Cole Wan Jower
M.S. Student, Biological Sciences, expected graduation 2019
B.S. Wildlife Conservation, Humboldt State University, 2014
I am interested in understanding the foraging ecology and habitat use of seabirds. Specifically, my studies will include GPS tracking rhinoceros auklets breeding at the Farallon Islands to determine their behaviors and habitat use within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. By studying them, I also hope to better understand the possible impacts of potential offshore energy development to wildlife and their habitats within the surrounding area.
Currently I am employed as an ecologist for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory where I do work in tidal marsh restoration and snowy plover monitoring. I am also fortunate to have gained experience banding birds in Ecuador and tagging sea turtles in Costa Rica, and enjoy any opportunity to aid in conservation work wherever I may be.
M.S. Candidate, Biological Sciences, expected graduation 2018
B.S. Biology, Union College, 2014
My research interests include behavioral ecology and conservation with a particular focus on avian species. My thesis research uses bio-logging technology to investigate the foraging behavior and habitat use of red- tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) breeding in the main Hawaiian Islands. My goals are to better understand how this species interacts with the marine environment, especially given the context of climate change, and to use this information for guiding conservation strategies.
I have participated in a variety of ecological projects working as a wildlife technician for the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and as an undergraduate researcher. I find great enjoyment being in the field conducting hands-on research with wildlife, which has taken me to Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand and around the Northeastern United States. In addition to my research endeavors, I am an artist who draws much of my inspiration from the natural world believing that art is one of the most essential and powerful ways we learn about science.