Dr. Susan Haig is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Oregon State University, a Senior Scientist (ST) with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. She and her students and postdocs work on resolving issues related to restoring viability to small populations as well as population ecology of shorebirds. Many of her interests are summarized in her joint effort with Dr. Peter Marra (Director, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Institution) to direct the Migratory Connectivity Project.
I am a fourth-year student majoring in Biology with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife. I am broadly interested in avian conservation, management, and research. This summer, I worked in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA as research technician trapping small mammals and conducting various surveys. My field experiences related to birds include volunteering for the Tachycineta Swallow Research Program (headed by Dr. Jim Rivers, OSU College of Forestry) and also working with the ʻAlalā Project and Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project in Hawaiʻi. I can't wait to meet more students who share my passion for birds and look forward to the coming year!
I am a 3rd year Fisheries & Wildlife Science Undergraduate. I am from Los Angeles, California (Claremont specifically). Birds have always interested me, and I have been conducting bird surveys through various Audubon chapter and organizations since middle school. I have recently conducted surveys for the Philip Schneider Wildlife Area in Dayville, OR. I am certain I will research birds for the rest of my career, however, I am unsure which birds I wish to research. I am very excited to meet all those who have an interest in birds and hope to provide opportunities that help pave the path for others to be successful in avian-related careers.
I am a 4th year undergraduate majoring in Zoology. I enjoy casually birding and photographing birds while hiking and backpacking. I became involved with the Bird Nerds when I had the opportunity to go on the Sage-grouse survey trip over spring break of 2017, and this summer conducted habitat surveys for Trumpeter Swans on the Henry's Fork in Idaho. My main interest is in behavioral ecology (especially relating to social behavior) and conservation. I look forward to improving my bird ID skills and learning more about birds this year!
Treasurer and Fundraising Chair
I am a senior in the Fisheries and Wildlife department who has participated in research concerning Black-capped Chickadees and Pigeon Guillemots. Most recently, however, I have been assisting with research on the predator-prey relationships of Barred Owls. During my time with Bird Nerds, I have gained invaluable hands-on field experience, improved my knowledge about birds and birding, gained access to numerous opportunities for research and internships, and have made lasting friendships, both with fellow students as well as professionals in my field. Outside of school, I work as a dog obedience trainer and, in my free time, I enjoy birding (obviously), hiking, and snowboarding.
Publicity and Public Relations Chair, Internship Chair
I am a senior majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife with a specialization in Avian Biology. During the summer of 2016, I completed an internship where I learned about banding birds and how to track specific species. I am an eCampus student and I currently live in Ohio. During my spare time I enjoy bird watching and playing with my 11 pet birds (2 Zebra Finches, 5 Society Finches, 1 Parakeet, 1 Green Cheeked Conure, and 2 Indian Runner Ducks). I look forward to helping eCampus birders feel more connected to campus students and to help all students find bird-related internships!
Community Outreach Chair
I am a senior studying Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Animal Science. I am interested in birds and wildlife with conservation, outreach and research. In the summer of 2016 I was an intern for Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge at Grays Lake, Idaho for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. I focused on plant survey’s in wetlands to monitor birds within the pacific flyway with graduate student Andrea Kristoff. Last December I went to Puerto Rico and conducted my own research project monitoring bird abundance throughout the island. This past summer I completed an international internship in Brazil studying Neotropical Otters (but I was also able to do so birding as well!). I love birds and want to keep learning more!
PhD student at Oregon State University with a wide variety of avian field experience including: migration counts with Hawkwatch International, studies on brood parasitism, reproductive biology with the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust and the Golondrinas de las Americas. I Received a Masters of Science in Zoology, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012, for my studies on the synergistic effects of anthropogenic stressors on amphibians in North America. My research interests center around the effects of large scale anthropogenic stressors such as global climate change, land use/land cover alteration, and contaminants on birds and amphibians. I currently work on the Oregon2020 project and remain an avid birder.
Hi, my name is Peter Kappes, and I’m currently working on my PhD in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department, investigating how sea-ice influences the reproductive success and population dynamics of Adélie Penguins breeding on Ross Island, Antarctica. I have nearly 20 years of experience working with and studying birds in places as far flung as Alaska, the Galápagos, Antarctica, and multiple islands in the Indian Ocean. While most of my experience is with marine birds I studied how male plumage pigmentation influenced the mating and reproductive success of the male American Redstarts for my Master’s degree. I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve in advisory capacity to the Bird Nerds club and am looking forward to sharing my passion for birds with other likeminded individuals.
I am a PhD student in Doug Robinson’s lab in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. My PhD work looks at different elements of community structure (ie. which species of birds occur in a community) in Oregon and Panama. My work in Panama involves tropical bird species on Barro Colorado Island, a forest fragment located in the middle of the Panama Canal. In Oregon I work on the state-wide Oregon2020 bird survey project with Tyler Hallman. I also received my MS at OSU, where I investigated 60 years of change in avian communities of the Willamette Valley. Prior to grad school I was a Research and Monitoring Intern for Klamath Bird Observatory. I have also worked with Kori Bustards for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. I love birds and birding and am excited to share my passion with aspiring undergraduate students!
As a PhD student in the Integrative Biology department, I study community ecology along the Pacific coast. My dissertation research focuses on the assembly, diversity, and stability of rocky intertidal communities. In particular, I'm working to integrate regional abiotic drivers with local species interactions to examine the scales at which determinism and stochasticity operate. I started birding when I was sixteen, and since then I've birded on all my travels in the US, Madagascar, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Thailand, and the Philippines. In undergrad, I co-founded a bird club and organized many birding trips and activities over four years. Birds fill me with joy, and I delight in sharing my enthusiasm with fellow birders and nature lovers.