July 2015: Meet Western sandpiper (WESA) 8CH – first banded on March 1, 2013, and now resighted on Dauphin Island during migration each fall and spring since! Western sandpipers breed in Alaska from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River north to the vicinity of Point Barrow and Camden Bay. WESA 8CH weighs about 1/2 that of your cell phone and he has traveled to and from his Alaskan breeding grounds at least 3 times! Pretty impressive little guy, no? Welcome back 8CH!

Western Sandpiper, flag code 8CH, banded March 1, 2013 on Dauphin Island, AL

Western Sandpiper, flag code 8CH, banded March 1, 2013 on Dauphin Island, AL

Western sandpiper 8CH resighted July 22,2015 on Dauphin Island, AL.

June 2015: I am honored to announce that beginning in September 2015 I will be a National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Science Policy fellow working alongside the staff of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council)! I am very excited about this challenging opportunity!

April 2015: I am very excited to announce that I have successfully defended my dissertation, “Migration Ecology of Shorebirds on the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”!!

April 1 I presented with the Story Collider, where science is a story well told, at the Koshland Science Museum in Washington, DC.

February 2015: It was a privilege to attend the 2015 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program team!

January 2015: New Year = Big changes! I have headed Washington, D.C. this month as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow!

December 2014: My new publication, Henkel, J.R., Sigel, B.J.., and C. Z. Taylor, Oiling rates and condition indices of shorebirds in the northern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has been published in the Journal of Field Ornithology!