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Song Sparrow, January 2009, Chaffey's Lock, Ontario




Graduate Students


Mark Conboy

MSc student

Mark Conboy



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617

Interests:
My current research interest concerns spatial overlap between members of the speciose warbler genus Dendroica: What allows so many closely related and morphologically similar species to exist sympatrically? What mechanisms limit hybridization? Does microhabitat preference constrain local overlap between species? Does despotism play a major role in warbler community composition? In addition to birds I have a broad range of natural history interests including Lepidoptera, edible fungi and (catching) salmonids.

Links:
MoSI research in Costa Rica
Asio Adventues tour company
Thunder Cape Bird Observatory
Kingston Field Naturalists







Robert C. Dobbs


Rob Dobbs, Gulf Coast, Louisiana



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617

Interests:
My interests lie in the behavioral and population ecology of long-distance migratory birds, primarily passerines, throughout their annual cycle. Previous and ongoing work, both on the temperate breeding and tropical wintering grounds, has investigated how individuals adjust their foraging behavior in response to factors such as population density, habitat quality, and time-energy constraints. For my PhD research, I will use observational and experimental approaches to ask the question: does food availability limit en route populations of migratory landbirds during autumn stopover on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico? Within this framework, I am taking advantage of hurricane-related habitat disturbance on the Gulf coast to examine migrants’ responses to variation in food availability.

Links:
Yanayacu Natural History Research Group





Stephanie Kim

MSc student

Steph with bike



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 8sk37@queensu.ca

Interests: I'm an MSc candidate at Queen​'s University interested in the comparative analysis of bills between birds living in sympatry versus birds living in allopatry. I completed both my undergraduate and Bachelors of Education degree at Queen's University and am passionate about scientific literacy and education. My first summer as an MSc student involved work at Queen's University Biological Station, where I studied the interactions between closely related bird species, and I'm very interested to see how this field experience will complement my own research project.  







Allyson Parker

MSc student

Allyson and Barred Owl



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 

Interests:

Links:





Elisabeth Purves

MSc student

Liz Purves



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: efpurves@gmail.com

Interests: I am an MSc candidate in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University, interested in improving our understanding of how to conserve wildlife and wild spaces. After previous field work at the Queen’s University Biological Station studying Cerulean Warblers and Whip-poor-wills, I have developed a particular interest in Ontario bird Species at Risk. My MSc project is investigating the role of habitat loss and degradation in Whip-poor-will declines in Ontario.








Vanya Rohwer

MSc and PhD student

Vanya Rohwer



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617

Interests: I’ve brought my interests in the natural world to the study of biology approaching the discipline as both a naturalist and scientist.  I’m interested in the evolution and natural history of plants and animals; my research examines how resource and life-history trade-offs effect the ecology and evolution of birds. 





Undergraduate Students


Krysta Andrews

Honours Thesis Student

Krysta Andrews



Contact: 
email: 5ka4@queensu.ca

Interests: This year I will be studying sympatric species of birds and looking at the character displacement in their songs. I will be comparing a variety of bird families, mainly passerine (perching) birds, including thrushes and wood warblers. Generally speaking, I am interested in the evolution of animal diversity. In particular, I enjoy exploring animal interactions and how their origin, characteristics and development differ across families of species.


Links: 






Nicola Banger

Honours Thesis Student

Nicola Banger



Contact: 
email: 5nab@queensu.ca
Interests: When you think about it, life on Earth is pretty epic. No matter how many different fantastical worlds we read about in books or see in movies, nothing comes close to the breathtaking diversity that exists all around us. The sad fact is, human activity is putting this all in jeopardy, and we are losing species of all taxa every day. My appreciation for and fascination with the natural world has lured me into the fields of ecology and conservation biology where I can gain a deeper understanding of the causes of variation in the distribution and abundance of life, and. For my honours thesis, I am investigating how biotic interactions influence the winter distributions of New World sparrows, and what implications this may have for future management.

