The Intermountain Bird Observatory’s connection with Boise State University has facilitated a strong partnership when it comes to mentoring graduate students. In recent years, many graduate students have worked closely with IBO to complete their thesis research.
Current Student Projects
These students are currently working towards their M.S. degree at Boise State and have thesis projects directly tied to IBO and our research projects.
- Coates, Stephanie–Long-billed Curlews
Advisor: Dr. Jay D. Carlisle
Project begins Spring 2014
Other current students that have contributed to IBO:
These students have research projects focused on other areas in Idaho, but are involved with IBO projects in a number of areas above and beyond their actual thesis work.
- Cinto Mejia, Elizeth – An experiment on the effects of natural gas extraction noise on birds: The phantom gas field
- Regan, Tempe – Highway Mortality of Barn Owls (Tyto alba): Modeling Occupancy and Behavior Near Roads
- Robinson, Bryce – Gyrfalcon Diet During the Nestling Period on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska
- Smith, Shawn H. – The effect of climate change on predator and prey synchrony: do changes in American kestrel nesting phenology create a mismatch with seasonal prey cycles in southwestern Idaho?
- Spaul, Rob – The effects of recreational activities on the breeding ecology of a shrub-steppe raptor
- Stuber, Matt – Ecotoxicological risk and exposure: A comparative assessment of Burrowing Owls in natural and agricultural habitats in southern Idaho
Past Student Projects
- Carlisle, Jay D. Habitat use and stopover ecology of autumn landbird migrants in the Boise Foothills of southwestern Idaho. Ph.D., University of South Dakota, 2005. Habitat–Foraging–Stopover
- Donohue, Kara C. – Exploring Red-tailed Hawk migration using stable isotope analysis and DNA sexing techniques. 2009.
- Hallingstad, Eric – Seasonal variation in immunocompetence and other physiological parameters of the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). 2008.
- Hamilton (now Stock), Sarah L. A comparative analysis of the ecology and physiology of the Flammulated Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl during fall migration.University of Idaho, 2002.
- Laskowsky, Michelle – Prevalence, Intensity and host range phylogenetic evolutionary relationships of avian malaria in migrating raptors in the western United States
- Leppert, Lynda L. – Heterophil to lymphocyte ratios and DNA sexing in fall migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls and Flammulated Owls in Idaho. 2002.
- Nolte, Eric – Raptors present but unobserved: Detectability at a western migration watch-site and its effect on trend analysis. 2010
- Mason, J. Tate – The impacts of anthropogenic noise on Saw-whet Owls. 2015
- Porterfield, Christopher – Feather pigmentation as an indicator of body condition in migrating raptors.
- Rogers, Heather M. – Modulation of the adrenocortical stress response in North American accipiters during fall migration and the effect of flight strategies and energy expenditure on their baseline corticosterone secretion. 2003.
- Smith, Adam D. – Exploring raptor migration using stable isotope analysis: The Northern Goshawk in western North America. 2006.
- Smith, Rhonda F. – Investigating raptor migration behavior using orientation cages and wing measurements: A comparison of the Flammulated Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl in southwestern Idaho. 2009.
- Ware, Heidi E. – Traffic noise reduces foraging and stopover efficiency of migrating songbirds. 2014.
Other past students that have contributed to IBO, above and beyond their thesis research.
- Alsup, Steve E. – Productivity and habitat features of Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) nesting in suburban and agricultural areas of southwestern Idaho.
- Barnes, Keith P. – Ecology, habitat use, and probability of detection of Flammulated Owls in the Boise National Forest. 2007.
- Berg, Melanie D. (Narish) – Yolk androgens and development in American Kestrel nestlings. 2009.
- Booms, Travis L. – Gyrfalcon food habits in central west Greenland during the nestling period.
- Brady, Ryan S. – Nest lining behavior, nest microclimate, and nest defense behavior of Burrowing Owls.
- Ellsworth, Ethan A. – Postfledgling behavior and dispersal of juvenile Western Screech-owls: Patterns of movement and the effects of gender and social dominance. 1997.
- Hanauska-Brown, Lauri A. – Evaluation of Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) productivity, nestling growth, and adult health in relation to a central Idaho habitat potential model. 2000.
- Hasselblad, Kristin W. – Northern Goshawk home ranges and habitat selection in the Great Basin of southern Idaho.
- Kaltenecker, Gregory S. – Bald Eagle wintering habitat study, upper Boise River Drainage, Idaho. 1995.
- Miller, Robert – Breeding ecology of the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) within a unique prey and forest landscape of the western United States
- Paprocki, Neil – Warming winters and changing habitats: interactive effects on animal populations and implications for conservation
- Perkins, Dusty N. – Population genetics and food habits of raptors in southern Idaho. 2006.
- Riding, Corey S. – Effects of old nest material on occupancy and reuse of artificial burrows, and breeding dispersal by Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) in southwestern Idaho. 2010.
- Scholer, Micah N. – Land cover and topographic effects on cavity-nesting owl occurrence and the role of species interactions in structuring cavity-nesting owl communities. 2011.
- Sherburne, Jessica – Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and American Kestrels (Falco sparverius): Bioaccumulation in feathers, plasma, and eggs
- Smith, Brian W. – Nest-site selection, ectoparasites, and mitigation techniques: Studies of Burrowing Owls and artificial burrow systems in southwestern Idaho. 1999.