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2017 Mennill Lab Photos

Blaine conducts playback during a Winter Ecology of Birds field course at QUBS.
Photo: B. Landsborough, March 2017

Scoping for early migrants during the Winter Ecology of Birds field course at QUBS.
Photo: I. Moran, March 2017

2016 Mennill Lab Photos

The Mennill Lab 2016.
Back Row: Kelly Schoenberger, Raven Oullette, Dan Mennill, Zachary Kahn, Fatima Serhan, Blaine Landsborough, Kristina Hick, Christopher Moser-Purdy, Cody Fields, Sayf Al-Khazraji, Irtiah Kahn. Front Row: Albana Berberi, Justin Johnson, Alex Bailey, Katie Tracey, Ines Moran, Rachel Hasson, Alana Demko,  Reem Srour, Brendan Graham, Vivian Hui, Nabil Sherghin.

Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016



Mennill Lab Members past and present delivered research presentations at the North American Ornithological Congress, NAOC VI, in Washington D.C. Left to right: Dan Mennill, Kristina Hick, Christopher Moser-Purdy, Karan Odom (now postdoc at Leiden University, Netherlands), Brendan Graham, Ines Moran, Alana Demko, Brendan Graham, Rachel Hasson, Roberto Sosa (now research faculty at CIIDIR, Mexico), and Zach Kahn.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016



Brendan presents his research on genetics of wren song at the NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016

Kristina presents her research on vocal and visual signals in wrens at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016



Ines presents her research on aggressive signaling in sparrows at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016

Blaine presents his research on nocturnal flight calls at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016



Alana presents her findings on Rufous-capped Warbler song at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016

Chris presents his findings on sparrow territorial signaling at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016



Rachel presents her findings on bird migration at NAOC VI.
Photo: Z. Kahn, August 2016
Zach presents his findings on wren communication at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016



Mennill Lab affiliate Jenn Foote presents her findings on Piping Plovers at NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016

University of Windsor students answer ornithological questions in the Jeopardy-style "Student Quiz Bowl" at the NAOC VI.
Photo: D. Mennill, August 2016


2015 Mennill Lab Photos


Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015

Savannah Sparrow on Kent Island.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015


Ines returns from a morning of field recordings.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015

Dan records a Savannah Sparrow on Kent Island.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015


Helmi and Brad preparing to mist-net sparrows.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015

Amy and Brad erect a mist net to capture sparrows.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015


Ines poses with a Savannah Sparrow.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015

Sparrows amidst the Herring Gulls on Kent Island.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015


A Herring Gull with three chicks on Kent Island.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015

A paddling of Common Eiders on Kent Island.
Photo: S. Doucet, June 2015


Rachel on a hike during a research trip to Sault Ste. Marie.
Photo: R. Hasson,  June 2015

Blaine during a research trip to Sault Ste. Marie.
Photo: R. Hasson,  June 2015


Kristina with a Long-billed Gnatwren in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Photo: K. Hick, May 2015

Zach bands a Rufous-and-white Wren in Costa Rica.
Photo: K. Hick, May 2015


The 2015 Mennill Lab Costa Rica Research Team: Roberto Sosa, Brendan Graham, Angela Demarse, Alana Demko, Nick Rehberg-Besler, Zachary Kahn, Kristina Hick (left to right).
Photo by: K. Hick, May 2015


Alana with a Rufous-capped Warbler in Costa Rica.
Photo by: N. Rehberg-Besler, May 2015

Angela holds a rufous-capped Warbler in Costa Rica.
Photo by: N. Rehberg-Besler, May 2015


Dusky-capped Flycatcher in Costa Rica.
Photo: B. Graham, May 2015

Young Caiman in Cano Negro, Costa Rica.
Photo: B. Graham, May 2015


Blaine bands a Golden-winged Warbler at Cabot Head with the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory.
Photo: B. Landsborough, May 2015

Chris releases a Red-winged Blackbird at Queen's University Biological Station.
Photo: C. Moser-Purdy, May 2015

2014 Mennill Lab Photos


Brendan presents his poster on wren genetics at the AOU meeting in Colorado.
Photo by K. Hick: Colorado, Sept. 2014

Alana presents her poster on Rufous-capped Warbler song at the AOU meeting in Colorado.
Photo by K. Hick: Colorado, Sept. 2014