Links:







Ross (Rose) Barcarse

Honours Thesis Student

Rose Barcarse



Contact: 
email: 8rdb2@queensu.ca
Interests:  I'm currently finishing my undergrad degree in environmental biology and I have a passion for biodiversity and conservation of the many species around us. I'm especially interested in how organisms utilize their environment because it is in knowing these parameters that we can better understand how organisms and the environment are interlinked. For my thesis project, I seek to know whether a relationship exist between body size and territory size among passerine birds species situated at Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS). After my undergrad studies, I hope to pursue a career in environmental consulting and ecosystem restoration. 

Links:








Emma Bothwell

Honours Thesis Student

Emma, jumping



Contact: 
email: emma.bothwell@gmail.com
Interests:  I love studying evolution, diversity, and species interactions across all ecosystems.  My honours thesis focuses on sympatric evolution in birds and whether or not specific incidents of sympatry result in character displacement.  I also enjoy learning languages, playin' fiddle tunes, and escaping into the great outdoors.

Links:





Chloe Boynton

Honours Thesis Student

Chloe Boynton



Contact: 
email: 9cb9@queensu.ca
Interests: I've always had a love for animals, and really took my passion to the next level when I began volunteering with Orphaned Wildlife (OWL) in highschool. Since then, I have developed a fascination with birds, especially the birds of prey I got to work with at OWL. This is partly how I ended up focusing on the subfamily Buteoninae for my honours thesis. I am specifically looking at if closely related species within this subfamily influence each other's sexual size dimorphism. Outside of school I love to play softball, read, ski, swim and be outdoors.

Links: http://www.globalraptors.org/grin/indexAlt.asp




Tori Brown

Undergraduate student

Tori with turtle



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: tori_brown@hotmail.ca

Interests: I am a research assistant entering my second year at Queen's with a major in Biology. I have spent my first summer with the lab at the Queen's University Biological Station studying the interactions between closely related songbirds with a particular interest in plumage variation in song and swamp sparrows.







Carla Crossman

Honours Thesis Student

Carla Crossman



Contact: 
email: 5cc56@queensu.ca
Interests: Research for my thesis project will focus on nest structure among a variety of bird species; focusing particularly on environmental adaptations between QUBS and Churchill, Manitoba.  More broadly, my interests include the evolution of unique traits in animals and population dynamics – especially how these areas related to conservation. Aside from my academic life, I enjoy a large variety of sports including canoeing, kayaking, soccer and basketball.

Links:






Kevin Burke

Honours thesis student

Kevin Burke



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 12kwb@queensu.ca

Interests: I am a fourth year undergraduate student at Queen's University in the Department of Biology. I have a passion for determining the evolutionary origins of organisms, their anatomical characteristics, and their roles within the surrounding ecosystem. As well as a love for insects and fossils of any kind. My main research interests lie in the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, entomology, and paleontology, with a specific focus on invertebrates.







Dana Drumm

Undergraduate Volunteer

Dana Drumm



Contact: 
email: 5dd17@queensu.ca

Interests: My name is Dana and I am a second year biology major/geography minor. I have various interests, but am particularly interested diversity, evolution, ecology, and biogeography.  I also love animals (I have a dog named Max) and enjoy being outdoors.

Links:

Dana was the 2009 winner of the Kingston Field Naturalists Award for student research at the Queen's University Biological Station - Congratulations Dana!!






Virginia Emery

Postgraduate Assistant

Virginia Emery with Golden-winged Warbler



Contact: 
email: vj.emery@berkeley.edu
Interests: With Laura King, I have been gathering data on Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) populations at QUBS to establish a long-term monitoring protocol. We have banded birds, taken plumage photographs, mapped territories and performed surveys for these birds and closely related Blue-winged Warbler (V. pinus) and their hybrids. I am most interested in speciation aspects of this interesting warbler; I am now pursuing phD studies on speciation and sexual selection in lekking Hawaiian Drosophila.

Links: O'Grady Lab in Berkeley







Cameron Freshwater

Honours Thesis Student

Cam Freshwater



Contact: 
email: ccfreshwater@gmail.com
Interests: My interests as a biologist center on ecology, biogeography and natural history. I'm currently focusing on the dominant/subordinate relationship of closely related bird species and the associated ecological variables that may drive, or result from, this relationship. When not in the lab I enjoy backcountry camping and rock climbing.

