Emerson ‘Keith’ Bowers

GoogleScholarResearchGateAssistant Professor, University of Memphis

ekbowers  ‘at’  memphis  ‘dot’  edu

Keith is an evolutionary ecologist with interests in the consequences of family life — parental care, sexual conflict, parent-offspring conflict, sibling rivalry — in addition to general life-history evolution, ecoimmunology, ecophysiology, and climate change.



Kelly Miller

PhD Student, University of Memphis (starting fall 2017)

kdm5 ‘at’ umail ‘dot’ iu ‘dot’ edu

Kelly is joining the lab this fall to begin her PhD program at Memphis, coming to the UofM from Indiana University, Bloomington. With degrees in both Animal Behavior and Psychology, and a minor in Biology, Kelly is now pondering exactly how she’ll change the way people think about the evolutionary and behavioral ecology of birds. Stay tuned for updates!



Alexander Mueller

Master’s Student, University of Memphis

jmeller2  ‘at’  memphis  ‘dot’  edu

Alex began his program at Memphis in August 2016, coming to the UofM from Illinois Wesleyan University. Alex is interested in conservation ecology and animal behavior. He is conducting experimental and observational studies of the effects of environmental temperatures on the development of avian young.




Jonathan Jenkins

Master’s Student, University of MemphisJonathan1

jbjnkns1  ‘at’  memphis  ‘dot’  edu

Jonathan began his program in August 2016, having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis. Jonathan is interested in animal behavior, and is studying food provisioning and nest defense in the Carolina chickadee.



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 Junior at Valhalla High School

Arisa is conducting research as part of a three-year research course at her high school in New York. She is investigating effects of global climate change on the timing of migration and breeding phenology of birds in North America.



We have an ongoing collaboration with Scott Sakaluk and Charles Thompson at Illinois State University to study the evolutionary and physiological ecology of house wrens. The house wren system was established in 1980 by Charles Thompson, and currently hosts 820 nestboxes available for breeding wrens distributed over ca. 150 ha. Each year, 500-700 nests are produced in these boxes.

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