Kristina presents her research on territorial interactions in wrens at the AOU meeting in Colorado.
Photo by K. Hick: Colorado, Sept. 2014

Katrina presents a poster on diel and seasonal variation in sparrow vocalizations at the AOU meeting in Colorado.
Photo by K. Hick: Colorado, Sept. 2014


The Mennill Lab and an elk at the AOU meeting in Colorado.
Photo by L. Sandoval: Colorado, Sept. 2014

Mennill Lab postdoc Lauren Fitzsimmons presents her reseach on dawn singing behaviour of chickadees at the ISBE meeting in New York.
Photo by L. Foote: New York, August 2014


Nick presents his research on toad visaul communication at the ABS meeting at Princeton.
Photo by N. Rehberg-Besler: New Jersey, Aug. 2014

Between the frog bioacoustics symposium that followed the ISBE in New York, and the ABS conference at Princeton, Nick explored the sights of New York City..
Photo by N. Rehberg-Besler: NYC, Aug. 2014


Kristina holds a wren in the Guanacaste Conservation Area.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014

The 2014 Costa Rica field team looking down from the volcanos of Guanacaste.
Photo by B. Graham: Costa Rica, May 2014


Tiffany and a wren in the Costa Rican dry forest.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014

Luis helps Brendan to band Rufous-and-white Wrens in Costa Rica's Central Valley.
Photo by B. Graham: Costa Rica, May 2014


The 2014 Costa Rica team in the neotropical Dry Forest.
Photo by B. Graham: Costa Rica, May 2014

Brendan catches a gnatcatcher.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014


Kristina observes a playback interaction in Costa Rica.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014

Kristina modeling her wren models.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014


Kristina had an up-close encounter with a tapir.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014

A Howler Monkey baby sticks out his tongue.
Photo by K. Hick: Costa Rica, May 2014


Nick and a Neotropical Yellow Toad.
Photo by N. Rehberg-Besler: Costa Rica, May 2014

Nick shows of his clay models of male and female Yellow Toads.
Photo by N. Rehberg-Besler: Costa Rica, May 2014


Christopher bands a sparrow in the dawn light of the Queen's University Biology Station.
Photo by C. Moser-Purdy: QUBS, May 2014

Christopher and his QUBS research colleagues in the Cow Island Marsh.
Photo by C. Moser-Purdy: QUBS, May 2014


The Mennill Lab is testing out the new Wildlife Acoustics SM3 Song Meters this spring.
Photo by L. Fitzsimmons: Peterborough, May 2014

Maddie mounts a secondary microphone for an SM3 Song Meter.
Photo by L. Fitzsimmons: Peterborough, May 2014


Innovative use for baby stroller: transporting microphone array equipment.
Photo by L. Fitzsimmons: Peterborough, May 2014

Lauren lanches an SM3 Song Meter in a forest near Peterborough.
Photo by L. Fitzsimmons: Peterborough, May 2014


C'mon get happy... A Happy Wren in Mexico.
Photo by R. Sosa: Mexico, March 2014

Roberto holds a Happy Wren captured during a research expedition in Chamela, Mexico.
Photo by R. Sosa: Mexico, March 2014


On the occasion of Luis Sandoval's doctoral defense, Katrina baked Dr. Sandoval a Melozone cake.
Photo: Windsor, April 2014

Can you identify this Melozone ground sparrow species from its cake likeness?
Photo: Windsor, April 2014


Mennill Lab Group Photo 2014
In March 2014, we took a group photo of the Mennill Lab in front of our Biology Building. Left to right: Dan Mennill, Katrina Lukianchuk, Nick Rehberg-Besler, Brendan Graham, Matt Watson, Dave Wilson, Kristina Hick, Alana Demko, Alex Harris, Crystal Kelly, Christopher Moser-Purdy, Luis Sandoval, Lauren Fitzsimmons. (In the field: Roberto Sosa.)
Photo: Windsor, March 2014. Photo by P. Martin.

