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.) Spatial memory in migratory Savannah Sparrows. Teacher, Science & Math School, DeKalb County, GA.

Patricia Simm (M.S.) 1984 Foraging behavior of a migratory bird, the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ph.D., candidate, Institute of Marine Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, 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, New Orleans, LA.

Amy Jo Kuenzi (M.S.) 1989 Stopover biology of nearctic-neotropical passerine migrants on East Ship Island, Mississippi. Associate Professor, 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. Director, 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 Coordinator/Research Biologist, Mississippi State University, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Point, MS.
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David Aborn (Ph.D.) 1996 Habitat, selection, movement, and activity budjects of neotropical landbird migrants following trans-gulf migration. Associate Professor, 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. Adjunct instructor, North Carolina Central University, Raleigh, NC.

David Cimprich (Ph.D.) 2000 Predation risk and the predator avoidance behavior of migrant birds during stopover. Coordinator of Black-capped VireoProject, Texas Nature Conservancy, Ft. Hood, TX.

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

Stefan Woltmann (M.S.) 2000 Autumn migration behavior and winter distribution of migratory hawks.  Ph. D. candidate, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

Sarah Mabey (Ph.D) 2002 Sex-biased differential migration: An examination of proximate causes and ecological consequences. Assistant Professor, 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 teacher, Cape Cod, MA.

Jeff Mollenhauer (M.S.) 2003 Effect of arrival fat on song and song-flight performance of male Bluethroats (Luscinia svecica). Bird Conservation 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. Associate 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, Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS.

Jen 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. Doctoral student. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Jeffrey Buler (Ph. D.) 2006. Understanding habitat use by landbirds during migration along the Mississippi Gulf coast using a scale-dependent approach. Research Associate, Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA, and 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. Ph. D. student, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.

Amanda Jo Williams (M.S.). 2007. The role of migration and breeding hormones in the recrudescence of avian pathogens. Doctoral student, Emory University.

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 with the Florida Field Station of the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC), Avon Park, Florida

Jaci Smolinsky
(M.S. Student; BA Geography SUNY @ Albany): Migratory behavior and departure decisions in coastal areas.

Zoltan Nemeth
(Ph.D. student; M.S., Budapest University of Technology and Economics, M.Sc., University of Debrecen): Social behavior and information acquisition of migrants during stopover. Post-doctoral researcher, University of California Davis.

Emily Cohen (Ph. D.) 2011. Movement ecology of an intercontinental migratory bird during spring stopover. Postdoctoral Fellow. Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Washington, DC

Sheri Glowinski Matamoros (Ph.D.) 2013. A Bird in the Binoculars: Understanding Birding's Potential to Contribute to Sustainable Development and Biological Conservation. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Emily Lain (M.S.) 2012. Effects of Hurricane Disturbance on the Stopover Ecology of Intercontinental Landbird Migrants in Coastal Louisiana. Biology Instructor (online). Pennsylvania State University.

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

All artwork on the website is by Michelle Davis, an ornithological illustrator and past chief bander for many of our projects.

Frank with some past students



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