As an avian ecologist with Point Blue, my main roles include project lead for the work we do at the Palomarin Field Station and other landbird monitoring projects in the Bay Area; banding coordinator, which involves managing banding data and permits for the organization; and coordinator of Point Blue's oil spill response and preparedness efforts for the state of California. Thankfully I still get out into the field with intermittent regularity.

I received an undergraduate degree in environmental science (ecology) and psychology from the University of Virginia in 1995, and subsequently came to Point Blue (PRBO at that time) as an intern in 1996, first working with Loggerhead Shrikes in shrubsteppe habitat in Oregon and then as a bander at the Palomarin Field Station. I have since been involved in a variety of projects and geographies, with an emphasis and primary interests in intern training, bird banding, migratory ecology, oil spill science and response, and long-term monitoring of landbird populations. In 2009 I completed a Master's Degree in Biology at Sonoma State University studying genetics and oil spill demographics of Western and Clark's Grebes.

I am fortunate to be based out of the Palomarin Field Station in the south end of Point Reyes National Seashore.

A Sampling of Publications:

Cormier, R. L., D. L. Humple, T. Gardali, and N. Seavy. 2013. Light-level geolocators reveal strong migratory connectivity and within winter movements for a coastal California Swainson’s Thrush population. The Auk 130: 283-290.

Humple, D.L. and E.L. Porzig. 2012. Riparian Landbird Monitoring in Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore. PRBO Report to the National Park Service.

Humple, D. L., H. M. Nevins, E. M. Phillips, C. Gibble, L. A. Henkel, K. Boylan, and D. J. Girman. 2011. Demographics of Aechmophorus grebes killed in three mortality events in California. Marine Ornithology 39: 235–242.

Humple, D. L. and R. D. Burnett. 2010. Nesting ecology of Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia) in montane chaparral habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. Western North American Naturalist 70(3): 355-363.

Humple, D. L. 2009. Genetic structure and demographic impacts of oil spills in Western and Clark’s Grebes. Unpublished M.S. thesis. Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.

Humple, D. L. and A. L. Holmes.  2006. Effects of a fire on a breeding population of Loggerhead Shrikes in sagebrush steppe habitat.  Journal of Field Ornithology 77(1):16-23.

Heubeck, M., K. Camphuysen, R. Bao, D. Humple, A. Sandoval Rey, B. Cadiou, S. Brager, T. Thomas.  2003.  Assessing the impact of major oil spills on seabird populations.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 46: 900-902.

CalPIF (California Partners in Flight). 2002. Version 1.1. The coniferous forest bird conservation plan: a strategy for protecting and managing coniferous forest habitats and associated birds in California (J. Robinson and J. Alexander, lead authors; supporting authors: S. Abbott, G. Ballard, D. Barton, G. Elliott, S. Heath, D. Humple, M. Pitkin, S. Scoggin, D. Stralberg). PRBO Conservation Science, Petaluma,

Humple, D. L. , N. Nur, G. R. Geupel, and M. P. Lynes.   2001.  Female-biased sex ratio in a wintering population of Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  Wilson Bulletin 113(4):419-424.