As a biologist for the San Francisco Bay group, I spend most of my time out in the tidal marshes of the San Francisco Bay - monitoring bird response to restoration in the Estuary, and keeping tabs on the federally endangered California Clapper Rail.

I grew up in Louisville, KY and received my undergraduate degree in biology from Milligan College in East Tennessee. I eventually migrated to California to begin working as an intern at the Palomarin Field Station, where I solidified my desire to work in the field of avian ecology. Field work has taken me lots of incredible places, and I've had the priveldge to study a variety of systems and species, from ground nesting Phylloscopus warblers in Siberia, to cooperative breeding Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens in Western Australia, and the not-so-monogamous Rusty Blackbirds in Alaska.

I eventually settled back in Bolinas, and enjoy working in the field from Suisun to the South Bay, as well as managing our library collection and assisting with the varied research needs of our science staff.

If I'm not driving a boat down a slough of the Petaluma River, or getting stuck in the mud at China Camp State Park, you may find me in the library at Point Blue Headquarters.

Featured Work:

Incidence of eccentric molt in first-year Wrentits increases with fledge date

Megan L. Elrod, NE. Seavy, R Cormier, T Gardali

Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume 82, Issue 3, September 2011

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