah Wheeless (M.S.) 2006. Use of a dredged material island by landbird migrants: implications for conservation and restoration of stopover habitat. Education Coordinator, Clinton Community Nature Center, Clinton, MS.

Amanda Jo Williams-Newkirk (M.S.). 2007. The role of migration and breeding hormones in the recrudescence of avian pathogens. Emory University and IHRC, Inc. Atlanta, GA.

Rodney Felix (M.S). 2008. Habitat associations of en route migrating songbirds over the southwestern United States as detected by Doppler weather surveillance radar. Biologist, Natural Resources, USAF Eglin AFB. FL.

Jaci Smolinsky (M.S): Migratory behavior and departure decisions in coastal areas. Research Associate. University of Delaware Aeroecology Program.

Zoltán Németh (Ph.D.): Social behavior and information acquisition of migrants during stopover. Assistant Professor. Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary.

Emily Cohen (Ph. D.) 2011. Movement ecology of an intercontinental migratory bird during spring stopover. Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD.

Sheri Glowinski (Ph.D.) 2013. A Bird in the Binoculars: Understanding Birding's Potential to Contribute to Sustainable Development and Biological Conservation. Director, STEM Program. Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.

Emily Lain (M.S.) 2012. Effects of Hurricane Disturbance on the Stopover Ecology of Intercontinental Landbird Migrants in Coastal Louisiana. Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Michael Sellers (M.S.) 2011. Tick infestations and their consequences for migratory songbirds during spring stopover. Instructor and Lab Coordinator. Biological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi.

Jill Gautreaux (LaFleur) (M.S.) 2013. Spring landbird migration along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico: Multi-scaled Investigation of stopover ecology within an urbanized landscape. Photographer, Mandeville, LA.

Will Lewis (M.S.). 2015. Gut microbiota of migratory passerines at stopover. Ph.D. Candidate. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Theodore J. Zenzal, Jr (Ph.D.). 2016. Stopover Ecology of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) during Autumn Migration. Research Ecologist, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA.

Kristen Covino (Ph.D.). 2016. Transition between phase of the annual cycle: spring migration to breeding in Nearctic-Neotropical Songbirds. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Frank with some past students

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