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Graduate Students


Rebecca Bryan, MS 2012

Rebecca Bryan, MS (2010-2012)

Thesis: Intraspecific and interspecific communication on prairie dog colonies: black tailed prairie dogs and burrowing owls

Rebecca’s thesis research established that inter-specific communication occurs on prairie dog colonies. Burrowing owls use prairie dog alarm calls to identify potential nest predators.

Lab Publications:

  1. Bryan, R.D. and M.B. Wunder (2014) Western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) eavesdrop on alarm calls of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). Ethology 120:180-188

Currently employed as affiliated faculty of biology, Metro State University


Andy Doll, MS 2013

Andy Doll, MS (2010-2013)

Thesis: Tracking spatiotemporal movements of dunlin (Calidris alpina articola) migration through stable isotope analysis

Andy’s thesis research demonstrated that stable isotopes in blood can be used to estimate arrival dates for migratory dunlin that breed in the arctic and spend the winters winter in southeastern Asia. He also participated in laboratory research that used stable isotopes in whiskers of Stellar sea lion pups to determine geographic differences in adult diets.

Lab Publications:

  1. Doll, A.C., R.B. Lanctot, C.A. Stricker, S. Yezerinac, and M.B. Wunder (2015) Improved arrival date estimates of arctic-breeding Dunlin (Calidris alpine arcticola). The Auk 132:408-421
  2. Stricker, C.A., A.M. Christ, M.B. Wunder, A.C. Doll, S.D. Farley, L.D. Rea, D.A.S. Rosen, R.D. Scherer, and D.J. Tollit (2015) Carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination for Stellars’ sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) vibrissae relative to milk and fish/invertebrate diets. Marine Ecology Progress Series 523:255-266
  3. Scherer, R.D., Doll, A.C., Rea, L.D., Christ, A.M., Stricker, C.A., Witteveen, B., Kline, T.C., Kurle, C.M., and M.B. Wunder (2015) Stable isotope values in pup vibrissae reveal geographic variation in diets of gestating Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 527:261-274

Currently employed as ornithology fellow, Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Chelsea Beebe, MS 2014

Chelsea Beebe, MS (2011-2014)

Thesis: An Ecological Study of Perognathus fasciatus

Chelsea’s thesis research provided baseline ecological information on the Olive-backed pocket mouse (Perognathus faasciatus).  She estimated population density using a distance sampling trapping web and individual home ranges using radio transmitters.  She also completed a GIS certificate through the Geography Department and utilized GIS technology to assess the vegetation composition in high use areas within home ranges.

Lab Publications:

Currently employed as biologist, Boulder County Parks and Open Space


Colin Woolley, MS (2013-2016)

Thesis: Mountain Plover Breeding Ecology: Home-Range Size, Habitat Use, and Nest Survival in an Agricultural Landscape

Colin’s thesis research demonstrated that mountain plovers nesting on crop lands rarely use other habitats during the nesting stage. He documented disproportionate use of fallow fields within the cropland habitat. Nests were marked so that farmers could drive around them when preparing fields for planting, so nest loss was primarily from predation or abandonment. Nest survival rates in this habitat were similar to those published from other parts of the species range, where plovers use native habitats for nesting.

Lab Publications:

  1. Woolley, C.A., M.B. Wunder, and A.M. Dwyer (2016) Home range and habitat use of mountain plover during nest incubation. Wilson Journal of Ornithology In Review

Currently employed as biologist, Point Blue

PostDocs


hayesDr. Mark Hayes (2012-2013)

Project: Bats and wind energy

Dr. Hayes’ research provided models for the seasonal distribution of hoary bat in North America. These models were used to understand how bat movement dynamics potentially interact with wind turbine operations. The findings can be used for conservation planning aimed at a plan for energy production that minimizes potential for bat mortality.

Lab Publications:

  1. Hayes, M.A., K. Ozenberger, P.M. Cryan, and M.B. Wunder (2015) Not to put too fine a point on it – does increasing precision of geographic referencing improve species distribution models for a wide-ranging migratory bat? Acta Chiropterologica 17(1): 159–169
  2. Hayes, M.A., P.M. Cryan, and M.B. Wunder (2015) Seasonally-Dynamic Presence-Only Species Distribution Models for a Cryptic Migratory Bat Impacted by Wind Energy Development. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132599. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132599

Currently employed as ecologist, USGS Fort Science Center’s Invasive Species Science Branch


Dr. Rick Scherer (2011-2012)

Project: Diets of Stellar sea lions

Dr. Scherer’s research used stable isotopes in whiskers of Stellar sea lion pups to provide estimates of the geographic variation in adult Stellar sea lion diets.

Lab Publications:

  1. Scherer, R.D., A.C. Doll, L.D. Rea, A.M. Christ, C.A. Stricker, B. Witteveen, T.C. Kline, C.M. Kurle, and M.B. Wunder (2015) Stable isotope values in pup vibrissae reveal geographic variation in diets of gestating Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 527:261-274
  2. Stricker, C.A., A.M. Christ, M.B. Wunder, A.C. Doll, S.D. Farley, L.D. Rea, D.A.S. Rosen, R.D. Scherer, and D.J. Tollit (2015) Carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination for Stellars’ sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) vibrissae relative to milk and fish/invertebrate diets. Marine Ecology Progress Series 523:255-266

Currently employed as conservation scientist, Conservation Science Partners and as a postdoc, Noon Lab


Dr. Hannah Vander Zanden (2013-2015)

Project: Geospatial analysis of stable isotope data in migratory animal systems

Dr. Vander Zanden’s research explored and expanded the application of models for using stable isotope chemistry of organic tissues to determine previous geographic movements of migratory animals. The findings can be used for basic research, forensics, and conservation planning.

Lab Publications:

 

  1. Vander Zanden, H.B., M.B. Wunder, K.A. Hobson, S.L. Van Wilgenburg, L.I. Wassenaar, J.M. Welker (2014) Contrasting assignment of migratory organisms to geographic origins using long-term versus year-specific precipitation isotope maps. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5:891-900
  2. Vander Zanden, H. B., A.D. Tucker, K.M. Hart, M.M. Lamont, I. Fujisaki, D.S. Addison, K.L. Mansfield, K.F. Phillips, M.B. Wunder, G.J. Bowen, M. Pajuelo, A.B. Bolten, K.A. Bjorndahl (2015) Determining foraging area origin in a migratory marine vertebrate by integrating stable isotope analysis and satellite tracking: a novel approach. Ecological Applications 25:320-335
  3. Vander Zanden, H.B., M.B. Wunder, K.A. Hobson, S.L. Van Wilgenburg, L.I. Wassenaar, J.M. Welker (2015) Space-time tradeoffs in the development of precipitation-based isotope models for determining migratory origin. Journal of Avian Biology 46(6): 658-667

Currently employed as PostDoc, USGS; starting faculty appointment at University of Florida fall 2017