OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Meet the Lab Group

Current Members

Jim Rivers
Principal Investigator

Jim received his B.S. at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) where he studied song variation in Hermit Thrush song for his honors thesis. Shortly thereafter he worked in north-central Argentina before moving to Kansas State University to conduct M.S. work looking at avian use of wetlands within agricultural settings. From there, he headed to the University of California, Santa Barbara for a Ph.D. studying begging behavior in the brood-parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird.

A core component of his research program at Oregon State University is centered on understanding the behavioral, physiological and ecological mechanisms that are linked to animal vital rates. Members of his lab group work on a variety of organisms, including forest-nesting seabirds, woodpeckers, early-successional songbirds, and native insect pollinators, and much of the research they undertake has implications for applied management issues.  [CV]  [GoogleScholar]  [ResearchGate]

Jenn Bailey Guerrero
Program Manager

Jenn earned her B.S. from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, where her research focused on molecular ecology of zooplankton in the Bering Sea. Following her graduate work, shespent several years studying avian nesting behavior in a variety of habitats, from the Peruvian rainforest to the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest. Jenn specialized in public outreach working as a science communicator in the Peace Corps and for the National Pesticide Information Center and is currently working on the Marbled Murrelet Breeding Ecology Project.

Lindsay Adrean
Faculty Research Assitant

Lindsay received her B.S. from James Madison University and her M.S. in wildlife science from Oregon State University where her research focused on Caspian Tern predation of juvenile salmonids in San Francisco Bay. She then spent several years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife working on avian predation issues and implementing the Oregon Conservation Strategy. Most recently, she completed a research fellowship studying waterbirds along the coast of Sonora, Mexico. Lindsay is currently participating in a study of Marbled Murrelet nesting ecology in coastal Oregon forests.

Sara Galbraith
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sara earned a B.A. in biology from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Idaho and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. Her research is focused on understanding variables that impact native and managed bee populations worldwide. As a doctoral student, Sara studied the impact of land use change on native and managed bees in northwestern Costa Rica as an NSF IGERT and USAID Borlaug fellow. Her current work examines the impact of wildfire intensity and post-fire management on native bees and pollination services in Oregon.  [Sara's website]

Marie-Sophie Garcia-Heras
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Marie-Sophie received her B.S. at the University Aix-Marseille (France) and followed this up with a MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity Management. She conducted her master’s research at the Biological Station of Doñana (Spain) where she investigated the overall effects of the supplementary feeding station in the breeding population of the Canarian Egyptian Vulture. From there, she headed to the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) for a PhD, where she studied Black Harriers, an endangered bird of prey endemic to southern Africa. The main goal of her research was to develop an overall comprehension of how various environmental factors may affect the breeding and health of this scarce bird of prey, at both population and individual levels. She also used an eco-toxicological and eco-physiological approach to assess environmental contamination on adults and nestlings. Currently, Marie-Sophie is focusing on space use, spatial movements and breeding ecology of the Marbled Murrelet.

Rachel Zitomer
M.S. Student

Rachel earned her B.S. from Humboldt State University and has worked in diverse areas of biology over the past several years. Past projects have included research on the behavioral ecology of seed parasites, the population genetics of five-needle pines, and the restoration of endangered Willamette Valley ecosystems. Her greatest interests are plant-insect ecology and applied conservation research. She is broadly interested in how land management practices affect native pollinator and plant communities and will focus on some aspect of this question in her thesis research.

Nicole Bell
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole is an undergraduate at OSU studying environmental sciences, and I am in the lab working on her honors thesis that is focused on how wildfire severity influence pollen collection by blue orchard bees.

Kendra Del Toro
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kendra is an undergraduate at OSU majoring in ecology and specializing in entomomogy. Her past research involves honeybee nutrition with the Sagili lab, and ground beetle sperm conjugation with the Maddison lab. She loves bugs, loves research, and recently received a URSA Engage award to pursue an independent project focused on how wildfire severity is linked to offspring production and survival of blue orchard bees.

 

Lab Alumni

Joe Northrup
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Joe is a conservation biologist broadly interested in how human activities affect wildlife behavior and populations. Much of his research focuses on the spatial ecology and movement of wildlife and he attempts to combine contemporary statistical techniques with ecological theory to better understand the drivers and consequences of space-use and movement patterns. Joe is most interested in conducting research that informs natural resource management and can be used in mitigation planning.  [Joe's website]  [GoogleScholar]

Cheryl Horton
Faculty Research Assistant

Cheryl earned her B.S. in natural resources from Cornell University and an M.S. in wildlife science from Oregon State University. Her graduate research in the OSU Seabird Oceanography Lab addressed top-down impacts on colonial nesting seabirds over a range of spatio-temporal scales in Oregon. She spent several years working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, most recently at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge studying Federally threatened piping plover and rufa red knots. She is currently working on the Marbled Murrelet Breeding Ecology Project.   [ResearchGate]   [Seabirds.net]

Janel Lajoie
M.S. Student

Janel earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Oregon University and studied Black-backed Woodpecker habitat use in Crater Lake National Park. For her thesis she is conducting an experiment to assess the extent to which individuals undergoing energetic challenges make use of supplemental food and evaluate how individual social networks change after a subset of individuals undergo such a challenge.

Amy Barry
M.S. Student

Amy completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Oregon State Univeristy and began traveling and exploring many areas of biology. After stints working in Nebraska, Hawaii, California, and Oregon, she settled in at OSU to pursue her passion in avian conservation and research. Her thesis work assessed long-term changes in the characterictics of experimentally-created snags and the bird communities which depend on these resources for foraging and nesting substrates.

Kristin Jones
M.S. Student

Kristin received her B.S. in the honor’s program at Washington State University in wildlife ecology with a minor in French language. Her training is in both the human dimensions of natural resource science and wildlife ecology. She is broadly interested in the effects of anthropogenic land use and management on terrestrial ecosystem ecology. More specifically, she is interested in the climate- and resource-mediated effects of vegetation on the population dynamics of wildlife (especially avian species). Her thesis work examined the effects of intensive forest management practices on air temperature and the reproductive success of the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), a cavity-nesting songbird, in early-successional forests.

Braelei Hardt
University Honors College Student

Braelei obtained her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at OSU while focusing on avian research and statistical methods. Her Honors College thesis explored the physiological and behavioral aspects of stress in Tachycineta swallows. She is also interested in applied avian evolutionary ecology, ecosystem services, and conservation physiology.

 

Codey Mathis
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Codey has been involved in the lab on wide range of projects during her time as a student at OSU, many of which were focused on the behavioral and physiological response of co-occuring Tachycineta swallows. More recently, she has headed up a crew that investigated how bee communities are impacted by bioful harvest treatment in regenerating forests of the western Cascades.

Niels Garlick
Undergraduate Research Assistant

The work that Niels has done in the lab during his undergraduate tenure at OSU is quite diverse. On the avian side of things he headed up a study of habituation in swallows and helped to quantify the demographic response of sparrows to intensive forest management practices in the Oregon Coast Range. In addition, he has helped to quantify bee response to biofuel treatments in regenerating forests. He is currently working on his M.S. at the University of Idaho and examining the effects of juniper removal on avian and mammal communities in a sagebrush steppe habitat.

Gretchen Newberry
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gretchen was an undergraduate at OSU and got involved in the lab for several summers working on a range of Tachycineta swallow projects, including co-leading a study that compared nestling diet between Tree and Violet-green Swallows. Since leaving OSU she has expanded her interest in aerial insectivores by undertaking dissertation research at the University of South Dakota that is focused on nesting biology and heat stress of the Common Nighthawk.   [Gretchen's website]