Former Lab Members

Class of 2020

Ruth Demree –  Class of 2020; Biology Major

Ruth joined us in the Spring of 2018 and worked with Project Chickadee. 

Meg Matthews –  Class of 2020; Biology Major

Meg joined us in the Spring of 2018 (although she helped us with some auditory processing work the previous semesters!). Meg worked on frequency-specific directional sensitivity of Northern saw-whet owls skulls. 

Class of 2019

Chris McCann –  Class of 2019; Biology and Italian Major

Chris joined us in the Spring of 2017, working on our Project Chickadee team. Chris worked with Sandy and Nick on the individual variation in vocal production project. He studied abroad in Italy and ultimately plans to head to medical school. 

Sandy Jiang –  Class of 2019; Biology Major

Sandy joined us in the Spring of 2017 and is working on our Project Chickadee team. Sandy is working with Emma to help maintain our banded population of chickadees at the farm and is assisting in our individual variation project by analyzing vocal recordings in the lab. She has previously worked with Dr. Proudfoot on saw-whet owls.

Emma Kline –  Class of 2019; Biology Major

Emma joined us in the Fall of 2017.  She worked on our Project Chickadee team. Emma will be worked with the rest of the team to help maintain our banded population of chickadees at the farm and is assisting in our individual variation project by analyzing vocal recordings in the lab. Emma is graduating fall semester of 2018 and ultimately plans to be a small animal vet. 

 

Jake Korbin –  Class of 2019; Biology and Political Science Major

Jake joined us in the Spring of 2017 and is working on our Project Chickadee team. Jake worked on the social dominance project with Aaron.  He’s one of our few members that will jog out to the platforms! Jake is graduating fall semester of 2018 and is off to work as an EMT before heading back to school to become a P.A.

 

 

Kevin Park –  Class of 2019; Biology Major

Kevin got his start in the Fall of 2015 as our go-to-guy for research support, assisting with day-to-day lab operations, research library organization, and data management.  Kevin also assisted us with Project Chickadee.

Karla Zabala –  Class of 2019; Neuroscience and Behavior Major

Karla joined us in the Fall of 2017.  She worked on our Project Chickadee team with Katie investigating whether black-capped chickadee mobbing calls are syntactically consistent across the day.

 

 

Class of 2018

Julia Beatini –  Class of 2018; Neuroscience and Behavior Major

IMG_0871Julia joined us in the Fall of 2015. Julia worked on a number of  project investigating the auditory processing of Northern saw-whet owls (both pictured here). Julia presented a poster on their frequency sensitivity at the 2016 Animal Behavior Society meeting, is first author on our manuscript on frequency sensitivity in these owls, and gave a talk on their auditory processing at 2018 SICB meeting. Julia is working with Megan de Koning on a paper investigating directional hearing. 

Megan de Koning –  Class of 2018; Biology Major

Megan joined us in the Fall of 2017 (although she helped us install our new audiology booth during the previous semester!). She worked on the auditory processing of Northern saw-whet owls with Julia.  Megan is working on a manuscript about 3-D AEPS from the owls to asses directional hearing .  Megan has become a pro at handling the owls (pictured at left). 

 

Katie Nordstrom –  Class of 2018; Biology Major

IMG_9530Katie joined us in the Fall of 2015. She is part of Project Chickadee. Katie worked on setting up nestboxes for black-capped chickadees so we can monitor individuals over time. Katie left the lab when she went to study abroad and is working on her pre-med curriculum. 

 

 

Katie Hoots –  Class of 2018; Biology Major

Katie joined us in the Fall of 2017.  She worked on our Project Chickadee team. Katie investigated whether black-capped chickadee mobbing calls are syntactically consistent across the day.

 

 

Class of 2017

Nicholas Fancher –  Class of 2017; Biology Major

Nick joined us in the Fall of 2016. He and Aaron co-led our Project Chickadee team. Nick worked on a project investigating individual variation in the chick-a-dee call in our population of Black-capped Chickadees at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. This is a long-term project on chickadee audition and behavior. Nick will be working in a lab in Boston next year and applying to medical school. 

Jingyi Gao –  Class of 2017; Biology Major

jingyiJingyi joined us in the Spring of 2015, working with Aaron and Tymon on our project investigating the effects of exposure to social stimuli on auditory process in the green treefrog. During the summer of 2015 she worked on the effects of deer browsing on sound propagation as part of an URSI project.  Jingyi will be starting a Ph.D. this fall at the University of Virginia.

Aaron Harvey –  Class of 2017; Biology Major

Aaron joined us in the Fall of 2016. He and Nick co-leading our Project Chickadee team. Aaron was investigating the social dominance hierarchies in winter flocks of our banded Black-capped Chickadee population. This is a long-term project on chickadee audition and behavior.

 

 

Class of 2016

Timothy Boycott –  Class of 2016; Biology Major

IMG_1872Tim joined us in the Fall of 2014. Tim spent the fall working with Jacob on a field project investigating the effects of anthropogenic noise on mobbing behavior in titmice.  Tim then conducted field work at the Millbrook Zoo in Spring of 2015.  Tim completed an URSI project investigating the effects of deer browsing on sound propagation over the summer with Jingyi. He was invited to give the URSI student keynote and later took second place in the Animal Behavior Society student poster competition. In 2015/2016 Tim led our team working on a long-term project on chickadee audition and behavior. He is currently working on salmon in Idaho. 

Aaron Kim –  Class of 2016; Italian Major

P1000600Aaron got his start in the Fall of 2013 as our go-to-guy for research support, assisting with day-to-day lab operations, research library organization, and data management.  Aaron worked on our project investigating the effects of exposure to social stimuli on auditory process in the green treefrog with Tymon and Jingyi.

 

 Jeffrey Gerwin–  Class of 2016; Biology Major

IMG_9527Jeff joined us in the Fall of 2015. He worked with Tim and Katie on a long-term project investigating chickadee audition and behavior. 

 

 

 

Class of 2015

Carly Barbera –  Class of 2015; Biology Major

Carly joined us in the Fall of 2015. She worked with Jacob on a field project investigating the effects of anthropogenic noise on mobbing behavior in titmice.  

Jacob Damsky –  Class of 2015; Biology Major

photoJacob joined us in the Spring of 2014, braving the cold and snow to help us catch birds (including the titmouse he is holding here) out at the ecological preserve. Jacob  developed a project for his senior thesis on the effects of anthropogenic noise on mobbing behavior in tufted titmice. This work was published in the Condor in 2017. He is currently working in consulting in Cleveland, OH.

Tymon Dickson –  Class of 2015; Biology Major

tymonTymon joined us in the Spring of 2014.  He worked with Aaron and Jingyi on our project investigating the effects of exposure to social stimuli on auditory process in the green treefrog. Tymon is currently attending medical at Case Western Reserve University.

 

 

Ali Ehrlich – Class of 2015; Science, Technology, and Society Major

P1000604Ali got her start working on the black-capped chickadee bioacoustic project. She was part of our platform-baiting and bird catching field team. Ali is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at NYU.

 

 

 Class of 2014

Arick Wong – Class of 2014; Neuroscience and Behavior Major

photo_1Arick got his start in the lab working on the black-capped chickadee bioacoustic project. He then went on to work on the auditory physiology of the black-capped chickadee, with a special emphasis on their frequency sensitivity (audiograms). We have published this work in the journal Zoology. Arick worked for two years at the Sleep Lab at Harvard Medical School. He is currently living in Seattle and pursuing a Ph.D.