Dr. Ashley M. Long
Dr. Ashley M. Long is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Louisiana State University's School of Renewable Natural Resources. Dr. Long completed her undergraduate education at Northland College (Ashland, WI), where she received her B.S. in Biology. She earned her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), where she examined the influence of prescribed burning on birds in shrub-encroached shortgrass prairie with Dr. William E. Jensen. For her Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, she examined avian responses to variation in vegetation structure and composition with Dr. Michael L. Morrison at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX).
Prior to joining RNR, Dr. Long was a Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, where she worked on issues related to T&E, at-risk, and nuisance wildlife. Outside work, Dr. Long and her husband love trying out new recipes and spending time outdoors with their dog, Pip – if you see them out and about, be sure to say “hi”!
Dr. Melanie R. Colón
Dr. Melanie Colón is a Post-doctoral Researcher at Louisiana State University's School of Renewable Natural Resources. She earned her Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, her M.S. in Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, and her B.S. in Biology at Florida International University.
Dr. Colón examines factors that influence habitat use, distribution, and reproduction in wildlife. Her recent work has examined impacts of noise, weather, and geographic variation on behavior and reproductive output in endangered songbirds as well as factors influencing bird-aircraft collisions. She is currently focused on species distribution models, land cover change detection, and forecasting habitat conversion risk as part of on-going research on the golden-cheeked warbler and efforts to improve designation of Conservation Opportunity Areas in Louisiana.
Drew S. Finn
Drew Finn earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, is a graduate student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, and works as a Project Coordinator for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Drew and Dr. Long assist the Natural Resources Branch at Joint Base San Antonio with endangered bird research, including the golden-cheeked warbler geolocator project. Drew also conducts vegetation, karst, and deer surveys at Joint Base San Antonio facilities. For her M.S. research, Drew is examining geographic variation in avian age structure and song characteristics.
Nancy Raginski earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and is an M.S. student in Dr. Long's lab at LSU. Her previous experience includes banding birds at Kiawah Island, Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Long Point Bird Observatory, among others. For her thesis research, she is studying migratory bird use of managed forests in Louisiana. She is also assisting with the warbler geolocator project in central Texas.
Nathan Grigsby is an M.S. student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University and has been a golden-cheeked warbler biologist at Fort Hood, Texas since 2010. Prior to his current position, he earned is B.S. in Wildlife Management from Tarleton State University in Stephenville Texas. For his thesis research, Nathan is studying warbler movements and demography as part of the warbler geolocator project.
John Macey is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University and has been wildlife biologists with the U.S. Army since 2004 working with indigo snakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, and many more! Prior to his current position at the Fort Hood Military Reservation where he conducts research on golden-cheeked warblers, he earned is B.S. and M.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. For his dissertation research, John is examining migratory connectivity for warblers and studying the potential effects of geolocator deployment on the demography and behavior of the species.
Jane Kunberger earned her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Alabama and is an M.S. student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU. Jane is working to develop species distribution models for bats in Louisiana and to determine how forest management practices influence bat species assemblages and activity in the state.
Naya Black is an undergraduate researcher earning her B.S. from Louisiana State University's School of Renewable Natural Resources. She has assisted Dr. Long with bird surveys at Kisatchie National Forest and is currently using acoustic recording devices to examine bat use of bottomland hardwood forests across a rural-to-urban gradient in southeastern Louisiana.
Sam Pettibone is an undergraduate in RNR's Wildlife Ecology program with a minor in Fisheries. She held an internship with Dr. Long in the spring 2019 where she studied the use of weather radar in identifying the locations of bat roosts in Louisiana. This summer she's working on bat cavity surveys and a camera-trapping project. She's also working for LSU's College of the Coast & Environment on a survey of madtoms in the Florida parishes.
Lindsey Newton is an undergraduate student earning her B.S. from Louisiana State University's School of Renewable Natural Resources. In spring 2019, she conducted avian point count surveys in Kisatchie National Forest and she is currently searching for bat roosts and woodpecker cavities, collecting roadkill specimens, and analyzing Kisatchie bird distribution data. She is applying to the LSU Veterinary School this summer and hopes to pursue a career as a wildlife vet.
Kaiser Franck is a senior undergraduate student at LSU, earning his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the School of Renewable Natural Resources. He is currently assisting Dr. Long in various projects, such as searching woodpecker and bat cavities with a peeper camera, setting out camera traps for mammals at Idlewild, and marking turtles to examine survival and movement patterns.
Former Lab Members and Field Assistants
Avian Research Assistant
Student Worker: Communications
Avian Research Assistant