35 Years of Research Grants Given by the Club

The Williamsburg Bird Club has awarded research grants to graduate students for ornithological research studies at the College of William and Mary since 1982. 

YEAR AWARDEE(S) PROJECT  AWARDS AMOUNT    Mentor Peer-reviewed article published
1982 Bob Anderson Eastern Shore Birdlife - Studies of Feeding and Population Dynamics of American Oystercatchers  $250.00  $250.00 Byrd  
  Fenton Day Eastern Shore Birdlife - Studies of the effects that Herrring Gull Colonies have on Adjacent Tern and Skimmer Colonies  $250.00  $500.00 Byrd  
1983 Irene Rusnak Home Range and Habitat Utilization of Resident Bald Eagle Pairs in Virginia  $500.00  $1,000.00 Byrd  
1984 Chuck Rosenberg  Research on nesting Barn Owls  $250.00  $1,250.00 Byrd  
  Tim Kinkead Nesting ecology of Ospreys  $250.00  $1,500.00 Byrd  
1985 Peter McLean Studies of Chesapeake Bay Ospreys  $500.00  $2,000.00 Byrd  
1986 Lynn Walter Research on the food caching behavior of Carolina Chickadees  $500.00  $2,500.00 Byrd  
1987 Bob Cross Studies of Piping Plovers on Virginia's Eastern Shore barrier islands  $500.00  $3,000.00 Byrd  
1988 Bob Cross Studies of Piping Plovers on Virginia's Eastern Shore barrier islands  $500.00  $3,500.00 Byrd  
1989 Bob Cross Studies of Piping Plovers on Virginia's Eastern Shore barrier islands  $500.00  $4,000.00 Byrd  
1990 Kennedy Clark Shoreline Habitat Selection by Bald Eagles in Non-Breeding Concentration Area on the James River  $250.00  $4,250.00 Byrd  
  Gregory Keller Nesting Substrate Preference and Breeding Success of Common Terns and Black Skimmers in Virginia  $250.00  $4,500.00 Beck  
1991 Tim O'Connell The Effects of Gull Predation on the Colony Reproductive Success of Terns and Skimmers in Virginia  $500.00  $5,000.00 Beck  
1992 Ellen Bentley A description and landscape analysis of the habitat requirements of Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets and Green-backed Herons in Tidewater Virginia  $500.00  $5,500.00 Beck  
1993 Kristine Clements Research on Great Blue Herons along the James and Chickahominy Rivers  $500.00  $6,000.00 Beck  
1994 Kristol  Matthews Nesting habitats of Black Skimmers  $500.00  $6,500.00 Beck  
1995 Elaine Mertus Investigating nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers on Jamestown Island  $500.00  $7,000.00 Beck  
1996 David Whalen The Breeding Ecology of Barn Owls in Upland versus Marsh Habitats in Virginia  $500.00  $7,500.00 Watts J. Field Ornithology, Auk
1997 Chris Gordon Is Food Acquisition a Limiting Factor in the Reproductive Success of the Black Skimmer  $300.00  $7,800.00 Beck Waterbirds
  Valerie Weiss Population Declines and Habitat Requirements of the Brown-headed Nuthatch  $300.00  $8,100.00 Cristol  
1998 Karen Johnson Determination of Spring Departure in White-throated Sparrows  $500.00  $8,600.00 Cristol J. Experimental Zoology
1999 Jenny Gamble Learning of Drop-Catch behavior in Herring Gulls Foraging on Clams   $500.00  $9,100.00 Cristol Animal Behaviour
2000 Renae Held Tern nesting on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel  $500.00  $9,600.00 Beck  
  Emillie Snell-Rood* Constructed Wetlands as Habitat for Native Birds   $500.00  $10,100.00 Cristol Condor
2001 Kevin Croll Habitat Use, Productivity, and Winter Dispersal of the American Oystercatcher in Virginia  $500.00  $10,600.00 Beck  
  David DesRochers Birds of Man-made Salt Marshes  $500.00  $11,100.00 Cristol Ecoscience
2002 Alexandria Wilke Research on American Oystercatchers on Virginia's Barrier Islands  $500.00  $11,600.00 Watts Waterbirds
2003 Alexandria Wilke Research on American Oystercatchers on Virginia's Barrier Islands  $500.00  $12,100.00 Watts  
  Catherine Markham The influence of salinity on diet, prey delivery, and nestling growth in Bald Eagles in the Lower Chesapeake Bay   $500.00  $12,600.00 Watts Auk, J. Raptor research
2004 Elizabeth Long Prey Selection of Peregrine Falcons During Breeding Season in Virginia  $500.00  $13,100.00 Watts  
  Caitlin Kight The effects of human disturbance on the breeding success of cavity-nesting bird species  $500.00  $13,600.00 Swaddle Biological Conservation
2005 Caitlin Kight The effects of human disturbance on the breeding success of cavity-nesting bird species  $500.00  $14,100.00 Swaddle  
  Ariel White Mercury Effects in Belted Kingfisher and Eastern Screech-Owls  $500.00  $14,600.00 Cristol Waterbirds
2006 Caitlin Kight The effects of human disturbance on the breeding success of cavity-nesting bird species  $500.00  $15,100.00 Swaddle  
  Anne Condon An examination of mercury levels in fledgling birds along contaminated portions of the South and Shenandoah Rivers in Virginia  $500.00  $15,600.00 Cristol Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  Rebecka Brasso The effects of mercury contamination on the nesting of tree swallows  $500.00  $16,100.00 Cristol Ecotoxicology