2013 Mennill Lab Photos


The Mennill/Doucet Lab celebrated a great year by having a Christmas Dinner at Rino's Kitchen. Back row from left to right: Kristina, Matt, Luis, Roberto, Brendan, Pierre-Paul, Emily (honourary member), Dave, and Cory (honourary member). Seated from left to right: Nick, Alex, Pamela (honourary member), Katrina, and Alana.
Photo by L. Wilson (also an honourary member): Windsor, December 2013


The Mennill Lab participated in the Cedar Creek Christmas Bird Count in mid-December.
Photo by C. Sanders: Essex County, December 2013

The counters surveyed a route that the Mennill Lab has done for the last eight years.
Photo by C. Sanders: Essex County, December 2013


Five Mennill Labbers had a full day of birding in heavy snowfall.
Photo by C. Sanders: Essex County, December 2013

The counters tallied more than 400 birds of 21 species. This is slightly lower than our typical count; but our typical count isn't done during almost 20cm of snowfall!
Photo by C. Sanders: Essex County, December 2013


The Mennill Lab 2013 CBC team: Sarah Baldo (Mennill Lab aluna and intrepid driver), Brendan Graham, Kristina Hick, Alana Demko, and Claire Sanders (Mennill Lab alumna). Great counting!
Photo by C. Sanders: Essex County, December 2013


The Mennill Lab took a break from the busy fall semester, to enjoy the Craft Beer Festival in Walkerville.
Photo by B. Graham: Windsor, October 2013


Throughout the sring and fall migrations, Mennill Lab Honours Student Matt Watson has been banding birds with the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory. Here's Matt with a colourful male oriole.
Photo by Caroline S.: Essex County, Ontario

I am on sabbatical in 2013-2014. I am conducting research at the French Museum of Natural History, one of the largest museum collections in the world.
Photo by S. Doucet: Paris, September 2013

The museum is a complex of buildings surrounding a beautiful park. It is an inspiring place to conduct sabbatical research.
Photo by S. Doucet: Paris, September 2013


My hosts have provided me with an excellent sabbatical office, which I share with other visitors to the museum.
Photo by S. Doucet: Paris, September 2013
It is a great office for my studies, just steps from the rooms that house  the bird collection, and with many outstanding ornithological resources on hand.
Photo by S. Doucet: Paris, September 2013


The museum's research collection is across the street from the famed "Grand Hall of Evolution", the public part of the museum.
Photo by S. Doucet: Paris, September 2013

Birds on display in the Grand Hall of Evolution.
Photo by S. Doucet: Paris, September 2013


Claire defended her Master's degree in late July 2013. Congratulations Claire! In honour of the occasion, Kristin baked cookies that depict some of the warblers in Claire's thesis.
Photo: Windsor, July 2013

The cookies were both biologically accurate and delicious. The lab celebrated Claire's successful defense while munching on their favourite species.
Photo: Windsor, July 2013


Adrianna also defended her Master's degree in late July 2013.  Congratulations Adrianna! Knowing that Adrianna is going to medical school, Kristin baked her an "Operation" cake.
Photo: Windsor, July 2013

The cake gave Adrianna some early practice with surgical techniques when she sliced it up to share with the lab after her defense.
Photo: Windsor, July 2013


Kristin also defended her Master's degree in late July 2013.  Congratulations Kristin! Her Costa Rica field-mates Brendan, Alana, and Kristina worked together to bake a cake. The cake bar was set very high by Kristin.
Photo: Windsor, July 2013

 The cake was a success. It featured a caramel Rufous-and-white Wren bringing licorice nesting material to its icing acacia tree nest. Note that the acacia tree nest is accurate right down to the ants on the leaves (or are they Beltian bodies?).
Photo: Windsor, July 2013


Luis delivered a talk on his White-eared Ground-sparrow study to the International Bioacoustics Conference in Pirenopolis Brazil.
Photo: Brazil, September 2013

Luis poses with his Brazilian friend in Pirenopolis.
Photo: Brazil, September 2013


Alana poses with a banded Rufous-and-white Wren in Costa Rica.
Photo: Costa Rica, June 2013

Brendan is ready to release a Rufous-and-white Wren in Costa Rica.
Photo: Costa RIca, June 2013


Kristina bands a Rufous-and-white Wren in Costa Rica.
Photo: Costa RIca, June 2013

Nick weighs a toad during the toad emergence research day in Costa Rica.
Photo: Costa Rica, May 2013


