Title: PhD Candidate
Hi! I am a PhD candidate working under Dr. Scott Rush at MSU. My research focuses on evaluating the effects of silvicultural management in private working forests on breeding and wintering passerines. Much of my research encompasses assessing wildlife-habitat relationships through bird and vegetation surveys and targeted bird banding. I also run a winter banding station at my field site where I am aiming to identify differences in forest use by different species and investigate parasite prevalence in overwintering individuals.
Originally from Austin, Texas, I hold a BA and BS in Zoology with a minor in History from Miami University of Ohio ('10) and an MS in Biology from Texas State University ('15), where I looked at the nesting ecology of Reddish Egrets. In between my masters and starting here at MSU, I spent time working with a variety of avian species in the US and Australia.
Personal Link: www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-bracken-928b9a65