Colin Studds

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2009

Assistant Professor
219 Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building

Research Interests

Animal Migration, Biogeography, Population Ecology, Quantitative Ecology

Recent Research Activities
    • Population Dynamics of Migratory Shorebirds
    • Phenology of Dragonfly Migration
    • Biogeographic Connectivity of Migratory Songbirds
    • Community Responses to Land Use and Climate Change
Recent Publications

Stanley, C.Q., E.A. McKinnon, K.C. Fraser, M.P, MacPherson, G. Casbourn, L. Friesen, P.P. Marra, C.E. Studds, T.B. Ryder, N. Diggs, B.J.M. Stutchbury. 2014. Connectivity of Wood thrush breeding, wintering, and migration sites based on range-wide tracking. Conservation Biology. Early view 22 July 2014.

Hallworth M.T., C.E. Studds, T.S. Sillett and P.P. Marra. 2013. Do archival light-level geolocators and stable-hydrogen isotopes provide comparable estimates of breeding ground origin? Auk 130:273–282.

Mckellar, A.E., P.P. Marra, S.J. Hannon, C.E. Studds and L.M. Ratcliffe. 2013. Winter rainfall predicts phenology in widely separated populations of a migratory songbird. Oecologia 172:595–605.

McKinnon, E.A., C.Q. Stanley, K.C. Fraser, M.M. MacPherson, G. Casborn, P.P. Marra, C.E. Studds, N. Diggs, B.M. Stutchbury. 2013. Live ground-truthing in temperate and tropical forest improves geolocator accuracy for a long-distance migratory songbird. Animal Migration DOI: 10.2478/ami-2013-0001:31-38.

Studds, C.E., K.P. McFarland, Y. Aubry, C.C. Rimmer, K.A. Hobson, P.P. Marra and L. I. Wassenaar. 2012. Stable-hydrogen isotope measures of natal dispersal reflect observed population declines in a threatened migratory songbird. Diversity and Distributions 18:919–930.

Studds C.E., W.V. DeLuca, M. Baker, R.S. King and P.P. Marra. 2012. Land cover and rainfall interact to shape waterbird community composition. PLoS One 7:e35969.

Knudson E., A. Lindén, C. Both, N. Jonzén, F. Pulido, N. Saino, W.J Sutherland, L.A. Bach, T. Coppack, T. Ergon, P. Gienapp, J.A Gill, O. Gordo, A. Hedenström, E. Lehikoinen, P.P. Marra, A. P. Møller, A.L.K. Nilsson, G. Péron, E. Ranta, D. Rubolini, T.H. Sparks, F. Spina, C.E. Studds, S.A. Sæther, P. Tryjanowski, N. Chr. Stenseth. 2011. Challenging claims in the study of migratory birds and climate change. Biological Reviews 86:928–946.

Studds C.E. and P.P. Marra. 2011. Rainfall induced changes in food availability modify the spring departure program of a migratory bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278:3437–3443.

Marra P.P., C.E. Studds and M.S. Webster. 2010. Migratory connectivity. In Breed M.D. and Moore J (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, pp. 455–461. Oxford: Academic Press.

Reudink M.W., C.E. Studds, T.K. Kyser, P. P. Marraand L.M. Ratcliffe. 2009. Plumage brightnesspredicts non-breeding season territory quality in a long-distance migratory songbird. Journal of Avian Biology 40:34–41.

DeLuca W.V, C.E. Studds, R.S. King and P.P. Marra. 2008. Coastal urbanization and the integrity of estuarine waterbird communities: threshold responses and the importance of scale. Biological Conservation 141:2669–2678.

Studds C.E., T.K. Kyser and P.P. Marra. 2008.Natal dispersal driven by environmental conditions interacting across the annual cycle of a migratory songbird. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105:2929–2933.

Reudink M.W., P.P. Marra, K.M. Langin, C.E. Studds, T.K. Kyser and L.M. Ratcliffe. 2008. Molt-migration in the American redstart re-visited: explaining variation in feather δD signatures. Auk 125:724–728.

Courses Taught

Biogeography, Biogeography Seminar, Physical Geography