2007 Joanna Hubbard Choosy birds choose who?  Exploring male mate choice in eastern bluebirds  $500.00  $16,600.00 Swaddle Auk
  Elise Larsen Impacts of urban development on bird diversity in the Coastal Plain: the role of diet  $500.00  $17,100.00 Watts  
  Mikaela Howie Distance from aquatic source to which mercury contamination affects wildlife  $500.00  $17,600.00 Cristol  
2008 Allyson Jackson Golf Courses as Replacement Habitats: Effects on Fledgling Survival?  $500.00  $18,100.00 Cristol J. Wildlife Management
  Mikaela Howie The Infiltration of Aquatic Mercury into the Terrestrial Ecosystem  $500.00  $18,600.00 Cristol  
  Ryan Burdge Pesticide Exposure and Diet of an Insectivorous Songbird on Virginia Golf Courses  $500.00  $19,100.00 Cristol  
2009 Leah Wilson Mate guarding behavior in the Australian Zebra Finch:  Is it flexible and Optimized  $500.00  $19,600.00 Swaddle Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  Marie Pitts Reproductive success of eastern bluebirds on golf courses: habitat effects across multiple spatial scales  $500.00  $20,100.00 Swaddle  
  Andrew McGann Rusty Blackbird:  Winter Ecology of a Disappearing Species  $500.00  $20,600.00 Cristol Condor
2010 Sarah Lemelin Effects of Mercury on Reproductive Success and Adrenocortical Function   $500.00  $21,100.00 Cristol Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
  Catherine Lewis The Sublethal Effects of Mercury on the Songbird Immune Systems: An Experimental Study  $500.00  $21,600.00 Cristol Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
  Amanda Bessler The Effect of Mercury on Zebra Finch Spatial Memory   $500.00  $22,100.00 Cristol  
2011 Megan Kobiela The Effect of Mercury on Starvation and Predation Risk Tradeoffs in Zebra Finches  $500.00  $22,600.00 Swaddle Animal Behaviour
  Jenna Carlson Sublelethal effects of methylmercury on avian flight: a captive dosing study on European Starlings  $500.00  $23,100.00 Swaddle Ecotoxicology
  Kenton Buck Variation and Heritability of Avian Mercury Bioaccumulation  $500.00  $23,600.00 Swaddle PLoS ONE
2012 Morgan Niccoli Is Occupany Modeling a Feasible Alternative to Collecting Demography Data?  $500.00  $24,100.00 Leu  
  Jessica Ebers The Effect of Methylmercury on Immune Response to a Common Parasite in Songbirds  $500.00  $24,600.00 Cristol  
  Courtney Turrin Negative Feedback Effects of Population Saturation in Bald Eagles in the Chesapeake Bay  $500.00  $25,100.00 Watts Ardea, J. Raptor Research
2013 Vitek Jirinec Wood Thrush habitat use at the home range scale: implications for local distribution  $500.00  $25,600.00 Leu Condor
  Margaret Whitney The Impact of Methylmercury on Passerine Migratory Behavior  $500.00  $26,100.00 Cristol  
  Ghazi Mahjoub Effectiveness of a "Sonic Net" at an outdoor aviary: implications for reduced aircraft bird strikes  $500.00  $26,600.00 Swaddle Bulletin of the Wildlife Society
2014 Stephanie Chin The effect of dietary methylmercury on parental care of a model avian species  $599.00  $27,199.00 Cristol  
  Autumn Swan Effect of Noise on the Social Structure of European Starlings  $599.00  $27,798.00 Swaddle  
  Akshay Deverakonda* Determining Space Use of Breeding Wood Thrush Pairs in Southeastern Virginia  $599.00  $28,397.00 Leu  
2015 Sarah Wolf Assessing the ototoxic effects of methylmercury exposure in the zebra finch  $599.00  $28,996.00 Cristol Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  Virginia Greene Mercury and Mate Choice in Zebra Finches  $599.00  $29,595.00 Cristol  
  Nicole Ingrassia Using sound as a barrier to bird strikes with stationary objects  $599.00  $30,194.00 Swaddle  
  Nicholas Newberry*
The investigation of the relationship between housing prices and bird diversity 
 $599.00  $30,793.00 Cristol  
2016 Juan Botero Inducing Oxidative Stress in Captive Zebra Finches  $599.00  $31,392.00 Cristol  
  Nicholas Newberry* Exploring the Relationship Between the Birds Outside and the Price on the ‘For Sale’ Sign  $599.00  $31,991.00 Cristol  
  Virginia Greene Toxic Song:  The Effects of Mercury on Song Attractiveness in Zebra Finches.  $599.00  $32,590.00 Cristol  
  Ohad Paris The Effects of Methyl-mercury Exposure During Development on Songbird Reproductive Success  $599.00  $33,189.00 Cristol  
  Sarah Wolf Assessing the effects of mercury on hearing: auditory brainstem response in the zebra finch  $599.00  $33,788.00 Cristol  
2017 Megan Thompson A Study of the Cognitive Memory of Birds and their Ability to Avoid a Toxic Food Source  $599.00   Swaddle  
  Carly Hawkins Investigating the effects of anthropogenic noise disturbance on songbird social networks  $599.00   Swaddle  
  Ananda Menon The effect of Mercury on Reproductive Function in Male Songbirds  $599.00   Swaddle  
  TOTAL AWARDED    $35,585.00     25 led to peer-reviewed article published
  * undergraduate student          
  72 GRANTS AWARDED