Nick holds a toad in Costa Rica, showing off the toad-coloured gloves he wore for the occasion.
Photo: Costa Rica, May 2013

Kristina gathers data on the toad emergence in Costa Rica.
Photo: Costa RIca, May 2013


A Savannah Sparrow sings a song on Kent Island, New Brunswick.
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013

Dan and Ryan set up a playback experiment in New Brunswick.
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013


Dan and Ryan at Bowdoin Scientific Station, New Brunswick..
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013

A Savannah Sparrow responding to playback.
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013


The 2013 Kent Island Savannah Sparrow research team.
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013

Dan prepares Song Meters for deployment outside the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013



A longstanding tradition at the Bowdoin Scientific Research Station is to re-create an iconic photograph from 1934 called "The Four Pioneers". The original photo (at the top left) depicted four of the first biologists to conduct research on Kent Island. You can see three re-enactments above. These photos hang in the dining hall on Kent Island.  At the end of our 2013 field season, Stéphanie, Amy, Ryan, and I did our own re-creation (right). We call it "The Four Playback Pioneers".
Photo: Kent Island 2013


Ryan and Amy drive a stake that will hold a Song Meter to record sparrows on Kent Island.
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013

Amy looks aghast when Ryan breaks a cardinal Mennill-Lab rule: never cut a zip tie if it can be un-done
Photo by S. Doucet: Kent Island, 2013


During a recent field expedition in Mexico, who did Roberto encounter in the middle of the jungle? Frank Gill! It was the rarest sighting of the day.
Photo: Mexico, February 2013

In May, Roberto conducted a week of field research at the Field Museum in Chicago, with the support of a research grant that the Field Museum kindly gave to him.
Photo: Chicago, May 2013


In April 2013, Mennill Lab Honours Student Matt Battiston won the bronze medal for his presentation at the Honours Thesis Colloquium.
Photo: Windsor, April 2013

Department Head Andy Hubberstey congratulates Matt on his award-winning talk.
Photo: T. Pitcher, Windsor, April 2013


In April 2013, I was honoured to receive a "Conservation Champion" award from the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Here, Joe Bachetti, Chair of ERCA, presents the award.
Photo: ERCA, Windsor, April 2013

It was a great pleasure to be recognized alongside other "champions of conservation" from Essex County.
Photo: ERCA, Windsor, April 2013


In February 2013, Mennill Lab PhD Candidate Luis Sandoval received the University of Windsor Research Excellence Award. Congratulations Luis!
Photo: B. Graham, Windsor, February 2013.

Some members of the Mennill and Doucet Labs celebrate with Luis.
Photo: B. Graham, Windsor, February 2013.


Doucet Lab MSc student Katrina Lukianchuk recently defended her Master's. In honour of the occasion, Kristin baked Long-tailed Manakin cupcakes.
Photo: Windsor, February 2013.

Kristin with a tray of Chrioxiphia Cupcakes, including cake pop heads and licorice tails.
Photo: Windsor, February 2013.


During Reading Week 2013, Mennill Labbers Angela Demarse (undergraduate researcher), Adrianna Bruni (MSc student), and Jessica Rose (Tropical Ecology alum) took a field course on winter ecology.
Photo: A. Bruni, Algonquin Park, February 2013.

In a paired design, chickadees showed a preference for Angela's hand over Jessica's hand.
Photo: A. Bruni, Algonquin Park, February 2013.


Jessica and Adrianna pause for a photo while searching for owls on the winter ecology course.
Photo: A. Bruni, Algonquin Park, February 2013.

Jessica, Adrianna, and Angela studied the winter ecology of birds under Paul Martin (Queen's University) through the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology.
Photo: A. Bruni, Lake Ontario, February 2013.

In 2010-2011, Somboon Kamtaeja spent a year in the Mennill Lab conducting research on bulbul vocalizations. Somboon recently convocated with his PhD from Chaing Mai University in Thailand. Congratulations, Somboon!
Photo: S. Kamtaeja, Chaing Mai, Thailand, February 2013.
Here Somboon is pictured with his PhD supervisor, Narit Sitasuwan, and the Animal Behaviour and Ornithology Lab of Chaing Mai University, Thailand.
Photo: S. Kamtaeja, Chaing Mai, Thailand, February 2013.

Mennill Lab Photos from 2005 to 2012 are here