My research interests center around the ecology and life-history of migratory birds. I recently completed my MasterÃ?Â¢??s at QueenÃ?Â¢??s University in Ontario, where I tested the utility of stable-hydrogen isotopes as a tool to trace the longdistance movements of small songbirds. At CSU I will be working with Dr. Cameron Ghalambor, studying a songbird with populations that span a range of lifehistory strategies, from residents to long-distance migrants. I spent this spring on Catalina Island, off the southern coast of California, assisting a CSU student studying a resident population of this species, the orange-crowned warbler. The massive reproductive failure we observed this year, which resulted from the most extreme drought recorded for southern California, has stimulated my interest in how climate shapes the life-history and demography of orange-crowned warblers.