FORMER DOCTORAL STUDENTS


John J. Alcock, Jr. (M.S. 1997)

Hood-building in the fiddler crab (Uca musica musica). (S.T. Emlen and P W. Sherman, co-advisors.) Current position:

   

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Maydianne Andrade (Ph.D. 2000)

Thesis: Mating behavior and constraints on reproductive success in a spider with male sexual sacrifice. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Recipient of 2000 Frank Pitelka Prize from the International Society for Behavioral Ecology; Recipient, 2002, Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Animal Behavior Society. Current position: Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Canadian Research Chair, University of Toronto at Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, CA.

 

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Sharon Birks (Ph.D. 1996)

Thesis: Paternity and Parental Care in the Australian Brush Turkey. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Postdoctoral with Dr. Scott Edwards, University of Washington, Seattle; Current Position: Genetics Resources Manager, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

 

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Patricia Brennan (Ph.D. 2005)

Breeding biology and ecology of great tinamous: female joint-nesting, extra-pair paternity and natural history. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Bogota "Jorge Tadeo Lozano" in Bogota-Colombia. NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Tim Birkhead, Sheffield University, U.K. and Dr. Richard O. Prum, Yale University. Current Position: Associate Research Scientist, Department Ecology and Evolution, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

 

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Peter Buston (Ph.D. 2002)

The breeding system of the clown anemonefish, Amphiprion percula, in Madang Lagoon, Papua New Guinea. ((S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Robert Warner at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Sciences Program, Boston University, Boston, MA.

 

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James Dale (Ph.D. 2000)

Thesis: Visual signaling of individual identity and phenotypic quality in male red-billed queleas. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). NSERC Postodctoral Fellow with Dr. David Lank at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Siewiesen, Germany; Current Position: Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Institute of Natural Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

   

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Wallace J. Dominey (Ph.D. 1981)

Thesis: The mating system of the Bluegill Sunfish (Centrarchidae: Lepomis macrochirus). (S.T. Emlen served as acting advisor for Dr. Dominey during the final two years of his thesis work, after his chairperson, Dr. Ruth Buskirk, had moved elsewhere.) Current Position: Executive Director, Science Teaching Equity Project, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

 

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Mark Hauber (Ph.D. 2002)

Thesis: Cognitive challenges for brood parasitic cowbirds: species recognition and host discrimination (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Miller Postodoctoral Fellow with Dr. Eileen Lacy at the University of California, Berkeley. Assistant Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2005-2009). Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY, New York.

 

Robert E. Hegner (Ph.D. 1981)

Aspects of territoriality, foraging behavior, and breeding energetics of the White-fronted Bee-eater in Kenya. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Postdoctorals with Dr. John Krebs, Oxford, England, and Dr. John Wingfield, Rockefeller University and University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Current Position: Senior Vice President, ICF International, Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Amherst, MA.

 

Ronald A. Howard (Ph.D. 1977)

Thesis: Habitat structure, polygyny, and the evolution of upland nesting in red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus). (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Current Position: Professor, 4-H Extension Officer, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

 

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Judy F. Jacobs (M.S. 1979)

Thesis: Behavior and space usage patterns of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in Southwestern Mississippi. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Current Position: Endangered Species Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, Anchorage, Alaska.

 

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David B Lank (Ph.D. 1983)

Thesis: Migratory behavior of semipalmated sandpipers at Inland and Coastal staging areas. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Lewis Oring, Univ. of North Dakota and Dr. Fred Cooke, Queens University, Ontario; Current Position: University Research Associate and Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Frasier University, Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

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Charles F Leck (Ph.D. 1970)

Thesis: The seasonal ecology of fruit and nectar eating birds in lower middle America. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Current Position: Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and New Jersey State Ornithologist, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, (retired).

 

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Rachel N. Levin (Ph.D. 1988)

Thesis: The adaptive significance of antiphonal song in the bay wren, Thryothorus nigricapillus. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. John Wingfield, University of Washington, Seattle; NSF Career Development Award, 1992-1997. Current Position: Associate Professor, Pomona College, Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Ulrich G. Mueller (M.S. 1986)

Thesis: Dimorphic males in the European wool-carder bee, Anthidium manicatum (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). (S.T. Emlen, P.W. Sherman and G. C. Eickwort co-advisors). PhD with Dr. George Eickwort, Cornell University; Postdoctoral with Dr. Tom Eisner, Cornell University, and with Dr. Biff Bermingham, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama; Current Position: W.M. Wheeler Lost Pines Professor, Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

 

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Christopher G. Murphy (Ph.D. 1991)

Thesis: The Mating System of the Barking Treefrog Hyla gratiosa. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Carl Gerhardt, University of Missouri; Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology and General Education Program, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

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Troy Murphy (Ph.D. 2005)

Thesis: Adaptive significance of elaborate plumage when expressed in both sexes: multiple functions of the racketed-tail of the turquoise-browed motmot (Eumomota superciliosa). (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Postdoctoral Fellow with Robert Montgomerie, Queens University, Ontario. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Trinity University, San Antonia, Texas.

