M.S. Candidate, Biological Sciences, expected graduation: 2023
B.S. Wildlife Management and Conservation, Humboldt State University, 2016
I am interested in how the study of avian movement and foraging ecology can inform habitat conservation and management, and identify environmental shifts associated with anthropogenic climate change. My thesis focus and hypotheses are still in the developmental stage.
My research experience lies largely within the mystery of migration, but I’ve also spent several seasons studying breeding birds. I have studied songbirds in meadows and riparian areas of the Sierra Nevada and Appalachian mountain ranges, vagrant warblers and seabirds on the Farallon Islands, hoary bats in California’s redwood forests, and phalaropes on their annual stopover at Mono Lake. I’ve counted migrating raptors on mountaintops in Oregon and New Mexico, and quantified the ecosystem services that Aleutian cackling geese provide to dairy farmers. I have also studied black-backed woodpecker occupancy in burned forests, Steller’s jay behavior in an urban landscape, golden eagle nest success across southern Utah, and have had the immense pleasure of birding in several continents.
M.S. Student, Biological Science, expected graduation: 2023
B.A. Environmental Studies and Art, University of California Santa Cruz, 2018
My research interests include behavioral ecology, foraging ecology, and island conservation as they relate to seabird species. I am currently deciding which avenue to pursue in my research.
Congruent with my studies, I volunteer with the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory at their passerine banding station. My background includes experience restoring nesting seabird habitat, conducting population and productivity studies, and mist-netting for Rhinoceros Auklets on Año Nuevo Island. I also have experience surveying for Marbled Murrelets at-sea along the northern California and southern Oregon coastline, and with conducting necropsies on Northern Fulmars.
M.S. Student, Biological Science, expected graduation: 2023
M.A. Education, University of New Mexico, 2003
My research interests include the microbial ecology, foraging ecology and the movement of California gulls. I’m interested in learning more about the intersection between the microbial world and avian fitness. I am currently working on determining the details of my research project.
I have spent many rewarding years traveling the globe as an international school teacher. During that time, I’ve also had the opportunity to spend my free time working with restoration projects and ecological research efforts around the SF bay area, in the southwestern United States and in Southeast Asia. I would like to one day combine my passion for ecology with my passion for teaching in order to inspire the next generation.
M.S. Student, Biological Sciences, expected graduation: 2022
B.A. Environmental Studies, Brandeis University, 2016
I am interested in foraging ecology, and management of invasive species on island ecosystems. My graduate research will aim to provide information on year round western gull (Larus occidentalis) foraging movements and usage of marine and terrestrial habitat within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. I hope to identify the likelihood of phases of gull movement during the non-breeding season overlapping with the proposed house mouse eradication effort on SEFI, and the implications for mainland urban and coastal zones.
I have experience working in ecological research, rehabilitation, and restoration wildlife projects. These experiences have allowed me to work with seabirds and other marine life within the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and outer atolls, and New Zealand.
M.S. Student, Biological Sciences, expected graduation: 2021
B.Ed. General Biology, minor in Special Education, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, 2013
Currently, I am researching to find a reason for the high mortality of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). I am responsible for collecting field data, mentoring undergraduate students, data analysis, and writing research articles. Besides loving research and going out in the field, I have a great passion for teaching. I have taught a variety of classes in biology and have mentored many students in becoming great researchers.
I also have a special interest in population dynamics and conservation efforts (extinction vortices) when it comes to insects and in behavior and inclusion strategies when I work with students. My goal is to become a lecturer at a community college or university.
M.S. Student, Biological Sciences, expected graduation: 2020
B.S. Aquatic Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2011
My research interests include behavioral ecology, animal movement, and food web dynamics. For my research project I am investigating the foraging habits of common murres (Uria aalge) at the Farallon Islands through the use of GPS devices and time-depth recorders. Specifically, I am comparing/contrasting the foraging behavior of incubating and chick-rearing murres. My goal is to determine if murres exhibit differences in foraging habits/range between these two breeding phases, and if so, what drives those differences (i.e. environmental factors).
My career background has been focused on marine and aquatic ecology. I have worked with fish, sea/water birds, invertebrates, and kelp, and that work has taken me to amazing locations in Paraguay and throughout the US. I have found that pictures really are worth a thousand words when it comes to communicating about conservation issues/research with the public, so I always have my camera on hand in the field to capture the experience of working with animals.
Cole Wan Jower
M.S. Candidate, Biological Sciences, expected graduation: 2020
B.S. Wildlife Conservation, Humboldt State University, 2014
I am interested in animal foraging ecology and habitat use. For my research, I study rhinoceros auklets on Southeast Farallon Island and use bird-borne GPS and time-depth recorders to examine their at-sea distributions and behaviors during the breeding season. Through this, I hope to better understand any patterns in their distributions in relation to variability in ocean conditions and prey availability.
In addition to my studies I am an ecologist for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory where I specialize in tidal marsh ecotone restoration and waterbird monitoring in the South Bay. I am also fortunate to have gained experience banding cloud forest birds in Ecuador and tagging sea turtles in Costa Rica.