Kathryn E. Sieving
B.Sc. Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, UC Davis
Ph.D. Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution, UIUC
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).
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. Contact me if interested in woodland birds, aviary work, and bioacoustics! Chucao at ufl dot edu.
· Highway noise blocks bird talk! Aaron Grade’s MSc thesis is out in Biology Letters [link]
· Aaron’s paper was written up in the popular media [link]
o Even our beloved UF newspaper the Alligator picked it up! See third article .. http://www.alligator.org/news/article_fafd31fc-2166-11e6-aeed-a728b8c9bc00.html
· Work on parid vocal ecology (parid infoscapes)
o Mentioned in New York (Science) Times
o Article is focus of Science Times Rhymes rap video!
o Why does Pishing work to attract birds? Wikipedia explains using our article!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pish
Recent Public and Professional Presentations
· Upcoming talks from Sieving lab:
o Animal Behavior Society (MO, USA) - July 2016
§ By Katie and Kristen Malone (on work by former lab members Fangyuan Hua and Amanda Powell)
o NAOC (Washington DC, USA) - July 2016
§ By Harrison Jones on his MSc thesis
o Ecosummit (Montpellier, France) - August 2016
§ By Katie on parid work as part of a symposium I co-organized with Harry Jones and Eben Goodale on Mixed Species Animal groupings and what makes them swim, brachiate, swing, jump, or fly together.
§ By Harry on a review of how flocks fall apart in degraded habitats.
Newest Lab Members this Fall (welcome!)
· Bobbi Carpenter, MSc, wild turkey spatial behavior during breeding