Links:





Victoria Giglio

Honours Thesis Student

Tori



Contact: 
email: 8vlg@queensu.ca
Interests: The animal-animal relationships, both intra or inter species, have always interested me. My thesis project will attempt to describe the spatial and possible hybridization relationships of select birds of paradise by analyzing their habitat range and plumage differences. After my undergraduate studies at Queen’s, I hope to attend veterinary college.

Links:



Leah Hayes

Research mentorship student

Leah Hayes



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: leah.hayes@queensu.ca

Interests: I am a fourth year student in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. I am currently enrolled in a research mentorship where I will be focusing on behavioural dominance in resident versus migratory birds. I have always had an interest in ecology and animal behaviour, as well as conservation and am looking forward to learning more as I continue my mentorship.








Sofie Hemprich

Honours thesis student

Sofie at QUBS



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 12svh1@queensu.ca

Interests: I am an undergraduate student entering my fourth year in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. I have always been passionate about natural history and am particularly interested in topics surrounding ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation. Over the course of the coming year I will be doing a comparative study on the leg bone morphology of closely related species of birds, and will try to develop a better understanding of the evolutionary processes that accompany the diversification and speciation of birds around the world.








Mary Heung

Postgraduate Assistant

Mary Heung



Contact: 
email: 4mcsh@queensu.ca
Interests:
My name is Mary Heung and I'm in my fourth year of biology.  I'm very excited for the opportunity to be in this lab. Some of my interests include: birds, animals, behavioural biology, conservation biology and ecology, and of course field biology! I also love dogs and I have a doggy at home named Simba =)

Links:






Josh Jones

Undergraduate student

Josh Jones at QUBS



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 11jdj3@queensu.ca

Interests: I’m a third year Biology/Psychology student volunteering in the lab, looking through literature and observational data to document dominant/subordinate interactions amongst closely related species of birds. As of now, my interests would have to remain in the ‘broad’ category, but I am beginning to become increasingly interested in the behavioural and physiological systems of species, especially in regards to development and defence.








Zach Kahn

Honours thesis student

Zach and turtle



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 1zak1@queensu.ca

Interests: I am an undergraduate student in my 4th year in the department of biology at Queens University. I have been enamored with nature and wildlife since I was a young lad and am primarily interested in ecology and evolutionary biology. Specifically, I am interested in the interactions between closely related species living in sympatry and the ecological consequences of their coexistence. I spent this past summer working at the Queens University Biology Station helping out with ongoing fieldwork, brushing up on my natural history, and collecting data for my own project. I am looking at the ecological consequences of coexistence in song and swamp sparrows, specifically related to nest microhabitat choice and fitness. It will be interesting to see if there is evidence for costs associated with these closely related-species living together, particularly because of their asymmetrical relationship.








Laura King

Postgraduate Assistant

Laura King



Contact: 
email: 4LEK@queensu.ca 

Interests: My research at QUBS focuses on the Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), a threatened early successional species. While multiple ideas have been hypothesized to explain declines, it is still unclear which factors play the most important roles in this species. To address this, Virginia Emery and I are exploring plumage differences, population demographics, habitat composition, and hybridization with the congeneric Blue-winged warbler (V. pinus). I am most interested in conservation genetics and phylogeography, especially of Neotropical birds and anurans.

Links:

Golden-winged Warbler (from the National Audubon Society)

Lougheed Laboratory at Queen's






James Law

Honours Thesis Student

James Law



Contact: 
email: 4sl49@queensu.ca

Interests: I am particularly interested in how animal adaptations affect intraspecific competition, cooperation and communication; and how changes in these traits can affect a species’ ability to adapt to human-induced environmental stresses. Additionally, I am interested in how research in these areas can be effectively used in creating conservation and wildlife policies. Currently, I am assisting in a study of Yellow Warbler nest morphologies and will be raising warbler nestlings. By aiding in this research, I am excited to learn how studies as such can be used to understand the natural history and adaptations of a species. 

