https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11215161_10153470229409513_8071639371890199640_n.jpg?oh=c20d77785b8981a2239a8394558a83c5&oe=5696C31EKathryn E. Sieving

Dept. Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

University of Florida @ Gainesville


B.Sc.  Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, UC Davis

Ph.D. Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution, UIUC


Research Gate Profile


Sieving Lab Research Interests


My research program focuses on conserving forest biodiversity, especially birds, in disturbed, fragmented, and otherwise human-dominated landscapes in historically forested biomes.  This focus has led me to integrate biodiversity conservation in agricultural and other types of rural lands, close and far from protected areas. Conceptually, my lab’s work is rooted in community, behavioral, and landscape ecology. Functionally, the over-riding theme in my lab is ‘effective conservation science via rigorous research design’.


My graduate, undergraduate, and post-doctoral scholars’ interests define the collective interests of my lab.  Recent bird work in fragmented and/or logged forests occurs in Florida, Brasil, Sumatra, and Sri Lanka.  The taxonomic breadth of the lab has included the behavioral landscape ecology of insects (dragonflies and bees), primates (Cambodia, Brasil), and mammalian carnivore-prey systems (Chile; domestic dogs preying on a wee deer called Pudu).


Note to Prospective Graduate Students:  During the period 2014 to 2020, I will be highly focused on bioacoustics analyses related to testing a variety of evo-eco hypotheses concerning the high degree of vocal complexity and information encoding in the family Paridae.  If you are a highly motivated prospective MSc or PhD graduate student interested in avian behavioral ecology, communication, social information, and bioacoustics and would like to work in FL/US with Parids – please contact me.  I recommend any qualified applicants to apply for the NSF Graduate Fellowship to work in my lab. Contact me if interested.


Sieving Lab News-Wire


Field Tech Position TBA: Summer 2016-

·        I will be hiring a full time technician (BSc or MSc level) in late summer 2016 for 9 months to 1.5 years.  If you have experience in the field and with recording equipment and want to work in Florida/UF at a fun job, let me know. Advert to go out soon. Position could lead to grad school in Wildlife Ecology, but require full time tech work first.


Recent Publications

·        Highway noise blocks bird talk!  Aaron Grade’s MSc thesis is out in Biology Letters [link]


Media Play

·        Aaron’s paper was written up in the popular media [link]

o        http://phys.org/news/2016-05-highway-noise-deters-birds.html

o         http://growingfl.com/news/2016/05/uf-ifas-study-highway-noise-deters-communication-between-birds-2016-05-12/

o         http://www.americantowns.com/fl/milton/news/university-of-florida-study-highway-noise-deters-communication-between-birds-26083718


·        Work on parid vocal ecology (parid infoscapes)

o   Mentioned in New York (Science) Times

§  When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen 

o   Article is focus of Science Times Rhymes rap video!

§  Bird Call Rap Video


Recent Public and Professional Presentations

·        Upcoming talks from Sieving lab:

o   Animal Behavior Society (MO, USA) - July 2016

o   NAOC (Washington DC, USA) - July 2016

o   Ecosummit (Montpellier, France) - August 2016


Newest Lab Members this Fall (welcome!)

·        Bobbi Carpenter, MSc, wild turkey spatial behavior during breeding


Sieving Lab - Anchor Project Areas


Information Landscapes – The Unseen World of Animal Landscape Ecology