Fall 2014

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Autumn is here, and most lab members have returned from the far ends of the earth to New Orleans for fall semester at Tulane. It was quite the summer, and things show little sign of slowing down in the fall. Since the last update, we received a grant from the National Science Foundation for work on white-shouldered fairy-wrens in Papua New Guinea, and had publications come out in Evolution, Canadian Journal of Zoology, and Journal of Tropical Ecology. Jenny Hazlehurst spent 3 months in Manu National Park, Peru, where she and her team took...

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Spring 2014

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Spring semester has come to an end, and the Lab is preparing to scatter to the far corners of the globe for research and conservation activities! Lots of exciting news from these past few months, and lots of good things to look forward to. Brock and Scott are already in the midst of field work with Brown Pelicans on the Gulf Coast, deploying GPS tracking units, and researching chick survival. Brock received a SeaGrant to bring on undergrad Lily Armstrong-Davies as a field assistant.         Jenny received a grant...

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Winter 2013 – 14

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It’s been a busy winter break and start of the semester for the Karubian lab! First off, we’d like to welcome Roxanne Franta (4+1 MS student) and this year’s NSF IRES fellows Alex Gulachenski and Nicole Moody to the lab. In December, Jordan took a trip to Ecuador to attend FCAT’s second annual Environmental Fair in La Y de la laguna, in the Mache-Chindul Reserve. With the theme of ‘Migratory Bird Conservation’, the fair included poetry competitions, a migratory bird costume exhibition, and gowns made of recycled material. The event was...

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Fall 2013

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fall 2013

Welcome to the newly redesigned Karubian lab webpage! Special thanks to Jess Henkel of Caz Taylor’s lab and Thomas Cheek for helping getting it set up, and Murray Cooper for letting us use his amazing photos. Lots of news to catch up on… First off, check out these latest publications out of the Karubian lab: Effects of forest disturbance and habitat loss on avian communities in a Neotropical biodiversity hotspot by Durães et al. (PDF) in Biological Conservation and Female ornamentation in Malurus fairy-wrens: a hidden evolutionary...

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June 2013

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Summer is in full swing, and the lab is scattered far and wide.  Jenny is in Peru working on her hummingbirds and flowerpiercers.  Luke Browne is in Ecuador conducting seed dispersal research in Bilsa Biological Station. Sam Lantz is in Australia working with red-backed fairy-wrens and coordinating our International Research Experience for Students (IRES) project.  Erik Enbody has spent time in Australia with Sam learning the ropes and is now in Papua New Guinea working with white-shouldered fairy-wrens.  Scott is in Europe advancing his...

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April 2013

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A good month for student research! Sam, Luke, and Mitch all presented posters at the annual Tulane SSE Research Day poster session. Luke also received funding from the Explorer’s Club, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane, the Tinker Foundation, and the American Ornithologist’s Union for his upcoming field season in Ecuador. He presented work in collaboration with Kym Ottewell and Jordan Karubian on the genetic and demographic consequences of forest fragmentation in Ecuador forOenocarpus bataua as part of Tulane’s Ecolunch...

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February 2013

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Scott’s manuscript ‘Hurricane, Habitat Degredation, And Land Loss Effects On Brown Pelican Nesting Colonies’ has been accepted to the Journal of Coastal Research. Furthermore, Scott has submitted the full grant proposal to National Geographic requesting funds to continue our GPS tracking work with Brown Pelicans in Alabama and Louisiana. This work seeks to gain an understanding of pelican foraging behaviors within the context of hypoxia-induced shifts in the distribution of the pelican’s dominant prey, the Gulf Menhaden. Jordan was appointed...

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January 2013

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Scott presented the talk ‘Brown Pelican Foraging and Nesting in Relation to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’ at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans, LA.  Furthermore, Scott submitted the manuscript ‘Hurricane, Habitat Degradation, and Land Loss Effects on Brown Pelican Nesting Colonies’ to theJournal of Coastal Research. On the international front, Sam has recently returned from three weeks collecting red-backed fairy wren data during the wet season in Australia.

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December 2012

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Jordan and Luke visited the Chocó rainforests in Ecuador to field test techniques to radio track palm seeds, and also hold an Environmental Fair in La Y de la Laguna that was attended by > 400 local residents.  Jordan also recently received a grant from the LA Board of Regents P-FUND program for work on white-shouldered fairy-wrens in Papau New Guinea.  As for Sam, she is soon off for Australia to continue her doctoral research on red-backed fairy-wrens.  Finally, congratulations to Jenny for advancing to PhD candidacy!  Happy holidays,...

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November 2012

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Scott T. Walter’s manuscript ‘Brown pelican colony initiation attempts: Translocations and decoys’ was accepted for publication by the journal Waterbirds.  Also, his manuscript ‘Hurricane, habitat degradation, and land loss effects on brown pelican nesting colonies’ was submitted to the journal Bird Conservation International.  Finally, his grant pre-proposal ‘Effects of hypoxia on brown pelican foraging ecology and demographic processes’ submitted to National Geographic was accepted! The article in The American Naturalist – ‘Use of...

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