Current Graduate Students

This is a list of M.S. and Ph.D.-track students advised by Cornell Lab faculty. These students are citizens of both the Lab and the departments and graduate fields through which they were admitted to Cornell’s graduate degree programs.

  • Stepfanie Aguillon

    Stepfanie Aguillon

    Advisor: Irby Lovette

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I am a Ph.D. candidate studying hybridization in Northern Flickers using genomic techniques to better understand the speciation process.

    Email: sma256@cornell.edu

    Website

  • Jake Berv

    Jake Berv

    Advisor: Irby Lovette

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I study the evolution of birds, as they have evolved from their theropod dinosaur ancestors. I am interested in topics related to bird paleontology, genomics, population genetics, and life history evolution.

    Email: jsb439@cornell.edu

    Google Scholar page

  • Zena Casteel

    Zena Casteel

    Advisor: Mike Webster

    Graduate Field: Neurobiology and Behavior

    My research project is The Shape of Song: local adaptation in beak morphology and its potential to alter sexually selected vocal signaling in a widespread passerine with complex song.

    Email: zcc7@cornell.edu

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  • David Chang van Oordt

    David Chang van Oordt

    Advisor: Maren Vitousek

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I study how individual resistance to infectious diseases can affect birds’ ability to survive, reproduce and migrate; and how can it also affect pathogen transmission across the landscape.

    Email: dac385@cornell.edu

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  • Amelia Demery

    Amelia Demery

    Advisor: Irby Lovette

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I’m interested in the genetic mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation and how they vary across space and time. Ongoing projects: investigating the genetics underlying beak-color plasticity and morphological extremism.

    Email: acd254@cornell.edu

  • Bryant Dossman

    Bryant Dossman

    Advisor: Amanda Rodewald

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    I’m interested in conservation, movement ecology, and population biology of migratory organisms, especially birds. I seek to understand how seasonal interactions influence population dynamics, movement, and behavior across the annual cycle.

    Email: bd342@cornell.edu

    Website

  • Jay Falk

    Jay Falk

    Advisor: Mike Webster

    Graduate Field: Neurobiology and Behavior

    I study the adaptive function of female ornamentation in hummingbirds.

    Email: jjf266@cornell.edu

    Website

  • Natalie Hofmeister

    Natalie Hofmeister

    Advisor: Irby Lovette

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I’m a Ph.D. candidate using phylogenetic comparative and genomic methods to study range expansion and its drivers in the European Starling.

    Email: nrh44@cornell.edu

    Website

  • Jenn Houtz

    Jenn Houtz

    Advisor: Maren Vitousek

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I am interested in the connections between the gut microbiome and stress-related changes in physiology, behavior, and brain development.

    Email: jlh498@cornell.edu

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  • Anna Lello-Smith

    Anna Lello-Smith

    Advisor: Amanda Rodewald

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    My research investigates how threatened migratory and resident bird species respond to forest regeneration on reclaimed cattle pastures in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve.

    Email: aml442@cornell.edu

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  • Rachael Mady

    Rachael Mady

    Advisor: David Bonter

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    I study the effect of supplemental food availability on foraging strategy and spatial use by birds.

    Email: rpm237@cornell.edu

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  • D.J. McNeil

    D.J. McNeil

    Advisor: Amanda Rodewald

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    My research examines population- and community-level responses of birds to creation and restoration of early-successional plant communities on private and public lands in the Great Lakes and Appalachian Mountains.

    Email: djm462@cornell.edu

    Website

  • Colleen Miller

    Colleen Miller

    Advisor: Maren Vitousek

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I am interested in the impacts of natural and artificial light on avian behavior and physiology.

    Email: ccm246@cornell.edu

    ResearchGate profile

  • Tram Nguyen

    Tram Nguyen

    Advisor: John Fitzpatrick

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I study the genetic consequences of population decline in the Florida Scrub-Jay.

    Email: tn337@cornell.edu

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  • Mickey Pardo

    Mickey Pardo

    Advisors: Mike Webster, Walt Koenig

    Graduate Field: Neurobiology and Behavior

    I study how Acorn Woodpeckers use vocal communication and social intelligence to navigate their complex social interactions.

    Email: map385@cornell.edu

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  • Maria Teresa Reinoso-Perez

    Maria Teresa Reinoso-Perez

    Advisor: André Dhondt

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    I study the interaction and effect of different House Finch pathogens inside their host.

    Email: mr833@cornell.edu

  • Tom Ryan

    Tom Ryan

    Advisor: Maren Vitousek

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I study songbird breeding traits (both behavioral and physiological) and how they are shaped by selection.

    Email: tar87@cornell.edu

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  • Steven Sevillano Rios

    C. Steven Sevillano-Rios

    Advisor: Amanda Rodewald

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    I study the effects of climate change, habitat patchiness, and landscape configuration on bird diversity across high elevations (up to 5,000 m) in the mountains of Peru.

    Email: css279@cornell.edu

    ResearchGate profile

  • Gerardo Soto

    Gerardo Soto

    Advisor: Amanda Rodewald

    Graduate Field: Natural Resources

    I study the effects of deforestation on the behavior and population structure of the biodiversity of South American temperate forests. At Cornell, I investigate how forest degradation affects Magellanic Woodpeckers.

    Email: ges234@cornell.edu

    ResearchGate Profile

  • Young Suh

    Young Ha Suh

    Advisors: John Fitzpatrick, Mike Webster

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    My research focuses on social and environmental factors that influence movement and dispersal in a cooperatively breeding corvid, the Florida Scrub-Jay.

    Email: ys757

    Website

  • Chris Tarango

    Christopher Tarango

    Advisor: John Fitzpatrick

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I am interested in better understanding and documenting the behavior of wild birds through innovative monitoring methods.

    Email: cat253@cornell.edu

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  • Derrick Thrasher

    Derrick Thrasher

    Advisor: Mike Webster

    Graduate Field: Neurobiology and Behavior

    I am investigating the role of social selection on the evolution of female plumage ornaments and reproductive strategies in the Variegated Fairywren.

    Email: djt224@cornell.edu

    Website

  • Jennifer Uehling

    Jennifer Uehling

    Advisor: Maren Vitousek

    Graduate Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    I study how birds cope with changing environmental conditions through hormonal responses and movement.

    Email: jju8@cornell.edu

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  • Joe Welklin

    Joe Welklin

    Advisor: Mike Webster

    Graduate Field: Neurobiology and Behavior

    I study the ecological and social drivers of sexual signal acquisition in Australian Fairywrens.

    Email: jfw96@cornell.edu

    Website