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.
Desiree is a 2020 recipient of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship who collaborates with Jeff Buler and the Aeroecology lab for her postdoctoral work. Her current research seeks to understand how urbanization and tree communities shape habitat for migratory birds en route. This research combines large plant and bird data sets, remotely sensed data, weather surveillance radar, and field methods to explore habitat use and quality in urban forests at both local and regional scales. Beyond research, Desiree is also interested in science communication and storytelling, public outreach, and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in ecology and conservation. In her free time, she takes care of her indoor and outdoor plants, goes hiking as much as possible, reads sci-fi, explores new music, and watches movies.
Katherine Bird, M.S. Student
B.S. University of Delaware, 2018
Undergraduate Thesis: Stopover Habitat Use by Migratory Songbirds in Rhode Island
M.S. Thesis: Investigating Purple Martin Movements and Roosts in the Mid-Atlantic
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 started her master’s in the lab in the fall of 2020, studying local movement ecology of Purple Martins. Besides radar, she loves birding, biking, road trips, and hanging out with her dog, Veery.
Matthew Hardy, M.S. Student
A.S. Northampton Area Community College, PA
B.S. Delaware Valley University, PA
Matt has been an M.S. research assistant at the University of Delaware since the fall of 2020 and is also a member of the Williams Waterfowl & Upland Gamebird lab. Matt graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2017 with a B.S. in wildlife conservation and management. Since graduation he has worked as an assistant biologist at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia through the SCA (Student Conservation Association), wildlife research assistant at the University of West Virginia and as a loon/waterbird/marsh bird technician for the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine and New Hampshire. His master’s research project will look to combine radar, radio telemetry and predictive modelling to track target waterfowl species (canada geese, greater snow geese and mallards) spatially and temporally across the landscape in order to create an interactive avian influenza biosecurity model for the Mid-Atlantic poultry industry. In his spare time, he enjoys birding, soccer, tennis and spending time with loved ones.
Amanda received her B.S. from James Madison University in 2017 where she studied biology and geographic science. She has spent the past three years working in the field to collect data for various avian-related research projects across the U.S. Her upcoming M.S. research will focus on using radar to analyze and potentially predict migratory landbird responses to land cover change, climate change and short-term weather events along the Gulf of Mexico coast. In addition to wildlife conservation, Amanda enjoys hiking, yoga, and traveling.
Annis joined the Aeroecology lab in Fall 2020 under the Dikti-Fulbright for Indonesian lecturer. She starts her Ph.D with her growing curiosity on different birds’ migration strategy and their responses to the landscape changes. By joining the lab, she expects to benefit from the advance methods in radar aeroecology, that have been developed under Dr. Buler’s leadership, to understand the birds’ migration strategies. She’s also keen to expand the networking across countries throughout the migratory flyway.