Postdoctoral Researchers

David La Puma, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2012
B.A. Ithaca College, 1997
PhD Rutgers University, 2010
Currently the Director of Global Market Development for Cellular Tracking Technologies

My research interests lie at the interface between avian ecology and applied conservation biology. I’m most interested in how species exist in dynamic landscapes such as fire-prone ecosystems, and along seasonal passages such as trans-continental migration. Migration carries with it many perils while clearly also providing unparalleled benefits; the balance of such tradeoffs is likely influenced by the quality of stopover habitat en route. My research at the Aeroecology Lab aimed to quantify such stopover habitat using remotely sensed NEXRAD weather radar and to develop spatial models of stopover habitat for the Southeastern region of the United States. Ultimately this research provided guidance to conservation entities in order to identify and protect important bird areas.  In my spare time I manage a website where I attempt to forecast birding conditions in the Upper Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions using radar and weather data. Come visit me over at www.woodcreeper.com and watch the action unfold before your eyes!

James McLaren, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-2016
B.A. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD University of Amsterdam

T.J. Zenzal, Visiting Scholar, 2016
B.S. University of Scranton, 2008
PhD University of Southern Mississippi, 2016

My research interests include movement ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation science, and the use of technology to study wildlife. I studied the stopover ecology of migratory birds along the Northern Coast of the Gulf of Mexico with the Migratory Bird Research Group at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Aeroecology Lab at the University of Delaware. My post-doctoral research focused on the use of radar to study climate change, weather events, and habitat availability along the Mississippi-Alabama coast during migration. The MS-AL Sea Grant Project integrates data collected from weather surveillance radar and a long-term migration station in Fort Morgan, AL to better understand migrant-habitat relations. My dissertation work examined the stopover ecology of ruby-throated hummingbirds during autumn migration.  My personal interests include outdoors activities, such as hiking, camping, biking, or walking my dog. I also enjoy cooking, reading, and music.

Graduate Students

Solny Adalsteinsson, PhD student
B.S. Penn State University, 2008
M.S. Penn State University, 2008
PhD University of Delaware, 2016
Thesis: The effect of forest fragment dynamics on human disease risk: developing a holistic approach to prevent tick-borne diseases in urban landscapes.

Liliana Calderón, MS Student 2017-2020
B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
M.S. University of Delaware, 2020
Thesis: Age, sex, and size related differences in distribution of migrating landbirds on northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Currently banding birds in Costa Rica!

Hannah Clipp, MS Student 2016-2019
B.S. West Virginia University, 2016
B.Mds. West Virginia University, 2016
M.S. University of Delaware, 2019
Thesis: Investigating landbird stopover ecology and distributions along the U.S. coast of Mexico at multiple scales.
Currently pursuing her PhD at West Virginia University

I joined the Aeroecology Program in 2016.  I am using the national network of weather surveillance radar to study bird migration and stopover ecology along the U.S. coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, I am investigating how winds and hurricanes over the Gulf of Mexico affect migratory bird distributions along the Gulf Coast. This is my first experience in the field of radar ornithology. In the past, I have conducted research on community ecology at created wetlands, the effects of recolonizing salmon on avian communities and populations, the impact of grassland management strategies on dickcissel spatial ecology, and reducing pollutant loading in streams. See my website for more details about my previous research experiences, publications and presentations.  On a personal level, I am interested in nature, science, research, avian and mammal ecology, reading books, creative and scientific writing, art, photography, and tennis. I am an avid birder, with a matching enthusiasm for seeing mammals and herps.

Matthew Boone, MS Student
B.S. University of Texas, 2012
M.S. University of Delaware, 2016
Thesis: The effect of Hurricane Sandy on landbird migration in the Northeast United States.

Kenneth Duren, MS Student
B.S. University of Duren, 2007
M.S. University of Delaware, 2010
Thesis: A predictive habitat occupancy model of Northern Bobwhite in the Delmarva Peninsula, USA.

Kyle Horton, MS Student
B.A., Canisius College, 2011
M.S. University of Delaware, 2014
Thesis: Examining songbird migration along the Delaware Bay: A comprehensive approach.
PhD Oklahoma University, 2017

Mason Sieges, MS Student
B.S. Northland College, 2004
M.S. University of Delaware, 2015
Thesis: If you flood it, they will come: Quantifying waterbird response to the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.

Tim Schreckengost, MS Student
A.S. Penn State University, 2009
B.S. Penn State University, 2011
M.S. University of Delaware, 2017
Thesis: Methods for studying stopover ecology of migrating landbirds with weather surveillance radar.

Research Assistants & Undergraduate Students

Mia Montgomery, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019
Expected B.S. University of Delaware 2020

Susannah Halligan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2019
B.S. University of Delaware 2019
Thesis: The Delaware Waterfowl Tracker
CANR Summer Scholar
Currently working with waterfowl in North Carolina

Mark Pacheco, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2019
B.S. University of Delaware 2019
Thesis: Mapping Fall Stopover Sites for Migrating Birds Around the Great Lakes
CANR Unique Strength Scholar
Currently working at Disney World!

Lucas Walls, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018-2019
B.S. University of Delaware 2019
Thesis: Mapping of bird distributions in Mexico with weather radar.

Paola Troche, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017
B.S. University of Delaware 2018

Jessica Beatty, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017
B.S. University of Delaware 2018

Annabel Posimato, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017
B.S. University of Delaware 2018

Alegna Adams, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Michael Burgess, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Njeri Kimani, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Sara Locker, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Emily Moorman, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Gloria Salas, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Emily Slingerland, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2015

Joseph Wheeler, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Charlotte Lambert, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016
B.S. University of Delaware, 2017

Daniel Day, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016

Laura Donohue, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016
B.S. University of Delaware, 2018

Anna Dougherty, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016
B.S. University of Delaware, 2018

William Kaselow, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016
B.S. University of Delaware, 2018

Kimberly Rivera, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2016
B.S. University of Delaware, 2015
Thesis: North Carolina radar bird density analysis

Kevin Archibald, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2014
B.S. University of Delaware, 2015

Janine Antalffy, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2013-2014
B.S. University of Delaware, 2013

Matthew Levendosky, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2013-2014
B.S. University of Delaware, 2014

Daniel Greene, Research Assistant, 2011-2013
B.S. University of Delaware, 2011

Laura Young, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2013
B.S. University of Delaware, 2014

Lauren Cruz, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2012-2013
B.S. University of Delaware, 2013

Marlo Atkinson, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2013
B.S. University of Delaware, 2013

Mashea Brown, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2012

Rebecca Lyon, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2010-2011
Thesis: The effects of wing morphology and body size on the distribution of migrating birds along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico