Zelt, J., Deleon, R.L., Arab, A., Droege, S., Laurent, K., and Snodgrass, J. In prep. Trends Over the Past 130 Years in Avian Migrant Arrival and Departure Dates Across the State of New York.
Zelt, J., Courter, J., Arab, A., Johnson, R., and Droege, S. Reviving a Legacy Citizen Science Project to Illuminate Shifts in Bird Phenology. International Journal of Zoology, Volume 2012, Article ID 710710.
Ali Arab, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Georgetown University.
Ali Arab’s research goal is to study spatial and temporal trends in the migration patterns of birds based on the historical records at NABPP. In particular, he is interested in correlating these spatial and temporal trends with climate indices and other environmental variables (such as severe climate events) to provide a more detailed analysis of the potential impacts of climate change on bird migration patterns over the past century for which data is available. Dr. Arab is currently working on the New York bird migration paper with the NABPP as well as on an upcoming paper with Jessica Zelt on bias in citizen science data.
Jason R. Courter, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology, Malone University.
Jason Courter’s area of interest is using novel temperature approaches to monitor climate change and optimize bird conservation. In 2011, Dr. Courter gave a PowerPoint presentation at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Assessing effects of climate change on bird phenology at broad temporal and spatial scales. In 2012, Dr. Courter published his first paper using data from the NABPP on weekend bias. In 2013, he published two additional papers using NABPP data on spring arrivals for several migratory species and Ruby-throated hummingbird migration.
Steven Hilburger, USGS Biologist.
Master’s thesis, George Mason University. “Spring Migration Phenology of Four North American Insectivorous Bird Species in Relation to Climate Change.” The thesis describes the relationship between spring migration of four bird species, and eight environmental variables that could influence migration.
John Sauer, USGS Research Wildlife Biologist.
Together with Agathe Dupontiel, former BPP Intern, John Sauer completed statistical analysis of Barn Swallows using data from BPP migration records to explore its quality and characteristics. Analysis was then done using more specific information such as the cycle of arrival dates over time, the association of spring temperatures and the NAOI and SOI indexes. All data on Barn Swallow used for analysis were documented from 1895 to 1968.
The purpose for our internships is to help gain work experience while at the same time receiving guidance in a scientific study. Students are selected from the Eleanor Roosevelt High School where a study is required by all students graduating with the Science and Technology Department.
2012 Science and Technology student, who attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. She completed an internship with the BPP, looking at the relationship between arrival dates and elevation with several vireo species.
2011 Science and Technology student, who attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. She completed an internship with the BPP, looking at the relationship between arrival dates and elevation with several warbler species.