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Principal Investigator
Dr. Rebecca Holberton
University of Maine
School of Biology and Ecology
223 Murray Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5751
E-mail: Rebecca.Holberton"AT"
Phone: 207-581-2526
Fax: 207-581-2537

My work focuses on the ecology, behavior and physiology of bird migration and how the period of migration integrates with other activities of the annual cycle.  For more information about me and my work go to Holberton page.

Research Staff
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Wesley Wright (Assistant Scientist)
University of Maine
School of Biology and Ecology
313B Murray Hall
Orono, Maine 04401-5751
E-mail: wwright"AT"
Phone: 207-581-2591    

Wes is currently assigned to two faculty members in the School of Biology and Ecology, Dr. Michael Kinnison and Dr. Rebecca Holberton. At present, the Kinnison lab group consists of four graduate students, six undergrad student employees, a part time professional, a full time technician, and a post doc. His duties for both groups are to manage the labs, help implement and oversee the various research projects and to hire, train and allocate student workers to projects as needed.

Current Graduate Students

Current Undergraduate Students

Former Graduate Students (University of Maine)

Christopher Tonra (M.S. Humboldt State University, B.A. State University of New York, Albany)

Ph.D . (2011) The role of breeding preparation in migration phenology and seasonal interactions in migratory passerines. Current location: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, Washington, DC. (Christopher.Tonra"AT"

Stephen Agius (B.S.Unity College)

MS (2008) Can patterns of energeticcondition explain differences in the productivity of Arctic and Common Terns at Petit Manan Island, Maine? (stephen.agius"AT"

Kristen Covino (B.S. Canisius College)

MS (2008) The influence of energetic condition on flight initiation and orientation of migratory passerines in the Gulf of Maine region ( kristen.covino"AT"

Brent Horton (B.S. Colorado State University)

Ph.D (2007) Endocrine correlates of variation in parental care in the polymorphic White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). Current location: Postdoctoral Fellow, Emery Univ – Donna Maney

Jason Johnston (M.S. University of Delaware, B.A. Bowdoin College)

Ph.D (2007) Effects of forest management and food availability on energetic condition of breeding Hermit Thrushes (Catharus guttatus). Current location: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine at Presque Isle

Jennifer Long (M.S. Southeastern Louisiana University, B.S. University of California, Davis)

Ph.D. (2007) Hormonal and cellular mechanisms of migratory fattening in the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis). Current location: Assistant Professor of Biology, Husson University, ME (longj"AT"

Sarah Wilder (B.A. Middlebury College)

M.S. (2007) Using phenotypic engineering to understand the currently adaptive parental behaviors of male and female Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)

Deborah Perkins (A.A. Sterling College, B.S. University of Montana)

M.S. (2004) Energetic condition as a function of parental investment of Ruddy Turnstones (Aremaria interpres) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic

Former Graduate Students (University of Mississippi)

W. Benjamin Cash - Ph.D. (2000) The Effects of Changing Habitat Quality on the Behavior and Endocrinology of a Freshwater Turtle, Trachemys scripta. Associate Professor, Maryville College, TN ("AT"

Christopher Sims - Ph.D. (2002) Ecology and Endocrine Physiology of Post-Natal Dispersal in the Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottis. Assistant Professor, U. Arkansas at Monticello (simsc"AT"
Charles Morgan Wilson - Ph.D. (2002) The Endocrine Basis of Trade-offs Between Immediate Survival and Reproductive Success in Arctic and Temperate Breeding Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia). Assistant Professor, Hollins University, VA (mwilson"AT"
Meredith Hunter - M.S. (2002) The Role of Gonadal Hormones and the Progression of Pre-nuptial Molt in the American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)