Allison S. Injaian, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Allison S. Injaian

I am a postdoc with the CCB, investigating the impacts of anthropogenic noise on avian distribution and abundance. I began researching human impacts on wildlife during my Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. There, I used traffic noise playbacks to conduct integrative, experimental studies if noise impacts on tree swallows. I found that traffic noise exposure had wide-ranging impacts, including altered habitat use, decreased reproductive success, decreased nestling growth, altered stress physiology and increased telomere attrition. At the CCB, I am continuing to investigate anthropogenic noise impacts. Specifically, I am using acoustic monitoring data from automated recorded units (ARUs) to better understand impacts of aircraft overflights and roadway noise on avian vocalizations, as well as avian distribution and abundance.

Year Hired: 2018


Contact Information

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca NY 14850


Phone: +1.607.254.1101



Ph.D., Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2018

M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2013

B.S., Biology, Ursinus College, 2010

Recent Publications

Injaian, A. S. et al. (2019) ‘Traffic noise exposure alters nestling physiology and telomere attrition through direct, but not maternal, effects in a free-living bird’, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 276, pp. 14–21.
Tibbetts, E. A. et al. (2018) ‘Intraspecific variation in learning: worker wasps are less able to learn and remember individual conspecific faces than queen wasps’, American Naturalist, 191, pp. 595–603.
Injaian, A. S., Taff, C. C. and Patricelli, G. L. (2018) ‘Experimental anthropogenic noise impacts avian parental behavior, nestling growth and nestling oxidative stress’, Animal Behaviour, 136, pp. 31–39.
Injaian, A. S., Poon, L. Y. and Patricelli, G. L. (2018) ‘Effects of experimental anthropogenic noise on avian settlement patterns and reproductive success’, Behavioral Ecology, 29, pp. 1181–1189.
Injaian, A. S. et al. (2018) ‘Effects of experimental chronic traffic noise exposure on adult and nestling corticosterone levels, and nestling body condition in a free-living bird’, Hormones and Behavior, 106, pp. 19–27.
Injaian, A. S. and Tibbetts, E. A. (2015) ‘Advertised quality and resource value affect aggression and social vigilance in paper wasp contests’, Animal Behaviour, 102, pp. 259–266.