Lab group 2015-2016 featuring snazzy new hats.Lab group 2015-2016 featuring snazzy new hats.
  • David Bonter

    As the Arthur A. Allen Director of Citizen Science at the Lab of Ornithology and a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University, David is in the fortunate position of engaging the public in research focused on birds and encouraging the development and scientific explorations of a growing cohort of bright undergraduate students.

  • James Purcell

    Cornell Class of 2018

    A long-time lab member, James has studied birds in Australia and South America during his time at Cornell. He’s currently working on his senior thesis–focused on yellow warblers and their nests–under the direction of Vanya Rowher at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates.

  • Anita Tendler

    Cornell Class of 2019

    Anita brings a Brooklyn swagger to the group and has been an instrumental part of our outreach to the NestWatch community thanks to funding from Engaged Cornell. She is exploring research ideas related to urbanization and birds and hopes to conduct research in NY City parks.

  • Facundo Fernandez-Duque

    Cornell Class of 2018

    Facundo has already studied gulls and swallows on Appledore Island, Maine and fairy-wrens in Australia. He’s a skilled bird bander always looking for an excuse to study birds.

  • Sarah Dzielski

    Class of 2017

    Sarah has traveled the globe studying birds in Panama, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Australia and already has two scientific publications. For her senior thesis, she is working with Vanya Rowher and Lilly Twinning to study mercury contamination in historic and contemporary bird specimens.

  • Odile Maurelli

    Cornell Class of 2017

    Odile’s thesis is exploring potential reasons for differential survival between male and female herring gulls. Specifically, she’s focusing on spatial segregation during the non-breeding season. This work has developed Odile’s skills for DNA extraction and she’s currently the reigning lab champion at pipetting.

  • Max Witynski

    Cornell Class of 2017

    Max is an experienced birder and bander who has studied Yellow Warblers in Wisconsin and Maine as well as lyrebirds in Australia. His senior thesis project uses light-level geolocators to study migratory connectivity.

  • Connor Rosenblatt

    Cornell Class of 2017

    When not running really long distances… Connor’s research is focused on how birds of open fields (Snow Buntings, Horned Larks) utilize habitat during the non-breeding season. He’s conducting local research as well as using eBird data.

  • Liam Berigan

    Cornell Class of 2017

    Liam is currently examining factors correlated with House Sparrow declines across North America using data from Project FeederWatch. He’s also working on a GIS project examining nest site selection in Common Eiders on Appledore Island, Maine.

  • Emily Shertzer

    Cornell Class of 2016

    Emily studied the relationship between weather and foraging behavior in songbirds in winter. Her work in the Ithaca-based RFID system led to an impressive senior thesis that is currently being edited for publication.

  • Natasha Bartolotta

    Cornell Class of 2016

    Natasha’s interest in animal behavior led her to study how gulls react to novel stimuli. She’s now off to Uganda to study chimpanzees before searching for a graduate program in primatology.

  • Taylor Heaton Crisologo

    Cornell Class of 2016

    Taylor studied parental nest defense behavior and the factors influencing nesting success in Herring Gulls at Shoals Marine Lab. She also worked on Superb Lyrebird displays as well as fairy-wrens in Australia. Taylor’s senior thesis was published in Ethology.

  • Hunter Reed

    Cornell Class of 2016

    Hunter’s senior thesis focused on the influence of bird feeders on the distribution of small mammals. He’s currently writing-up this work for publication before he enters Vet School at Cornell.

  • Michelle Moglia

    Cornell Class of 2014

    Michelle studied the array of coloration in bird eggs, using the gulls of Appledore Island as a model system. She has two scientific publications (so far!) from her undergraduate career. Spending two summers in the gull colony prepared her well for life on Wall Street, where she is now a financial analyst.

  • Shailee Shah

    Cornell Class of 2014

    Shailee’s novel research demonstrated how gulls encode information in their alarm calls–work published in Animal Behaviour. Shailee is now a Ph.D. student at Columbia University conducting research on Superb Starlings in Kenya.

  • Luke DeFisher

    Cornell Class of 2013

    Pulled from the kitchen at Shoals Marine Lab, Luke proved to be a keen biologists and inspirational member of the lab. Luke’s thesis work on the effects of invasive ants on gull reproduction was one of two publications from his undergraduate career. Luke is now an expert cider maker at Rootstock Ciderworks.

  • Sarah MacLean

    Cornell Class of 2013

    A founding member of the lab group, Sarah won the SUNY Chancellor’s Prize and numerous other awards during her illustrious undergraduate career. She has 3 scientific publications from her undergraduate work and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Check out her website.

  • Matt Savoca

    Cornell Class of 2010

    Matt’s research on gull nest site selection and success led to his first publication and sparked an interest in seabird ecology. He’s now working on a Ph.D. at UC Davis studying why seabirds ingest plastic, a major conservation issue. Learn more about Matt’s work.