Department of Natural Resource
Ecology & Management 339 Science II Building Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 50011 U.S.A.
Learn about my study species
the Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)
For my doctoral research with Dr. Stephen J. Dinsmore I continued our long term study of Mountain Plover breeding biology in Phillips County, MT. In the course of my M.S. research I raised several questions concerning the mating system of this species and its unusual behavior where males and females tend to separate nests. For my dissertation I focused on five decision-related subjects: 1) multi-state modeling of first breeding attempts, 2) nest site selection in relation to egg-crypticism and subsequent nest survival, and mate choice related to 3) circulating prolactin of incubating adults, 4) seasonal changes in egg volume, and 5) parentage and extra-pair paternity.
During the 2012-2013 school year I served as a fellow with Symbi, Iowa State University's GK12 program funded by the National Science Foundation. I taught 7th grade science in Mrs. Kissell's classroom in Brody Middle School.
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