L-R: Alex, Kelly, Keith, Jonathan, Raven

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

kdmller3 ‘at’ memphis ‘dot’ edu

Kelly comes to the UofM from Indiana University, Bloomington. With degrees in both Animal Behavior and Psychology, and a minor in Biology, Kelly is currently 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 comes to the UofM from Illinois Wesleyan University, with interests in conservation and animal behavior. His thesis work involves studying effects of environmental temperatures on the development of avian young.




Jonathan Jenkins

Master’s Student, University of MemphisJonathan1

jbjnkns1  ‘at’  memphis  ‘dot’  edu

Jonathan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis. He is interested in animal behavior, and is studying components of parental care including food provisioning and nest defense.



Raven Davis

Senior Undergrad, University of Memphis

Raven is a very talented psychology major with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience and minors in biology and Spanish. She loves learning and is particularly interested in anything neurological. Currently, the goal is to go to medical school and pursue an MD/PhD.



Arisa Fouriearisa-silhouette

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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