Meet Our Lab!


Scott RobinsonScott K. Robinson

Scott’s career in avian ecology has spanned many disciplines, including community ecology, landscape ecology, demography, and behavior. Much of his work has occurred in  temperate  forests of New England and the Midwest and tropical rainforests in Peru. As director of the Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation he oversees a large group of graduate students pursuing research in tropical landscapes throughout the world.

Graduate Students

Stephanie Wheeler

Stephanie is studying the social behavior of colonial nesting Weavers in Kenya.

Daniel Montalvo

Daniel  is examining avian community assembly along a moisture gradient in his native Ecuador.

Diego Garcia Olaechea

Diego studies the ecology and conservation of dry forest bird communities in northern Peru. He is a researcher with Corbidi and is advised by Dr. Bette Loiselle in the Department of Wildlife and Conservation (WEC) and co-advised by Dr. Scott Robinson.

Mitch Walters

Mitch just finished his MS in the Ordway Lab studying the influence of anthropogenic noise on Northern Mockingbird song and behavior. He is staying on for his PhD and will be developing a project regarding tropical avian ecology

Recent Lab Alumni

Ian AuspreyIan Ausprey (2021), Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bern, Switzerland

I try to understand the patterns and processes shaping avian community assembly  in high elevation cloud forests of the Peruvian Andes undergoing rapid fragmentation. Using a mix of community-wide surveys, mist netting, radio telemetry, bio-logging technology, and vegetation surveys I plan to (1) describe how landscape heterogeneity and functional traits explain patterns in avian community structure among forest fragments and (2) explore how potential mechanistic links, including space use, micro-habitat selection, and light micro-environments, contribute towards community assembly in fragmented landscapes.   The work occurs in Amazonas, Peru amidst one of the most dramatic disruptions in the Andes Mountains, creating extreme topographical and climatic complexity. I and fellow graduate student Felicity Newell started the project Aves del Bosque Montano Peruano to help share our science with our local community partners via environmental outreach programs.


Felicity Newell

Felicity Newell (2021), Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florida

Felicity is interested in avian ecology and conservation. Her work focuses on understanding the mechanisms of how species interactions are affected by changes to their environment, and ultimately how these changes scale-up to influence population and community-level processes. Previous work has included examining effects of forest fragmentation, stream acidification, and forest management, mostly focused on neotropical migratory songbirds in both temperate and tropical systems. Felicity is currently studying effects of climate on tropical montane birds in the Andes Mountains of northern Peru. She is trying to understand how abiotic factors, such as temperature and rainfall, influence breeding ecology of a range of montane bird species based on their behavior and life history traits. Felicity is also working with education and outreach in local communities to promote conservation in northern Peru with the project Aves del Bosque Montano Peruano.


Harry JonesHarry Jones (2020), Southwest Avian Ecologist, Institute for Bird Populations

Harrison Jones is in the effects of forest fragmentation on the conservation of biodiversity in anthropogenic landscapes. His thesis project focuses on how mixed-species foraging flocks of birds and boreal migrant species respond to a gradient of habitat loss and disturbance in the Andes. He works in subtropical cloud forest in the Western Andes of Colombia (Valle del Cauca department), a hotspot for endemic and endangered bird species in the Northern Andes mountain range. His research interests include applied behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, avian natural history, and tropical montane ecology.

Elise Morton (2019), Assistant Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Elise is using a 20-year data set to examine avian community turnover in response to climate change along an elevation gradient in Rwanda. She is advised by Dr. Madan Oli in the Department of Wildlife and Conservation (WEC) and co-advised by Dr. Scott Robinson.

Past Alumni

Dr. Juan Pablo Gomez (2016): Assistant Professor, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia

Dr. Judit Ungvari-Martin (2016): Research & Innovation Officer, George Mason University Institute for a Sustainable Earth

Dr. Carrie Vath (2014): Dean of Students, Southern Oregon University

Dr. Ari Martinez (2013): Assistant Professor, California State University Long Beach

Dr. Gustavo Londoño (2013): Assistant Professor, Universidad ICESI, Colombia

Dr. Jill Jankowski (2010): Assistant Professor, University of British Colombia

Dr. Christine Stracey Richard (2010): Assistant Professor, Guilford College, NC

Group Photo 2011 May 2009