Team Members

Executive team

Assistant Director

Graduate Students

A phot of student Matt Hardy

Matt is being co-advised by Dr. Williams and Dr. Jeff Buler. Matt's research, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is focusing on understanding wintering waterfowl movement  patterns, through telemetry and nexrad radar to better predict the potential for avian influenza transmission to poultry operations. Matt is focusing on Canada geese, greater snow geese, and mallard movements.

A photo of student Amanda Hoyt

Amanda's research, which is funded by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, focuses on the brood survival and habitat use on American black ducks in North Carolina. This research will further aid North Carolina in understanding the ecology of breeding black ducks along  its coast and well as increase its strategic conservation for  this priority species. Amanda will serve as our lead wood duck technician during the summer of 2022.

A photo of student Hannah Shley

Hannah's research, which  is  being  funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is investigating the wintering habitat use and movement patterns of lesser scaup in the Chesapeake Bay. Hannah also served as our wood duck lead technician during the summer of 2021.

Headshot of Blake Struthers

Blake’s research, which is being jointly funded by Delta Waterfowl, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Nemours Wildlife Foundation, is investigating wood duck reproductive success and brood ecology from artificial nest boxes in the Delmarva Peninsula. This project will help to develop best practices for nest box placement and identify important brood rearing habitats for wood ducks.

A phot of student Cole Tiemann

Cole's research, which is being funded by Orton Plantation and Moore Charitable Foundation, is researching the wintering habitat use, daily energy demand, and energetic carrying capacity of green-winged teal in coastal North Carolina. Little is known about green-winged teal ecology on the Atlantic Flyway and we hope this research will help inform future management and habitat decisions.

A phot of student Cole Tiemann

David's research, which is being funded by the endowed Waterfowl and Upland Gamebird Center, will be working in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to quantify the daily  habitat  use  and  energetic carrying capacity of wintering Atlantic brant along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Undergraduate students

Sam LaSasso

Sam is researching the physiological and morphological differences between wood duck hens who are breeding in less successful open marshes along Delaware Bay versus more successful flooded forests in interior Delmarva Peninsula.