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Daniel Mennill  Associate Professor
Email: dmennillATuwindsorDOTca
Web: www.uwindsor.ca/dmennill

Dan's research interests include behavioural ecology and animal communication with a special focus on acoustic communication in birds. Dan received a BArtSci from McMaster University, a PhD from Queen's University, and conducted post-doctoral research at Cornell University and Auburn University. He joined the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor in 2005 and was granted tenure in 2008. In 2011 he received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching, the University of Windsor's top teaching award. In 2014 he was awarded a research chair by the University of Windsor called the Faculty of Science Research Excellence Award in Environment and Ecosystem. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, and a member of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Animal Behavior Society. Dan is an Associate Editor at the journal Biology Letters.




Postdoctoral Fellows

Lauren Fitzsimmons  NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: lauren.p.fitzsimmonsATgmailDOTcom
Lauren's Homepage

Lauren studies behavioural ecology with a focus on sexual signals, social signals, and long-distance communication in wild animals. She received her BSc from Queen's University, where she conducted an Honours thesis with Raleigh Robertson on Golden-winged Warblers. She conducted her MSc in the Mennill Lab, studying communication networks in Black-capped Chickadees, and received the Governor General's Gold Medal upon graduation. She received her PhD from Carleton University, working with Susan Bertram to study mating behaviour and communication behaviour in crickets.  Lauren joined the Mennill as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in 2013.



Roberto Sosa  Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: sosaloATuwindsorDOTca
Roberto's Homepage

Roberto joined the Mennill Lab in January 2009 conducting a doctoral research program on the vocal behaviour of neotropical birds. Roberto received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) where he studied geographic variation in the songs of Common Bush Tanagers and Rufous-naped Wrens.  His doctoral research focuses on the evolution of song in Troglodytes wrens.



David Wilson  Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: drwilsonATuwindsorDOTca
Dave's Homepage

Dave's research focuses on animal communication, cognition, and sexual selection. He conducted his MSc research in Jim Hare's lab at University of Manitoba where he studied ultrasonic alarm calls in Ground Squirrels. He received his PhD from Macquarie University in Australia, studying vocal communication and mate choice in fowl in Chris Evans' lab. Dave joined the Mennill Lab in January 2009 conducting postdoctoral research on black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) with the support of a fellowship from Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation and the University of Windsor, and in 2011 with the support of an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship.


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Graduate Students

Alana Demko  Ph.D. Student 
Email: demkoATuwindsorDOTca

Alana joined the Mennill Lab in Spring of 2013 as a research technician, with her formal graduate program beginning in September of 2013. Alana received her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria, and her Master's degree from Dalhousie University where she worked under Cindy Staicer and Len Reitsma to study the vocal behaviour of Canada Warblers. Her doctoral research will focus on animal commnication and the behavioural ecology of tropical birds.



Brendan Graham  Ph.D. Candidate
Email: graham1gATuwindsorDOTca

Brendan joined the lab in April 2011 as a research technician studying vocal behaviour in tropical Rufous-and-white Wrens. He received his BSc from University of Regina and his MSc from University of Lethbridge, where he worked with Theresa Burg to study the population genetics of Hairy Woodpeckers. Brendan worked as a research technician in the lab in summer 2011 before beginning his PhD program in September 2011.



Kristina Hick  M.Sc. Student 
Email: hick1ATuwindsorDOTca

Kristina joined the Mennill Lab in 2013. Kristina received her undergraduate degree from McMaster University, where she studied aggressive interactions in fish under Sigal Balshine. Her Master's research will focus on animal communication and aggressive signalling in tropical birds.  Kristina is co-supervised by Dr. Stephanie Doucet.



Christopher Moser-Purdy  M.Sc. Student 
Email: comingsoonATuwindsorDOTca

Christopher joined the Mennill Lab in spring of 2014 as a research technician with his graduate program beginning in September of 2014. Christopher received his undergraduate degree from McMaster University where he studied plant ecology with Susan Dudley and Ben Evans and avian social behaviour with Jim Quinn and Cody Dey. His Master's research focuses on microphone-array studies of the singing behaviour and territorial behaviour of temperate songbirds.



Tiffany Olsen  M.Sc. Student 
Email: comingsoonATuwindsorDOTca

Tiffany joined the Mennill Lab in spring of 2014 as a research technician with her graduate program beginning in September of 2014. Tiffany received her undergraduate degree from University of Victoria, and then held many field technician positions in Canada and the Neotropics. Her Master's research focuses on the acoustics and vocal behaviour of neotropical songbirds.



Nick Rehberg-Besler  M.Sc. Student 
Email: rehbergATuwindsorDOTca

Nick joined the Mennill Lab in 2013. Nick received his undergraduate degree from MacEwan University in Alberta, where he studied bioacoustics in wood frogs with Shannon Digweed. His Master's research will focus on bioacoustoics and the behavioural ecology of neotropical amphibians and birds. Nick is co-supervised by Dr. Stephanie Doucet.



Luis Sandoval  Ph.D. Candidate
Email: sandovalATuwindsorDOTca
Luis' Homepage

Luis joined the Mennill Lab in 2010. Luis received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Costa Rica, where he studied vocal behaviour and territoriality in Spot-bellied Bobwhites. After completing his Master's, Luis worked as a teacher at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, served as an Editor for the Costa Rican Ornithologist Union, and a coordinator of the Important Bird Areas of Costa Rica project. His doctoral work will focus on the vocal behaviour of Costa Rican birds.



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Research Technicians

Katrina Lukianchuk  Research Technician

Katrina joined the Mennill Lab in spring of 2014 as a research technician studying the vocal behaviour of Savannah Sparrows. Katrina received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta and her Master's degree in the Doucet Lab at the University of Windsor, studying the dancing behaviour of Long-tailed Manakins.



Honours Thesis Students

Matt Watson  Undergraduate Researcher and Summer Research Student (2010-2013), Honours Thesis Student (2013-2014)

Matt joined the Mennill Lab in 2010 conducting volunteer research on the vocal behaviour of chickadees. In the summers of 2012 and 2013 Matt worked in the laboratory as a summer researcher student, studying the migratory biology of birds moving through Essex county using new recording technologies, supported generously by a grant from the Caldwell First Nation. Matt is conducting his Honours Thesis research on migratory behaviour of birds in Essex County, under the co-supervision of Dan and Mennill Lab Postdoc Dr. David Wilson.


Undergraduate Research Students

Alex Harris  Summer Research Student (2012), NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award holder (2013), BCN Research Volunteer (2013-2014)

Alex joined the Mennill Lab in 2012 as a summer research student. He is conducting laboratory-based studies, involving new computer software for studying the singing behaviour of temperate and tropical birds. Alex is a first year student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor.


Previous Mennill Lab Members

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

Jennifer Foote  NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (2010)
Jenn Foote conducted NSERC-funded postdoctoral research in the Mennill Lab in 2010 on dawn chorus singing behaviour in songbirds. Jenn moved on to a tenure-track position in the Biology Department at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. (Link to Jenn's website)


Previous Doctoral Students

Roberto Sosa  Ph.D. Student (2009-2014)
Roberto's Homepage
Roberto conducted Doctoral studies on the evolution and vocal behaviour of Troglodytes wrens. Roberto was nominated for the Governor General's Gold Medal on the occasion of his defense. After completing his PhD, Roberto conducted postdoctoral studies of wrens and parrots under the co-supervision of Dan and Katherine Renton.





Previous Master's Students

Tyne Baker  M.Sc. Student (2010-2012)
Tyne conducted Master's research on vocal interactions in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). After completing her MSc, Tyne went on to work as a project manager and research technician at the Unviersity of Manitoba.


Sarah Baldo  M.Sc. Student  (2010-2012)
Sarah conducted research in the Mennill Lab throughout her undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor, culminating in an Honours Thesis on the vocal behaviour of Great Curassows in 2010. Then Sarah completed an MSc (co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Love) on acoustic communication in Snow Buntings. She went on to teacher's college at the University of Windsor.


Nicole Barker  M.Sc. Student (2006-2008)
Nicole conducted Master's research on sound transmission in neotropical habitats, including a detailed study of male versus female song transmission in Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thryothorus rufalbus). After completing her MSc, Nicole went on to the PhD program at Université Laval.


David Bradley  M.Sc. Student (2006-2008)
David conducted Master's research on vocal behaviour of Rufous-naped Wrens (Campylorhynchus rufinucha), a cooperatively breeding neotropical bird. After completing his MSc, David went on to the PhD program at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.


Adrianna Brunni  M.Sc. Student  (2012-2013)
Adrianna conducted Master's research on the dawn chorus dynamics of temperate songbird communities, and the influence of light pollution on singing behaviour. After completing her MSc, Adrianna went on to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.


Sarah Douglas  M.Sc. Student (2008-2011)
Sarah Douglas (nee Tremain) conducted Master's research on paternity and duetting behaviour in Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thryothorus rufalbus). After completing her MSc, Sarah went on to work as a naturalist at Pinery Provincial Park.


Lauren Fitzsimmons  M.Sc. Student (2005-2007)
Lauren Fitzsimmons (nee Reed) conducted Master's research on network-level communication behaviour in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). She received the prestigious Governer General's Gold Medal for her Master's research. After completing her MSc, Lauren went on to a PhD program at Carleton University.


Julie Koloff  M.Sc. Student (2008-2010)
Julie conducted Master's research on both descriptive and experimental aspects of the vocal behaviour of Barred Antshrikes (Thamnophilus doliatus). After completing her MSc, Julie worked as a research technician in Windsor and an environmental consultant in Calgary.


Kristin Kovach  M.Sc. Student (2011-2013)
Kristin conducted Master's research on the vocal behaviour of tropical wrens, focusing on the importance of coordination in the duets of three tropical wren species, and the importance of duets near the nest in Rufous-and-white Wrens.


Van La  M.Sc. Student (2008-2010)
Van conducted Master's research on landscape-scale communication networks in Common Loons (Gavia immer). After completing her MSc, Van went on to the PhD program at University of Guelph.


Dugan Maynard  M.Sc. Student (2009-2012)
Dugan conducted Master's research on vocal communication in Long-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis). After completing his MSc, Dugan worked for tropical biologists at Florida State University and Drexel University.


Karan Odom  M.Sc. Student (2007-2009)
Karan conducted Master's research on vocal behaviour of Barred Owls (Strix varia). After completing her MSc, Karan went to work on a research fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History and then the PhD program at University of Maryland.


Anneka Osmun  M.Sc. Student (2008-2010)
Anneka conducted Master's research on repertoire use by duetting birds, focusing on vocal behaviour Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thryothorus rufalbus). After completing her MSc, Anneka went on to travel and work in New Zealand and Korea.


Claire Sanders  M.Sc. Student (2011-2013)
Claire conducted Master's research on night flight call monitoring of birds in Essex County, including the importance of geographic features in the migration patterns of migrants over the western basin of Lake Erie.


Kyle Swiston  M.Sc. Student (2006-2007)
Kyle conducted Master's research on analytical techniques for processing long digital field recordings, including a search for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (Campephilus principalis) in Florida. After completing his MSc, Kyle worked as computer technician and a laboratory technician, before beginning teacher's college at University of Western Ontario.


Stephanie Topp  Master's Student (2005-2007)
Steph conducted Master's research on seasonal variation in the vocal behaviour of Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thryothorus rufalbus). After completing her MSc, Steph worked with an NGO in Ecuador and several field research jobs before beginning teacher's college in Toronto.


Previous Visiting Researchers

Christini Caselli   Visiting Researcher (2012)
Tina was a visiting researcher in the Mennill Lab for six months in 2012, studying the ecology and vocal behaviour of Black-fronted Titi Monkeys. Her six-month term as a visiting scientist was funded by a generous grant from the Government of Brazil to Christini.


Stephanie Doucet  Visiting Researcher (2005-2006)
Stephanie was a visiting researcher in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab while she wrote her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Geoff Hill at Auburn University. Stephanie is now an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor.


Sandra Gallo  Visiting Researcher (2008-2009)
Sandra conducted research in the Mennill Lab starting in 2008-2009, studying Rock Wrens (Salpinctes obsoletus). Sandra returned to Mexico where she continued to study bird songs and sound scapes from both a scientific and artistic perspective.


Somboon Kamtaeja  Visiting Researcher (2010-2011)
Somboon spent a year in the Mennill Lab as a visiting research scientist supported by a Strategic Scholarships Fellowship from the Thailand Frontier Research Networks.  As a PhD at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, he studied the songs of Pycnonotus bulbuls in the lab. Somboon returned to Thailand to complete his PhD.


Sandra Valderrama  Visiting Researcher (2006)
Sandra was a visiting researcher in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab in 2006 studying the critically endangered Niceforo's Wren (Thryothorus nicefori) with support from a grant from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Sandra went on to the PhD program at University of Waikato, New Zelanad.


Former Honours Thesis Students

Sarah Baldo  Undergraduate Researcher (2006-2009), Honours Thesis Student (2009-2010)
Sarah conducted research in the Mennill Lab throughout her undergraduate degree, including a summer co-op position, an Ivory-billed Woodpecker research technician, and a volunteer researcher. She conducted Honours research on vocal behaviour Great Curassows (Crax rubra). Sarah went on to the MSc program at University of Windsor.


Matt Battiston  Undergraduate Researcher (2010-2012), Summer NSERC Student (2011 & 2012), Honours Thesis Student (2012-2013)
Matt conducted many research projects in the Mennill Lab, including two summer NSERC research positions. His Honours Thesis project was a playback experiment focusing on interspecific neighbour-stranger discrimination in tropical wrens. Matt went on to Medical School at Western University.


Natalie Bond  Undergraduate Researcher (2007-2008), Honours Thesis Student (2008-2009)
Natalie conducted research in the Mennill Lab as an Ivorybilled Woodpecker research technician and Summer NSERC student. She conducted Honours research on vocal behaviour of Long-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis).


Claudia Bustos  Undergraduate Researcher (2006-2007), Honours Thesis Student (2007-2008)
Claudia conducted research in the Mennill Lab as an Ivory-billed Woodpecker research technician. She conducted Honours research on the vocal behaviour of Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata). Claudia went on to work as the Science School Programmer at the Calgary Science Museum.


Jessica Cuthbert  Honours Thesis Student (2005-2006)
Jessica conducted Honours research on descriptive and comparative studies of the vocal behaviour of Plain Wrens (Thryothorus modestus). She went on to the MSc program at University of Windsor.


Sam Dundas  Undergraduate Coop Student (2010); Honours Thesis Student (2010-2011)
Sam conducted research through the University of Windsor's Co-Op program in 2010 and then conducted Honours research on the alarm calling and vocal behaviour of Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus).


Holly Hennin  Undergraduate researcher (2006-2007), Honours Thesis Student (2007-2008)
Holly conducted research in the Mennill Lab as an Ivory-billed Woodpecker research technician. She conducted Honours research on bachelor male singing behaviour in Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thryothorus rufalbus). She went on to the MSc program at University of Regina, and then the PhD program at University of Windsor.


Angela Joseph  Honours Thesis Student (2006-2007)
Angela conducted Honours research on diel and seasonal variation in the vocal behaviour of Long-tailed Manakins (Chrioxiphia linearis).


Jason Mouland  Undergraduate researcher (2005-2006), Honours Thesis Student (2006-2007)
Jason conducted research as an Ivory-billed Woodpecker research technician. He conducted Honours research on the vocal behaviour of Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thryothorus rufalbus). He went on to continue his studies at the University of Guelph.


Sheeva Nakhaie  Honours Thesis Student (2009-2010)
Sheeva conducted Honours research on bioacoustic methods for assessing biodiversity in Ontario forests. She went on to the MSc program at the University of Windsor.


Anneka Osmun  Undergraduate Researcher (2006-2007); Honours Thesis Student (2007-2008)
Anneka conducted research as an Ivory-billed Woodpecker research technician. She conducted Honours research on spatial analyses of territorial behaviour in Rufous-and-white Wrens (Thyothorus rufalbus). Anneka went on the MSc program at University of Windsor.


Sarah Tremain  Honours Thesis Student (2006-2007)
Sarah conducted Honours research on seasonal variation in the vocal behaviour of tempearte woodpeckers, including Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus). Sarah went on the MSc program at University of Windsor.


Sarah Lippold  Undergraduate Researcher (2005-2006), Honours Thesis Student (2006-2007)
Sarah conducted research as an Ivory-billed Woodpecker research technician. She conducted Honours research on victory displays in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), publishing her work in the journal Acta Ethologica.  Sarah went on to study nursing at Wayne State University.


Scott Wonsch  Honours Thesis Student (2010-2011)
Scott conducted Honours Thesis research on diel variation in the vocalizations of neotropical Long-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis).


Former Research Technicians
Melissa Abdellah  Undergraduate Researcher (2008), Summer NSERC Student (2008)
Melissa worked part time as a sound analysis technician in the Mennill Lab on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker project, and part time in Stephanie Doucet's laboratory in the summer of 2008. Melissa went on to the MSc program at University of Windsor.


Nisreen Al-Farra  Undergraduate Researcher (2010-2011)
Nisreen conducted volunteer research in the Mennill Lab in 2010-2011 studying the vocal behaviour of temperate birds with Mennill Lab postdoc Dave Wilson. She went on to conduct her Honours thesis in Dennis Higgs' laboratory.



Farah Arbab  Work Study Student (2007)
Farah worked in the Mennill Lab in Fall of 2007 as a Work Study student conducting spatial analyses of singing behaviour in temperate and tropical birds.


Emily Bailey  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Emily conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers in 2006. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. Emily went on to the Master's program at the University of Western Ontario.


Cassandra Belmore  Work Study Student (2007-2008)
Cassandra worked in the Mennill Lab in Fall of 2007 as a Work Study student conducting comparative analyses of temperate and tropical birds.


Caelin Berek  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2012-2013)
Caelin joined the Mennill Lab in the Fall of 2012 as an undergraduate research volunteer. Caelin worked with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders studying migratory birds in Essex County.


Anikka Bolender  BCN Student Researcher (2009-2010)
Anikka conducted research in the Mennill Lab in 2009 as a BCN student researcher.  She studyied the evolution of duetting behaviour in temperate and tropical birds.



Karen Cogliati  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Karen conducted volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers in 2006. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. Karen went on to the Master's program at the University of Windsor and the PhD program at McMaster University.


Angela Demarse   Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2012-2013)
Angela joined the Mennill Lab in the summer of 2012 as an undergraduate research volunteer. Angela worked with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders collecting avian acoustic census data on birds migrating through Essex County.


Matt Deneau  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Matt conducted volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers in 2006. In 2007, he joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team.


Britney Falica  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007), Summer Research Technician (2007)
Britney joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. In the summer of 2007 she worked as a research technician in the Mennill Lab. Britney went on to the Master's program at the University of Windsor.


Melanie Farquhar  Field and Lab Technician (2008)
Melanie joined the Mennill Lab in the summer of 2008, conducting field resesarch at Queen's University Biological Station, and then as a summer laboratory research technician studying the vocal behaviour of North American wood warblers. She went on to teacher's college in Australia.


James Goettel  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007), Work Study Student (2007-2008)
James joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, he joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. In 2007-2008 James worked as a Work Study student in the lab, working with Karan Odom on the Barred Owl project.


Danielle Gough  Work Study Student (2008-2009)
Danielle joined the Mennill Lab in 2008, conducting research on the ecology and evolution of vocal behaviour in birds. Danielle's research project was supported by the Work Study Program. She went on to the Master's program at Trent University.


Rachel Gough  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2012-2013)
Rachel joined the Mennill Lab in the Fall of 2012 as an undergraduate research volunteer. Rachel worked with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders studying bird migration through Essex County.


Ellen Green  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Ellen joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. Ellen went on to the Master's program at the University of Windsor.


Lex Hand  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Lex joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team.


Adam Henkel  Field Research Technician (2010)
Adam joined the Mennill Lab in summer 2010 conducting field studies of wrens in Costa Rica as a research assistant. 


Trisha Howlett  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Trisha joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. Trisha went on to study nutrition sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit.


Julie Koloff  Work Study Student (2007-2008), Research Technician (2008)
Julie joined the Mennill Lab in Fall of 2007. She worked as a Work Study student in the laboratory, and as a research technician on the Rufous-and-white Wren project in Costa Rica during the field season of 2008. Julie went on to the Master's program at the University of Windsor.


Celine Lajoie  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2012-2013)
Celine joined the Mennill Lab in the summer of 2012 as an undergraduate research volunteer. Celine worked with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders censusing the diversity of migratory birds over Essex County..


Amanda Mamo  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2012-2013)
Amanda joined the Mennill Lab in the Fall of 2012 as an undergraduate research volunteer. Amanda worked with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders censusing the diversity of migratory birds over Essex County. Amanda was zpart of the University of Windsor's Volunteer Internship Program.


Laraib Mehdi Undergraduate Researcher and Work Study Student (2011-2012)
Laraib joined the Mennill Lab in 2011 conducting volunteer research on the vocal behaviour of tropical wrens. Laraib is working with Mennill Lab grad student Roberto Sosa as well as other lab projects. She is a third year student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor.


Allison Mistakidis  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Allison joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team.  Allison went on to the Master's program at the University of Windsor.


Rachel Noble  Outstanding Scholar Research Student (2008-2009)
Rachel joined the Mennill Lab in 2008, investigating the ecology and evolution of duetting behaviour in temperate songbirds. Rachel's research project was supported by the Outstanding Scholar Undergraduate Program.


Brad Poisson Undergraduate Researcher and Work Study Student (2010-2013)
Brad joined the Mennill Lab in 2011 conducting volunteer research on the vocal behaviour of both temperate and tropical birds.  Brad has worked on several different projects in the lab, including research with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders collecting avian acoustic census data in Essex County. Brad's research in the lab has involved two Work Study positions.


Katie Rieveley  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Katie joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, she joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. Katie went on to the Master's program at the University of Windsor.


Justyn Stahl  Ivorybill Field Research Technician (2006-2007)
Justyn Stahl joined the Mennill Lab in 2007 as the lead field research assistant on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker bioacoustics project in Florida. Justyn received his MSc from University of Florida in Gainesville, where he studied Acorn Woodpeckers under Madan Oli and Walt Koenig.


Sylvie Tremblay  Sound Analysis Technician (2005-2006 and 2006-2007)
Sylvie joined the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab in January 2006. Sylvie played an important role as a sound analysis technician for the ivory-billed woodpecker project in 2006, and has re-joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustics Team in 2007. Sylvie went on to the Master's program at the University of Guelph.


Amy Weinz  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2012-2013)
Amy joined the Mennill Lab in the Fall of 2012 as an undergraduate research volunteer. Amy worked with Mennill Lab MSc student Claire Sanders studying bird migration through Essex County.


Leanne Wilson  Field Research Technician (2009)
Leanne joined the Mennill Lab in January of 2009 and worked as a research technician on the Black-capped Chickadee field project in 2009. Leanne went on to work as a science consultant for the Ontario Greenhouse Growers Association.


Kathryn Winger  NSERC Summer Research Student (2006)
Kathryn conducted research in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab in the summer of 2006. Kathryn played an important role as a sound analysis technician for the ivory-billed woodpecker project. Kathryn also conducted spatial analyses of wrens during the summer of 2006 as an NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award recipient.  Kathryn went on to vet school at the University of Guelph.


Stan Yavno  Ivorybill Sound Analysis Technician (2006-2007)
Stan joined the Mennill Lab in 2006, conducting volunteer research on Pale-billed Woodpeckers. In 2007, he joined the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Bioacoustic Team. Stan went on to the MSc program at the University of Windsor and the PhD program at Trent University .


Sherry Brew  Biology Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2006)
Sherry conducted research in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab in the fall semester of 2006.  Sherry conducted a bioacoustic study on the vocal behaviour of temperate and tropical woodpeckers.


Anikka Bolender  BCN Student Research Volunteer (2009)
Anikka joined the Mennill Lab in 2009 as an undergraduate research volutneer from the University of Windsor's Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience program. She is working with Julie Koloff to study the vocal behaviour of Barred Antshrikes.


Jason Brogan  Biology Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2005)
Jason conducted research the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab between September and December 2005. Jason assisted with research on the visual displays of neotropical birds under the lab's visiting researcher, Stephanie Doucet.


Keven Bruce  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2008-2009)
Keven joined the Mennill Lab in 2008, conducting volunteer research on the ecology and evolution of vocal behaviour in birds.


Lindsay Davidson  Biology Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2005)
Lindsay conducted research in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab between September and December 2005.  Lindsay conducted a bioacoustic study on the vocal behaviour of temperate warblers.


Shana Dowdell  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2008-2009)
Shana joined the Mennill Lab in 2008, conducting volunteer research on the ecology and evolution of vocal behaviour in birds.


Celia Girgenti  Undergraduate Researcher (2010-2012)
Celia joined the Mennill Lab in 2010 conducting volunteer research on the vocal behaviour of tropical birds. She conducted research on Long-tailed Manakins.


Dani Jamieson  Biology Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2005)
Dani conducted research in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab in the fall semester of 2006. Dani conducted a bioacoustic study on the vocal behaviour of temperate and tropical woodpeckers.


Jasneel Mahal Undergraduate Researcher and Work Study Student (2011-2012)
Jasneel joined the Mennill Lab in August 2011 conducting volunteer research on duetting behaviour in tropical birds. He continued as a Work study student in 2011-2012.


Joshua Martin  Biology Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2005)
Joshua conducted research in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab in the fall semester of 2006. Joshua conducted a bioacoustic study on the vocal behaviour of temperate and tropical woodpeckers. Josh went on to a Master's program at the University of Windsor.


Loren Mastracci Undergraduate Researcher (2010-2012)
Loren joined the Mennill Lab in 2010 conducting volunteer research on the vocal behaviour of temperate and tropical birds.


Blue Raasch  Undergraduate Research Volunteer (2008-2009)
Blue joined the Mennill Lab in 2008, conducting volunteer research on the ecology and evolution of vocal behaviour in birds.


Stephanie Saad  Work Study Student (2009)
Stephanie joined the Mennill Lab in 2009 as a Work Study student. She is working on a combined Mennill/Doucet Lab effort to study the evolutionary biology of birds using the specimen collection at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Stephanie Wilson  BCN Student Researcher (2005-2006)
Stephanie was a BCN student research volunteer in the Mennill Sound Analysis Lab during the 2005-2006 school year, conducting research on geographic variation in the songs of male and female tropical birds.


Daria Zajac  Research Volunteer (2008)
Daria joined the Mennill Lab in the summer of 2008. She is conducting an independent study on diurnal variation in the singing behaviour of temperate songbirds. Daria went on to a graduate program at the University of Western Ontario.


Group Photos


The Mennill Lab 2011
Front row (left to right): Matt Watson, Laraib Mehdi, Kristin Kovach, Matt Battiston, Brad Poisson, Sarah Baldo, Claire Sanders, Celia Girgenti, Jasneel Mahal. Back row: Dan Mennill, Roberto Sosa, Brendan Graham, Dave Wilson, Dugan Maynard, Tyne Baker, Luis Sandoval, Loren Mastracci. 
Photo: November 2011, University of Windsor

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The Mennill Lab 2009
 Left to right: Sarah Douglas (nee Tremain), Van La, Roberto Sosa, Karan Odom, Dave Wilson, Julie Koloff, Anneka Osmun, Sarah Baldo, Dan Mennill, Sheeva Nakhaie.
Photo: July 2009, University of Windsor

 
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The Mennill Lab 2007
Front row (left to right): Sarah Lippold, Trisha Howlett, Matt Deneau, Sarah Tremain, Ellen Green, Emily Bailey, Angela Joseph, James Goettel, Kaite Rievely. Middle row: Jason Mouland, Lauren Reed, Lex Hand, Stan Yavno, Britney Falica, Anneka Osmun, Holly Hennin, Dan Mennill. Back row: Kyle Swiston, Sarah Baldo, Steph Topp, David Bradley, Sylvie Tremblay, Claudia Bustos, Nicole Barker, Allison Mistakidis, Karen Cogliati.
Photo: March 2007, University of Windsor
 
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The Mennill Lab 2005
Left to right: Dan Mennill, Jason Brogan, Jessica Cuthbert, Lauren Reed, Lindsay Davidson, Steph Topp, Stephanie Doucet, Kyle Swiston, Stephanie Wilson (absent: Angela Joseph).
Photo: December 2005, University of Windsor
 
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