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Elaine Metz

IGC FELLOW    |   Global Change Center

Ph.D. Student  •  Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Advisor : Dr. Elizabeth Hunter

Research Interests: Population ecology, landscape ecology, ornithology, conservation

IGC Fellow

Elaine is a PhD student advised by Dr. Elizabeth Hunter in the department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Her broad research interests lie in population and spatial ecology as well as applied solutions in conservation. Additionally, she is interested in methods leveraging large-scale or remotely sensed data to quantify trends and inform management. 

Elaine received her MS in Forestry from Southern Illinois University studying Nightjars—a family of nocturnal birds—using acoustic monitoring. Prior to pursuing her advanced degrees, she developed her interests in science, academia, and conservation by teaching high school biology and backpacking the Appalachian Trail. Her current research focuses on identifying causes of broad scale trends in Cerulean Warbler populations by integrating data from multiple sources. While within the program, Elaine hopes to connect with colleagues outside of her department and learn how to develop interdisciplinary projects.