Our lab focuses on developing rigorous quantitative methods to address important questions in population ecology and conservation. Topics of particular interest include the movement, demography, and population dynamics of migratory birds, dispersal and its consequences to individuals and populations, and development of statistical models to advance ecological research. Feel free to explore this website for additional details about who we are and what we do.

Although much of my research focuses on migratory birds, I’m open to advising students with a wide range of interests related to quantitative population ecology and conservation. Interested in joining the lab? Please read over the information for prospective students and my mentoring philosophy.

Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this site are provided courtesy of Steve Rushing (instagram: @rushingoutdoors).


  • Movement Ecology
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Ornithology



Aimee Van Tatenhove

PhD student

Waterbird ecology, Ornithology, Conservation

Clark S. Rushing

Assistant Professor

Quantitative Ecology, Population Ecology, Movement Ecology, Ornithology


Destinee Story

MS student

Wildlife Management, Ornithology, Movement Ecology


Dustin Maloney

PhD student

Raptor ecology, Ornithology, Toxicology


Kim Savides

MS student

Migratory Connectivity, Ornithology, Conservation


Nancy Raginski

PhD student

Migratory connectivity, Demography, Conservation


Simona Picardi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Movement ecology, Ecological modeling, Reproducible science



Andrew Sharp

MS student

Migratory Connectivity, Ornithology, Conservation


Passerina buntings

Ecology and conservation of Passerina buntings

Black Rosy-finches

Demography and distribution of Black Rosy-finches

Climate change

Climate change impacts on the demography and distribution of migratory birds

Full annual cycle models

Development of full annual cycle population models

Long-distance dispersal

Causes and consequences of long-distance dispersal to individuals and populations


Demography, movement, and dynamics of White Pelicans around the Great Salt Lake


Application of RFID to demographic studies of migratory birds


  • Warnell 3-409 (physical), 180 E. Green Street, Athens, GA 30602 (mailing),