Links:

SARA: Canada's Strategy for Protecting and Recovering Species

Left off the List (Species still not protected under SARA)







Kiera Liblik

Undergraduate student

Kiera with trees



Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 14kl3@queensu.ca

Interests: I am a second year Life Sciences (SSP) student doing my BIO 538 project on the prevalence of carrion beetle species at the Queen’s University Biological Station. I am primarily interested in how species diversity is dependent on habitat type and time of year. My major interests are ethnoentomology and cardiology.







Drew Moore

Honours Thesis Student

Drew Moore



Contact: 
email: 6sdm@queensu.ca

Interests:  

Links:










Hannah Munro

Undergraduate Student

Hannah Munro



Contact: 
email: 4hjm3@queensu.ca

Interests:
My interests are diverse, they stem from environment and the effect that it plays on species. I am interested in climate change and the effects that it plays on species in the extreme environment of the arctic. I am also interested in seeing how elevation environment changes host-parasite interactions. 

Links:

International Polar Year

IPY Youth Steering Committee






Allison Patrick

Honours Thesis Student

Allison Patrick



Contact: 
email: 5amkp@queensu.ca

Interests: This summer at QUBS I am studying the natural history and behaviour of yellow warblers (Dendroica petechia). I am interested in evolutionary ecology and conservation biology. I enjoy doing field work and spending time outdoors in nature. I like downhill skiing, ultimate Frisbee and watercolour painting. 

Links:







Elisabeth Purves

Honours Thesis Student

Liz Purves



Contact: 
email: 7efp@queensu.ca
Interests: My academic interests are focused on the ecological side of biology, but I am also very interested in physical geography. I am incredibly lucky to have studied the population of Cerulean warblers at the Queen’s University Biological Station. This research will help me investigate whether there is a correlation between the amount of tail white and body condition in male Cerulean warblers for my honours thesis.  Other than catching and banding birds, I enjoy camping, canoeing and playing soccer.

Links:









Melanie Schriber

Undergraduate Volunteer

Melanie Schriber



Contact: 
email: 5ms12@queensu.ca

Interests: My name is Melanie and I am a 3rd year biology major.  I am interested in evolutionary biology, specifically mate choice and sexual selection.  I like ecology and enjoy being outside engaging in various outdoor activities such as sailing and hiking.

Links:





Jillian Wettlaufer

Honours thesis student

Jill and Tree Swallow

Contact: Department of Biology, Queen’s University,
Biosciences Complex, 4320
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
phone: +001-613-533-6000 ext. 77334
fax: +001-613-533-6617
email: 12jw73@queensu.ca

Interests: I am an undergraduate student entering my fourth year in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. I spent my first summer with the lab collecting density and abundance data on carrion beetles at the Queen’s University Biology Station and will continue studying carrion beetles for my Honours thesis. My research interests are very broad, including conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, and environmental management.






George Stirrett-Wood

Honours Thesis Student

George Stirrett-Wood



Contact: 
email: 5gs5@queensu.ca

Interests: Since emerging from the womb I have had a keen interest in nature. My very first word was not “mama” or “daddy” but “duck”. I have been privileged in having birded for many years in such great places as Jasper National Park, Algonquin Provincial Park and Killarney National Park. I now bring my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to this lab to continue appreciating nature as well as contribute to the scientific endeavour of understanding the biological world. My upcoming research involves exploring the nature of interspecific interactions between the Cerulean and Black-throated Green Warbler. I also have a particular fondness of chickens.
Links:






Jayninn Yue

Undergraduate Assistant

Jayninn Yue



Contact: 
email: 6jy2@queensu.ca

Interests:
I am a second year Biology Major, who is very excited to be a part of the Martin lab!  Interested in conservation biology and diversity, I also greatly enjoy spending time in the outdoors. Some of my pasttimes include horseback-riding, swimming, reading, scrapbooking, sketching, and camping. I also love working with animals.

Links:








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