Jeffrey J. Buler, Associate Professor
B.A. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 1995
M.S. Louisiana State University, 1999
PhD The University of Southern Mississippi, 2006

Jeff received his B.A. from St. Mary’s College where he studied biology.  He went on to study nesting songbirds for his M.S. research at Louisiana State University and stopover ecology of songbirds using a variety of methods including weather surveillance radar for his dissertation research at The University of Southern Mississippi.  In 2011, he joined the faculty at the University of Delaware and, over the next few years, has strived for excellence in developing a productive extramurally-funded research program in Wildlife Ecology.  Jeff is an international leader in the discovery of novel methods to expand scientific knowledge within the young field of aeroecology focused on the basic and applied ecology of organisms that inhabit the atmosphere.  His current research focuses on radar biology, avian ecology and migration, landscape ecology, and conservation biology.  See his work on Google Scholar, Research Gate, and the Research Projects page.

Jaclyn Smolinsky, Research Associate
B.A. State University of New York at Albany, 2002
M.S. University of Southern Mississippi, 2010

I am fascinated by the amazing journeys of migratory species and my research activities over the past few years reflect this interest.  Having been a member of the Aeroecology Program for several years, I teach newbies the ropes and help with all things radar.  Prior to joining the lab, I worked on a number of projects relating to songbird migration but have also spent some time studying shorebirds and turtles.  In addition to these interests, I am also a fan of community-based conservation projects, environmental education and reptile, especially turtle, conservation.

Sergio Cabrera-Cruz, PhD Candidate

Sergio joined the Aeroecology Program in 2015 on a Fulbright scholarship bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from his undergraduate studies in biology and M.S. research monitoring the response of migrating birds to wind farm development in Mexico.  His current research focuses on the response of migrating birds to artificial lights at night.  He is employing various methods (e.g., satellite data, weather surveillance radar, tracking radar, bird banding data) to answer questions relating to how these lights are effecting birds at global, regional and local scales. See his work: Google Scholar and Research Gate.

Katherine Bird, Research Assistant
B.S. University of Delaware, 2018
Thesis: Stopover habitat use by migratory songbirds in Rhode Island
Upcoming – M.S. student at University of Delaware

Katie joined the Aeroecology lab in 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant. She then completed a senior thesis in the lab, studying stopover habitat of migrating birds in Rhode Island, in conjunction with their breeding bird atlas effort. After graduating and spending a year serving with AmeriCorps in Reno, Nevada, she returned to the lab in 2019 to process data for the gulf coast and Tucson. She hopes to start her master’s in the lab in the fall of 2020, studying local movement ecology of Purple Martins. Besides radar, she loves birding, hiking, running, and hanging out with her dog, Veery.