News

October 2017: Delayed announcement….Adele Balmer and Hannah Coovert joined the Bulluck lab this fall semester.  Adele is a PhD student working on Prothonotary Warbler demographics using the long term dataset and Hannah is developing a survey that will help us to better understand private landowner attitudes and behaviors related to high elevation shrubland management in western Virginia.

September 2017: New Lab PublicationNo evidence for a negative effect of conspecific brood parasitism on annual survival of female Prothonotary Warblers

June 2017: Abby Walter joins the Bulluck lab!  Her thesis research will address Red-headed Woodpecker nesting behavior and habitat use at Fort AP Hill, Virginia.

May 2017: Jessie Reese successfully defended her MS thesis: A range-wide assessment of migratory connectivity for the prothonotary warbler using stable hydrogen isotopes!

January 2017:  New Lab Publication – Feather carotenoid content is correlated with reproductive success and provisioning rate in female Prothonotary Warblers.

October 2016: Jenna Dodson’s MS thesis was published in Ecology and Evolution!
Dodson*, J., N. Moy*, and L. P. Bulluck. 2016. Prothonotary warbler growth and condition in response to variation in aquatic and terrestrial prey availability.  Ecology and Evolution.  DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2400

September 2016: Nik Moy’s MS thesis was published in Environmental Science and Technology!  Moy, N., J. Dodson, S. J. Tassone, P. Bukaveckas, and L. Bulluck.  Biotransport of an algal toxin in a riparian food web.  Environmental Science and Technology doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b02760

August 2016: Bulluck lab has a strong presence at NAOC in DC!  Great conference with an unprecedented mix of academic and agency folks as well as strong showing from countries outside of North America.

June 2016: Dan Albrecht-Mallinger’s MS thesis was published in The Condor!
Albrecht-Mallinger, D., and L. P. Bulluck. 2016.  Limited evidence for conspecific attraction in a low-density population of a declining songbird, the Golden-winged Warbler. The Condor 118(3):451-462.

May 2016: Ashley Gruppenhoff and Michael Barber are retrieving geolocators from Golden-winged warblers in Highland county!  Read about it and see pictures HERE

May 2016: Graduation!!  Several well deserving undergraduates from the Bulluck lab have graduated!  Congrats and go on to do great things…and keep in touch!
–Ashley Gruppenhoff: Outstanding Biology Graduate (Ecol ) and completed a senior thesis
–Miranda Foster: Outstanding Environtmental Studies Graduate
–Amanda McGhee, Biology Graduate and completed a senior thesis

April 2016: Jessie Reese receives a $12,000 Career Development Grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW)!  Congrats Jessie!

April 2016: Liz Schold joins the Bulluck lab!  She and Ally Lahey began working at Fort AP Hill and along the James River to study the breeding ecology of Prothonotary Warblers in both natural cavities and artificial nesting boxes.

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March 2016: Anna Tucker’s Master’s thesis research was published in The Auk!
Tucker, Anna M., Rodney J. Dyer, Sarah K. Huber, and Lesley P. Bulluck.  Opportunistic conspecific brood parasitism in a box-nesting population of Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea). The Auk: 133 (2): 298-307.

February 2016: Ben Nickley joins the Bulluck lab!  He and Abby Walter began working at Fort AP Hill in January where they are conducting surveys for all cavity nesting species and devising schemes to capture and color mark Red-headed Woodpeckers.IMG_5265 IMG_5264

January 2016: Lesley and Jessie Reese travel to Colombia!  Jessie stayed for the month to visit five mangrove and lagoon forests to study Prothonotary Warblers.  It is very exciting to learn more about this species and the habitats it occupies during the non-breeding season.  Can’t wait to return.  Thanks Nick, Camila, Angela (with SELVA) and Allesandro Molina (VCU graduate) for all of your help to make this expedition a success!Jessie in Colombia_happy

You can read more about Jessie’s adventures in Colombia here.

August 2015: Jessie Reese receives a grant from the Riverbank Conservation Support fund to support her MS thesis work.  She will use the funds to travel to Colombia, South America this winter where she will study Prothonotary Warblers in mangrove forests.

July 2015: Jenna Dodson and Nik Moy successfully defend their master’s theses and present their research at the AOU meeting in Oklahoma.

May 2015: With the help of Gunnar Kramer (student of H. SGW with geotreby) and his crew, we deployed 23 geolocators on Golden-winged Warblers and two on hybrids in Highland and Bath counties, VA. This is part of a range-wide effort where hundreds of geos will be deployed on Golden-winged Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers and their hybrids.

March 2015: Jessie Reese joins the Bulluck lab!  She is leading a crew working in the wetlands of Fort AP Hill to conduct Prothonotary Warbler density surveys.  Jessie’s thesis work will assess the degree of migratory connectivity in this species using stable isotope analysis.

March 2015: Dan Allbrecht-Mallinger, MS graduate from May 2014, starts his PhD research in Panama working with Dr. Corey Tarwater, University of Wyoming.

February 2015: Jenna Dodson was accepted into the Peace Corps!  She will head to western Africa in September after defending her MS thesis this spring.  We are very excited for you Jenna!

January 2015: The Panama Avian Field Ecology study abroad course just returned from two weeks studying Prothonotary Warblers in the mangroves.

January 2015: Anna Tucker, MS graduate from May 2014, starts her PhD program at Auburn University working with Conor McGowan.

December 2014: Nik Moy and Wyatt Carpenter are awarded the “Best Infographic” award in a course they were taking that aimed to teach scientists better communication skills.  This course is part of a larger effort spearheaded by Dan McGarvey to merge science and art.  Stay tuned for links to their final products!

June 2014: Twenty-five geolocators were attached to male and female Prothonotary Warblers along the Lower James River.  We hope to retrieve many of them in spring 2015!

June 2014: Jeffress Grant ($100,000) awarded to Suzanne Robertson (Dept of Math) and Lesley Bulluck.  The Impact of Temporal Variation in Host Life-Stage Abundance on the Regional Transmission and Control of West Nile Virus with collaborator Kevin Caillouett (Research Entomologist, St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District, Slidell, LA).