Date - April 06, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Jennifer Uehling: Blood-sucking ectoparasites & their Avian Hosts

Speaker: Jennifer Uehling

Supported by the DVOC Interns Fund, Jenny examined Hippoboscid flies, a blood-sucking ectoparasite, and their avian hosts at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Working with Jason Weckstein and Janice Dispoto, she used fly gut dissection and molecular tools to determine the host associations of Hippoboscid flies collected from birds in Mexico. The results suggest that individual flies were moving between multiple bird species. She will discuss the potential implications of these results, including the discovery of new host associations and avian malaria transmission. She will also discuss her past work on Australian fairy-wrens and her current work on using eBird and radio-tags to understand bird movement.

Jenny Uehling is a first year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Glenside, and graduated from Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County in 2011. A birder since the age of ten, she insisted that her parents plan vacations around visits to National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks with good birding opportunities. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Jenny became interested in birds from an ecological and evolutionary perspective through her work with Stephen Pruett-Jones and her volunteering at the Field Museum. After graduating from UChicago in 2015, she did fieldwork with Splendid Fairy-wrens in Australia and Golden-winged Warblers and Blue-winged Warblers in New York. With the support of the DVOC Interns Fund, Jenny also spent five months working with Jason Weckstein and Nate Rice at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she studied Hippoboscid flies and their avian hosts. At Cornell, she studies bird movement in dynamic environments, and she will work with Sanderlings in Delaware Bay this spring.

The Bob Billings award will also be presented to Barb Bassett at this meeting.

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