Kathryn E. Sieving
B.Sc. Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, U California-Davis
Ph.D. Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution, U Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
My research program focuses on conserving forest biodiversity, especially birds, in disturbed, fragmented, urbanized, and otherwise human-dominated landscapes in historically forested biomes. Conceptually, my lab’s work is rooted in community, behavioral, and landscape ecology. Functionally, the over-riding theme in my lab that applies to all of my students and myself is ‘effective conservation science via rigorous research design’. My graduate, undergraduate, and post-doctoral scholars’ interests take them in a variety of directions (see below) as the philosophy of mentoring in my lab is that ‘it’s your degree and your future - so take the reins’! The one common theme is that my students must learn and deploy rigorous and appropriate research designs for the question at issue.
Currently, I am working on a major project that holistically addresses the causes and consequences of the extraordinary vocal complexity of chickadees and titmice. With Todd Freeberg (lead PI: UT-Knoxville) and Jeff Lucas (Purdue) we are testing three major hypotheses for the causes (social, habitat, and predation risk complexity) of variation in vocal complexity. My focus is also on understanding what effects this parid vocal production, packed with useful social information for other small birds, has on population, community interactions, and behavior of eavesdropping animals. Conservation-related questions are of high priority, namely determining how normal information exchanges are disrupted and what the consequences are. This project involves experimental (field and aviary), comparative and descriptive approaches. Students with interests in soundscapes, small bird behavioral ecology, acoustic ecology and conservation of birds are encouraged to apply to my lab.
Sieving-Lab Alumni in the World - recent
· Dr. Willandia Chaves will begin a post doc with David Wilcove at Princeton University in 2018! Congrats Willa! -
· Dr. Jackson Frechette heads up innovative Cambodian livelihood and conservation program for Fauna and Flora International - link
· Dr. Fangyuan Hua earns a Newton International Fellowship, British Royal Society for work on global impacts of land use change - link
· Dr. Matt Reetz, Executive Director at Madison Audubon Society - link
Hot off the Press in 2017!
· Chaves W, Valle DR, Monroe MC, Wilkie DS, Sieving KE, Sadowsky B. 2017. Changing wild meat consumption: an experiment in the central Amazon, Brazil. Conservation Letters.
· Chaves W, Wilkie DS, Monroe MC, Sieving KE. 2017. Market access and wild meat consumption in the central Amazon, Brazil. Biological Conservation 212A: 240-248.
· Malone KM, 2Powell AC, Hua F, Sieving KE. 2017. Bluebirds perceive prey switching by Cooper’s hawks across an urban gradient and adjust reproductive effort. Ecoscience.
· Cornelius C, Awade M, Candia-Gallardo C, Sieving KE, Metzger JP. 2017. Habitat fragmentation Drives Inter-Population Variation in Dispersal Behavior in a Neotropical Rainforest Bird. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 15:3-9.
· Freeberg TM, Eppert SK, Sieving KE, Lucas JR. 2017. Diversity in mixed species groups improves success in a novel feeder test in a wild songbird community. Scientific Reports 7.
· Chaves W, Sieving KE, Fletcher RJ. 2017. Avian responses to reduced-impact logging in the Southwestern Brazilian Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management
Incoming lab members for Fall 2017
· Peter Monte. MSc. Urban ecology of bird communities.
· Jin Bai. MSc. Avian communication and bioacoustics.
· Mary Mack Gray. MSc. Regional genetics of brown-headed nuthatch populations.
· Sarah Obaid. PhD. Ecological acoustics and avian community and regional monitoring program development.