Dave Anderson

I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and started my position at Wake Forest in the Department of Biology in 1992.  I am broadly interested in behavioral and evolutionary ecology, especially of birds.  I’ve been working in Galapagos as a field tech or PI since 1981.  To see my academic ancestors and descendants, click here.

Current Graduate Students

Jenny Howard

Jenny is a doctoral candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow working on foraging behavior of breeding Nazca boobies.  She is evaluating environmental and individual predictors of foraging behavior, including the connection between reproductive senescence and foraging capacity in aged birds.  Her website:

Erynn Rebol

Erynn, a graduate of Willamette University, began her M.S. in Fall 2018.  Welcome!

Graduate Students Who Have Finished

Emily Tompkins

Emily finished her Ph.D. in 2018, analyzing individual and environmental effects on breeding traits in Nazca boobies.  She is moving on as a post-doc to use quantitative genetic techniques to understand the heritability of life history traits and selection on those traits in Nazca boobies at our Galapagos Islands field site.

Nicholas Per Huffeldt

Nicholas finished his Ph.D. in 2018, focusing on ecological and physiological mechanisms of biological rhythms in high latitude seabirds living in the continuous light of polar summer.  His research took place in Greenland and northern Norway on murres (Uria spp.).
His website:

Jacquelyn Schmidt Grace

Jacquie finished her Ph.D. in 2014 and is now an Assistant Professor at Texas A & M University.  Her dissertation was on variation in personality and stress response/coping styles in Nazca boobies.
Her website:

David Anchundia

David finished his M.S. on the declining population size of blue-footed boobies in Galapagos in 2014.  He returned to Ecuador and is now a staff biologist at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos.

Terri Maness

Terri finished her Ph.D. in 2010 and is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University.  Her dissertation was on sexual size dimorphism and the mating system of Nazca boobies.
Her website:

Martina Muller

Martina finished a Master’s Degree in 2007 (her research was on causation of maltreatment of booby nestlings by adults) and then a doctorate at the University of Groningen.  She’s post-docing at the University of Rhode Island.
Her Google Scholar page.

Mark Westbrock

Mark finished his M.S. on immunological aspects of costs of reproduction in seabirds in 2005.  He became a licensed solar contractor in New Mexico and is now a farmer in Iowa.

Howard Townsend

Howard finished his Ph.D. in 2004 on evolution of breeding effort in boobies.  He is now making ecosystem models of the Chesapeake Bay at NOAA in Maryland.

Elaine Porter

Elaine finished her M.S. on intense social interest of non-breeding adult Nazca boobies in unrelated nestlings in 2003.  She now does environmental impact statements at Tetratech in Colorado.

Elise Ferree

Elise finished her M.S. on hormonal aspects of sibling aggression in boobies in 2002, and went on to her doctorate at UC Santa Cruz.  She is now Professorial Lecturer at the Claremont Colleges.  Her group’s website:

Leslie Clifford

Leslie finished her Ph.D. in 2001, on the evolution of clutch size in boobies.  She is Associate Professor of Biology at Mansfield University.

Kate Huyvaert

Kate finished her M.S. in 1999, on dispersal in Nazca boobies.  She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is now Associate Professor at Colorado State University.