 

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W. John Richardson (Ph.D. 1975)

Thesis: Bird migration over Southeastern Canada, the Western Atlantic, and Puerto Rico: A radar study. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Current Position: Director & Senior Biologist, LGL Limited environmental research associates, King City, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Donald K. Riker (Ph.D. 1977)

Thesis: Nocturnal locomotor activity of the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis): A latent circannual behavior related to catecholamine metabolism. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Postdoctoral at Yale University; Current Position: President and Founder, On Point Advisors LLC, Chattanooga, TN.

 

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Dustin Rubenstein (Ph.D. 2006)

Thesis: Physiological and hormonal mechanisms underlying cooperative breeding in birds. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Miller Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Rob Caldwell at University of California, Berkeley. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, NYC, New York.

 

Robert M. Rybczynski (Ph.D. 1977)

Thesis: Dynamic aspects of bird flocking: The influence of weather, and patterns of spatial utilization. (S.T. Emlen advisor). Current Position: Non-academic employment.

 

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Sheng-Feng Shen (Ph.D. 2009)

Thesis: The evolution of non-kin cooperation in joint-nesting Taiwan yuhinas, Yuhina Brunneiceps. (S.T. Emlen and S.L. Vehrencamp, co-advisors). Taiwan National Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. H. Kern Reeve, Cornell University and Dr. Rufus Johnstone, Univ. Cambridge, UK. Current Position: Research Fellow, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

 

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Barbara D. Snapp (Ph.D. 1973)

Thesis: The occurrence of colonial breeding in the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) and its adaptive significance. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Retired Position: Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. (Retired in 2006). Current Position: Ed. Comm. Chair, Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, ME.

 

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Bernie S. Tershy (Ph.D. 1998)

Thesis: Sexual dimorphism in the Brown Booby. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Current Position: Director, Island Conservation Program, Center for Ocean Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

 

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Pepper W. Trail (Ph.D. 1994)

Thesis: The lek mating system of the Guianan cock-of-the-rock: A field study of sexual selection. (S.T. Emlen, Advisor). Postdoctoral with Dr. Neal Smith, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama, and with Dr. Luis Baptista, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Positions as Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist for Samoa and Pacific Islands, and Senior Forensic Specialist/Ornithology, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab, Ashland, Oregon. Current Position: Naturalist, photographer, writer.

 

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Sandra L. Vehrencamp (Ph.D. 1976)

Thesis: The adaptive significance of communal nesting in groove-billed anis. (S.T. Emlen, advisor). Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Jack Bradbury at the Rockefeller University, New York. Assistant Professor to Full Professor, University of California, San Diego, CA. Current Position: Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Bioacoustics Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

 

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Paul J. Watson (Ph.D. 1988)

Thesis: The adaptive functions of sequential polyandry in the spider, Linyphia litigiosa (Linyphidae). (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. William D. Hamilton, at Oxford University, U.K. and with Dr. Randy Thornhill, University of New Mexico. Current Position: Adjunct Research Associate Professor, University of New Mexico.

 

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Michael S. Webster (Ph.D. 1991)

Thesis: The Dynamics and Consequences of Intrasexual Competition in the Montezuma Oropendola: Harem-Polygyny in a neotropical Bird. (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). Postdoctoral with Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones, University of Chicago. NSF Career Development Award, 1996-2000. Faculty positions at SUNY Buffalo and Washington State University, Pullman, WA; Current Position: Director, Macaulay Library, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

 

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LaReesa Wolfenbarger (Ph.D. 1996)

Thesis: Fitness effects associated with red coloration of male Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis). (S.T. Emlen and P.W. Sherman, co-advisors). NSF/Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Gerry S. Wilkinson, Univ. Maryland and AAAS/EPA Science and Engineering Fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha.