|Rodney B. Siegel, Ph.D., Executive Director|
Rodney joined IBP in 1998 as a research scientist, after completing his B.A. at Yale and his Ph.D. at U.C. Davis. He splits his time between working as a research scientist for IBP’s Sierra Nevada Bird Observatory and as IBP’s Executive Director. His research includes the effects of fire and fire management on Black-backed Woodpecker and other forest birds, the conservation of meadow birds in the Sierra Nevada, the ecology and conservation of owls, and the effects of climate change on forest birds. He is particularly interested in research that has practical applications for management and conservation. Rodney has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored multiple conservation strategies for California birds. Phone (415) 663-2051. Rodney's CV
|Steven Albert, M.S., Asst. Director for Demographic Monitoring Programs|
Steve is leading IBP’s effort to expand the MAPS and MoSI networks across North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He previously worked for various federal and state agencies, and several Indian tribes, including the Pueblos of Zuni, Hopi, and Taos. One of his primary interests is exploring how research, management, and policy can work together to protect migratory birds through their full annual cycle. Steve splits his time between IBP’s headquarters in Point Reyes Station and his home office in Zuni, New Mexico. Phone (505) 870-3735. Steve's CV
|Rachel Blakey, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher|
Rachel Rachel joined IBP in 2017 as a post-doctoral researcher, working with Dr. Dylan Kesler and Dr. Lisa Webb on bat communities, California Spotted Owl, and Northern Goshawk in the Plumas National Forest, California. Rachel's current research aims to uncover local and landscape-scale drivers of bat community assembly and raptor movement ecology, with a focus on fire and management. She hails from Australia, where she received her Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales for her work on the importance of floodplain bat communities and their prey. Rachel is interested in how anthropogenic drivers like climate change, river regulation, agriculture, and fire impact highly mobile biotic communities such as bats and birds. Rachel's CV
|Jerry Cole, M.S., Staff Biologist|
Jerry has a M.S. in Biology from the University of North Dakota where he studied the effects of grassland management on birds in tallgrass prairie. He has worked on various avian projects throughout the West, ranging from tracking Clark's Nutcrackers to helping capture California Condors in southern California. Jerry works on a project assessing monitoring data collected from State Vehicle Recreation Areas throughout California. He enjoys exploring new places throughout the state, but especially in the Sierra Nevada. Phone (415) 663-1436. Jerry's CV
|Lauren Helton, Staff Biologist and Scientific Illustrator|
Lauren graduated from Whitman College in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology. She began banding with IBP's MAPS Program in 2009 as an intern in Oregon and then in 2010 on Saipan before becoming a MAPS crew leader for IBP in Oregon in 2011. She joined the IBP team at Point Reyes Station in the fall of 2014, where she works to recruit, train, and supervise MAPS crews, receive and verify banding data, and teach bird banding courses. Additionally, Lauren produces artwork, illustrations, and figures for IBP's publications. Lauren's art portfolio. Phone (415) 663-1436. Lauren's CV
|Mandy Holmgren, Staff Biologist|
Mandy received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She began working for IBP as an intern, conducting bird surveys at Mt. Rainier National Park, and has been leading IBP crews conducting point counts in Pacific Northwest national parks since 2006. She has worked as a crew member for IBP and other conservation groups before becoming a full time biologist with IBP in 2010. During the field season, Mandy trains interns in bird ID and survey, supervises crews, and leads field work. During the rest of the year, she recruits field crews, manages data, and writes reports related to the Washington Parks Monitoring Program. She lives and works at Olympic National Park in Washington State. Phone (360) 461-2294.
|Danielle Kaschube, MAPS Coordinator|
Dani received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Calgary, where she studied longspurs, shrikes, bats, and arthropods. She joined the IBP's MAPS Program as a summer intern in 2007, then moved to an office position later the same year. Since starting at IBP, she has worked in many capacities, including being a data quality verifier, supervising field biologist, data analyst and bander trainer. Her current roles include data analyst, Coordinator of the MAPS Program, and travelling around North America and Canada to coordinate IBP's bird bander training. She works part-time for IBP from her home office in Los Angeles. Phone (609) 892-0445.
|Helen Loffland, M.S., Meadow Bird Specialist|
Helen (Bombay) received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of California Davis, and her M.S. in Biology from California State University Sacramento. She has spent the last 20 years studying Willow Flycatchers and other meadow birds, raptors, carnivores, insects, plants, and fish, primarily in the Sierra Nevada. She is particularly interested in the complex disturbance regimes and associated ecological relationships in Sierra meadows and for the last 5 years has worked on multi-species bird monitoring protocols for meadow restoration. She is now expanding her research into pollinator use of ephemeral riparian and upland habitats in post-fire landscapes. Phone (209) 295-3573. Helen's CV
|Deborah Mills, Chief Finance Officer|
Deborah obtained her certification as a Financial Planner from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO. Deborah has spent 30 years building businesses and her business passion lives in finance, technology and operations. Her mission: making the world a better place. She is an avid environmentalist and bird lover.
|Peter Pyle, Staff Biologist|
Peter attended Swarthmore College while also working on forest bird surveys in the South Pacific. He was also a biologist on the Farallon Islands for 15 years. Since 1996, he has been affiliated with IBP, where he conducts research on molt, writes, and holds banding workshops. Peter is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, and has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, four books, and a monograph on the birds of Hawaii. He is perhaps best known for his two part Identification Guide to North American Birds, which has detailed criteria for ageing and sexing. In 2011 he had the good fortune of describing a new species, Bryan's Shearwater, and naming it after his grandfather. Peter's CV
|Chris Ray, Ph.D., Research Ecologist|
Chris joined us in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Researcher focused on hierarchical modeling of point count data on landbirds in several national parks. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California-Davis and has been a Research Associate with the University of Colorado-Boulder since 2002. She has studied population biology in a variety of plant and animal systems with a number of research teams, and has a special interest in the population dynamics of species responding to habitat fragmentation and climate change. Chris works remotely from her home high in the Rocky Mountains. Phone (303) 489-8863. Chris' CV
|James F. Saracco, Ph.D., Research Ecologist|
Jim joined the IBP staff in 2003 after completing his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. He has served as the Program Director for IBP's tropical and winter bird monitoring programs (the MoSI, MAWS, and TMAPS Programs) and has been the lead data analyst for a variety of IBP's research. His current research initiatives include the development and application of models for analyzing count and capture-recapture data, integrated population models, and the ecology and dynamics of migratory songbirds during the non-breeding season. Jim works for IBP from his home in southeast Alaska. Phone (907) 957-4790. Jim's CV
|Lynn Schofield, M.S., Staff Biologist|
Lynn received her M.S. in biology from Eastern Illinois University where she studied migration patterns and movement ecology in passerines crossing the Gulf of Mexico. She began her career in biology as an intern with The Institute for Bird Populations doing Great Gray Owl surveys on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and has been involved in bird conservation and research in the Sierras ever since then. Lynn has a wide range of research interests and has worked as part of many projects relating to avian biology across both North and South America. Currently, Lynn is involved in Willow Flycatcher conservation projects occurring throughout the northern Sierras. Phone (612) 799-8630.
|Meredith Swett Walker, Ph.D., Communications Specialist|
Meredith joined IBP in 2019 after working several years as a freelance science writer. Prior to writing about science, she assisted on various field ornithology projects and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Montana studying hormones and behavior in White-throated Sparrows. Meredith's role as communications specialist is to spread the word about IBP's fantastic research and to tell the stories behind the science. She works remotely from her home in the high desert of western Colorado. She is happy to assist with all press and media inquiries. Phone (970) 712-9699.
|Ron Taylor, Staff Biologist|
Ron graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Management, then worked with the US Fish & Wildlife Service identifying duck wings, and as a botanist and fisheries crew leader for the US Forest Service. He has also monitored desert tortoises for an environmental consulting firm and studied Black-capped Vireos for The Nature Conservancy. Ron started with IBP in 2004 as a MAPS intern at the Flathead Indian Reservation, then worked as a supervisory biologist for the MAWS and MAPS Programs. In 2005 he became a Staff Biologist. Ron serves as IBP's primary verifier of MAPS data; recruiting, training, and supervising IBP's MAPS field crews; and teaching bird banding courses. Phone (415) 663-1436.
|Bob Wilkerson, Staff Biologist|
Bob has a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He started at IBP in 1998 doing point counts on Yosemite National Park's Avian Inventory. Bob spends summers training and supervising monitoring crews throughout the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Northwest National Parks, and conducting Black-backed Woodpecker monitoring and telemetry work in Sierra Nevada National Forests. Bob's other responsibilities include project design, planning, and field crew recruitment. He specializes in database management and GIS, and website design and management. Phone (415) 233-0684. Bob's CV
|David F. DeSante, Ph.D., Research Associate|
Dave founded IBP in 1989 and was Executive Director until 2008. He created the MAPS and MoSI Programs. Dave earned his Ph.D. from Stanford and has held Assistant Professorships at Stanford and Reed College. His research interests include population dynamics, winter ecology, biogeography, and migration and navigation. Dave has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, monographs, and books, and over 160 technical reports. He has won numerous national conservation awards, including the Partners in Flight Investigator's Award (for IBP), Conservationist of the Year from the Western Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Chandler Robbins Conservation and Education Award from the American Birding Association, and The Lifetime Achievement Award from Partners in Flight. David's CV
|Luke George, Ph.D., Research Associate|
Luke is an Emeritus Professor at Humboldt State University and a Senior Research Associate at Colorado State University. He specializes in the design, implementation, and analysis of demographic, population monitoring, and habitat selection studies of terrestrial vertebrates. Other projects include developing a Rapid Ecological Assessment of the Wyoming Basin, estimating the abundance of golden eagles in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan area, examining factors influencing the survival of broad-tailed hummingbirds in Rocky Mountain National Park, and estimating the abundance of corvids in old-growth redwood forests in northern California.
|Dylan Kesler, Ph.D., Research Associate|
Dylan joined IBP in 2015 as a research associate. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. at Oregon State University and was a postdoc at Virginia Tech. Dylan has longstanding interests in the avifauna of Pacific Oceania and in grassland and forest birds of continental North America. Current projects with IBP address bird and bat responses to fire and forest management in the Sierra Nevada, and the effects of global change on arctic nesting shorebirds. Other ongoing work focusses on the effectiveness of waterfowl conservation strategies under global change scenarios, factors influencing implementation of the Endangered Species Act, and the occurrence and health of isolated indigenous tribes in the Amazon Basin. Additional information is available at quinnkesler.net.
|Kristen Ruegg, Ph.D., Research Associate|
Kristen is a Research Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. She is the co-founder/co-director of the Bird Geonscape Project (https://www.birdgenoscape.org) whose central focus is to create comprehensive migratory flyway maps for birds that can be used to motivate conservation efforts across geographic and political boundaries, and to understand the potential for bird populations to adapt to climate change. Combined with other life history data, this information enables conservation scientists to target limited resources to the places in the annual migratory cycle where they are most needed. Kristen currently oversees research on 14 bird species and and works to bridge partnerships between academia, NGOs and governmental agencies. Kristen's CV
|Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Ph.D., Research Associate|
Viviana joined IBP as a research associate in 2013. She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University, and spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher at Colorado State University. Viviana is supporting projects related to bird research and conservation in Latin America, including applying novel statistical models to look at overwintering dynamics of Neotropical migrants. She is currently a Quantitative Ecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is active in capacity building efforts of the Neotropical Conservation Initiative Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A native of Costa Rica, Viviana stays active in bird research, monitoring and conservation through work with the Costa Rican Ornithologists’ Union. Phone (970) 449-4541.
|Morgan Tingley, Ph.D., Research Associate|
Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Morgan began working with IBP as a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2011-2012 after completing his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, and continues to collaborate independently with IBP as a research associate. With IBP, Morgan primarily studies the ecology of bird communities in burned forests of the Sierra Nevada, with a focus on Black-backed Woodpecker occurrence, distribution and ecology. To find out more, visit his personal website www.morgantingley.com.