MSc, 2021

Dylan’s MSc research focused on long-term trends in grassland bird nesting biology and responses to climatic variation at large spatial scales. He started his graduate work with several years of undergraduate experience in the lab including a summer 2018 REU focused the consequences of severe drought on songbird nesting biology at Konza and the trophic interactions driving those effects. You can watch his defense seminar here!

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Twitter: @inkliizii
Dylan’s website

Summer 2021

(L to R) Kevin Perozeni
Victoria Gaa
Henry Castro-Miller
Miriam Reynaldo
Liz Sroor
Katy Silber
Aja Wong
Alice Boyle

Summer 2020

(L to R) Dylan Smith
Kailyn Underwood
Katy Silber
Miriam Reynaldo
Danny Wells
Liz Sroor

Summer 2019Konza crew 2019

(L to R)
Joanna Gresham
Ryan Donnelly
Mariel Winnerman
Katy Silber
Dylan Smith
(missing)
Kristen Kersten
Andrew Mayers

Summer 2018summer 2018 Konza crew

(L to R)
Dylan Smith
Mary Kate Wilcox
Blair Pfeifer
Joanna Gresham
Katelyn Thomas
(front)
Sarah Winnicki

Summer 2017

(L to R)
Edwin Harris
Braiam Rosado
Darrien Savage
Natasha Bergvine
Sarah Winnicki
Katelyn Thomas
Cole Allen

Summer 2016

(L to R)
Michaela Gustafson
Lauren Angermayer
Destiney Hett
Caitie Weichman
Sarah Winnicki
Suzy Replogle-Cornett
(not pictured) Jesse Nguyen

Summer 2015Summer 2014 crew

(L to R)
Dylan Smith
Sarah Winnicki
Emily Williams
Chelsea Sink
Yisel Marquez
Suzy Replogle-Cornett
Jackie Gehrt

 

Summer 2014Summer 2014 crew

(L to R top)
Hunter Nedland
Alex Henry
Breyana Ramsey
Sarah Winnicki
(L to R bottom)
Alaina Thomas
Alice Boyle
Dylan Smith
Emily Williams
Amie Sommers

Summer 2013

(L to R)
Brandy Carter
Keil Garey
Chyna Pei
Ian Waters
Stefannie Munguia
(not pictured)
Sarah Demadura
Allie Bays

Joanna Gresham

Joanna (2018-2019) spent two summers chasing sparrows, meadowlarks, and dickcissels, and conducted and independent experimental research project to determine the functional consequences of nest orientation.

Austin Roe

Austin (2018-2019) and contributed to understanding the consequences of drought for grassland songbirds by quantifying prey availability in drought vs. more ‘normal’ years (whatever that is!). Follow him on twitter @AustinRoe12 and Birding Blog.

Mary Kate WilcoxMary Kate Wilcox

Mary Kate (2017-2019) quantified behavior from videos of manakin leks and grassland nest cams, was part of our Konza field crew, and did countless less rewarding tasks.

Cole AllenCole Allen

Although Cole is pictured here holding a giant catfish, do not be deceived folks! Cole worked on our summer crew (2017), then helped (2018-2019) with nest videos and nestling morphometrics.

Suzy Replogle Curnutt

Suzy worked in the lab during her senior year and then became a full-time field and lab manager. In spring 2017, she assisted Elsie in Costa Rica.

Logan Thomas

While working at the Marais de Cygne wildlife refuge, Logan collected data to determine the effectiveness of management for Eastern bottomland forest bird communities in KS at the western edge of their distribution.

Darrien Savage

Darrien was an REU in 2017, studying vegetation structure around nests of grassland songbirds.

Braiam Rosado

Braiam was an REU student in 2017, studying how parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds influences parental activity.

Edwin Harris

Edwin was an REU student during summer in 2017, studying Grasshopper Sparrows clutch sizes and egg mass under .

Michaela Gustafson

Michaela (2016) studied how changes in Grasshopper Sparrows’ body composition is affected by variation in temperature and precipitation.

Yisel Marquez

Yisel (REU 2015) examined the consequences of storms for nest success of Grasshopper Sparrows.

Breyana RamseyBreyana presenting her research results

Breyana (2014-2015) worked with us as part of the Developing Scholars program at K-State.

Emily Samuel

Emily (2015) examined how fat stores in songbirds responded to temperature and precipitation in winter.

Amie Sommers

Amie helped out during fall 2014 on a project involving small mammals and metabolites. She completed two grad degrees and now works at the UNL.

Chyna Pei

Chyna investigated interactions between Dickcissels and Grasshopper Sparrows on the Konza in her senior year.

Steffanie Munguía

Steffanie (REU 2013), kicked off a project on the causes of territory aggregation in Grasshopper Sparrows.

Emily with the subject of her MSc thesis… a Grasshopper Sparrow

MSc, 2016

Emily’s research aimed to explain why Konza’s Grasshopper Sparrows frequently disperse within seasons, sequentially defending multiple territories. Emily documented the frequency and spatial scales of these movements, and tested hypotheses based on food availability and risk avoidance. After four years as an avian biologist at Denali National Park, she began her PhD in Dr. Peter Marra’s lab where she will be studying migration of arctic-breeding birds. Read Emily’s MSc thesis, or check out her 1st publication from her MSc documenting the patterns of breeding dispersal, or her 2nd publication that tests hypotheses explaining why some but not all birds make these movements.

Email:
twitter: @wayfaringwilly
Emily’s website

MSc, 2019

Sarah’s MS research examined the direct and indirect consequences of parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds for nestling development and juvenile survival in three species of grassland-obligate songbirds, and in turn, the consequences for cowbirds of being raised by different host species. She was been involved with research in the lab since 2014. She published a comprehensive test of alternative explanations for territory aggregation, a study that began when she was an REU student. She completed her MS during the summer of 2019 and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Illinois in Dr. Mark Hauber’s lab.

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Twitter: @skwinnicki
Sarah’s Website

PhD, 2020

Elsie’s dissertation addressed the interplay between sources of sexual- and natural-selection, focusing especially on Neotropical manakins. She combined comparative approaches to understand selection on male traits, demographic methods to understand the importance of rain on adult survival, genetic methods to link abiotic constraints on survival to the strength of sexual selection across populations, and individual-level behavioral experiments to understand the drivers of male reproductive behavior. In fall 2020, she joined Dr. Al Uy’s lab where she will study speciation in Solomon Island flycatchers, funded by an NSF post-doctoral fellowship.

Email Elsie
Twitter: @e_shogren
Elsie’s website

Mark banding a greater prairie-chicken

MSc, 2017

Mark Herse studied how landscape features influence habitat selection in rare and declining birds in E. Kansas based on data from a phenomenal number of point-counts (over 10,000!) conducted over 2 years. Mark is now in New Zealand doing his PhD in the Tylianakis lab. Read Mark’s MS thesis or check out this research description with links to three associated publications.

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Mark’s website