Past recipients of Burtt Grants

2021 / 2022

Lyn Brown (Mentor) and Trevor MacLaurin (Undergraduate Researcher), Trent University: The impact of vegetation encroachment on American Oystercatcher nesting distribution and hatching success


Lindsey Walters (Mentor) and Chrisula Stone (Undergraduate Researcher), Northern Kentucky University: Assessing the use of nestling Tree Swallow feathers as a bioindicator of environmental methylmercury contamination

Kristen Covino (Mentor) and Francesca Foltz (Undergraduate Researcher), Loyola Marymount University: The feasibility of using excreta samples to quantify hormone levels in breeding gulls


Joanna Hubbard (Mentor) and Melissa Bailey (Undergraduate Researcher), Truman State University: Do early developmental conditions affect structural and melanin-based plumage color in Eastern Bluebirds, Sialia sialis?

Daniel Shustack (Mentor) and Hannah Wait (Undergraduate Researcher), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Establishing migratory connectivity of Slate-colored Juncos (Junco hyemalis hyemalis) using stable isotopes

20190508 Wait and Shustack


Martha Desmond (Mentor) and Jadzia Rodríquez (Undergraduate Researcher), New Mexico State University: Influence of local and landscape factors on Burrowing Owl artificial habitat site occupancy in Arizona

Robert L. Curry (Mentor) and Taylor Heuermann (Undergraduate Researcher), Villanova University: Influences of DRD4 and SERT on intraspecific and interspecific variation in boldness in chickadees



Morgan Tingley (Mentor) and Nicholas Russo (Undergraduate Researcher; photo below), University of Connecticut: Avian spring migration as a dispersal pathway for insect invasion

Nicholas Russo_Burtt winner 2017

Kevin Fraser (Mentor) and Ellyne Geurts (Undergraduate Researcher), University of Manitoba: Investigating moult and migration strategies in a long-distance migratory songbird by using stable-isotope analysis


Joel Ralston (Mentor) and Kathryn Marshall (Undergraduate Researcher), Saint Mary’s College: Documenting regional variation in genetic diversity in boreal forest bird populations threatened by climate change

Ralston and Marshall

Mark Deutschlander (Mentor) and Madison Sutton (Undergraduate Researcher), Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Orientation and energetics of migrant warblers during spring at a northern stopover site

Deutchlander and Sutton