THE Olsen Lab
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~ Recent Publications from the Lab
• McCabe, JD, BJ Olsen. In Press. Trade-offs between predation risk and fruit resources shape habitat
____use of autumnal migrating birds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances.
Ruskin, KJ, MA Etterson, TP Hodgman, BJ Olsen. 2015. Divergent oviposition preferences of sister
____species are not driven by nest survival: the evidence for neutrality. Behavioral Ecology and
____Sociobiology. doi:10.1007/s00265-015-1975-0.

Walsh, J, WG Shriver, BJ Olsen, KM O’Brien, AI Kovach. 2015. Relationship of phenotypic variation and
____genetic admixture in the Saltmarsh–Nelson's sparrow hybrid zone. The Auk: Ornithological
____Advances 132(3): 704-716. doi:10.1642/AUK-14-299.1

McCabe and Olsen. 2015. Landscape-scale habitat availability, and not local geography, predicts
____migratory landbird stopover across the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Avian Biology 46(4):395-405.

Batz et al. 2015. Helping struggling students in introductory biology: a peer-tutoring program that
____maximizes the impact of resources. CBE – Life Sciences Education 14(2):ar16.

Robertson and Olsen. 2015. Behavioral plasticity for nest-building increases fecundity in marsh birds.
____Auk: Ornithological Advances 132(1): 37-45. DOI: 10.1642/AUK-14-73.1.

Robertson and Olsen 2014. Density, sex, and nest stage affect rail broadcast survey results. Journal
____of Wildlife Management. doi:10.1002/jwmg.769

Olsen et al. 2013. Sexual dimorphism in a feeding apparatus is driven by mate choice and not niche
____partitioning. Behavioral Ecology. doi:10.1093/beheco/art071

Warner et al. 2012. Mercury in wing and tail feathers of hatch-year and adult tidal marsh sparrows.
____Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 63(1).

Greenberg et al. 2012. High summer temperature explains bill size variation in salt marsh sparrows.
____Ecography 35(2):146-152.

Etterson et al. 2011. Modeling fecundity in birds: Conceptual overview, current models, and
____considerations for future developments. Ecological Modelling 222:2178-2190.

Etterson et al. 2011. Sources, sinks, and model accuracy, p. 273-290 IN Sources, Sinks, and
____Sustainability Across Landscapes (J. Liu, V. Hull, A. Morzillo, and J. Wiens, eds.). Cambridge
____University Press, New York.

Greenberg and Olsen. 2010. Bill size and dimorphism in tidal-marsh sparrows: Island-like processes
____in a continental habitat. Ecology 91(8):2428-2436.

Olsen et al. 2010. Interactions between sexual and natural selection on the evolution of a plumage
____badge. Evolutionary Ecology 24(4):731-748.

Greenberg et al. 2010. Patterns of seasonal abundance and social segregation in inland and
____Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow in a Delaware tidal marsh. Condor 112(1):159-167.

Olsen et al. 2008. Extra-pair paternity in the swamp sparrow, Melospiza georgiana: Male access or
____female preference? Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 63(2):285-294.

Olsen et al. 2008. Causes of reduced clutch size in a tidal marsh endemic. Oecologia 15(3):421-435.
Liu et al. 2008. Macrogeographic vocal variation in subspecies of Swamp Sparrow.
____Condor 110(1):102-109.

Etterson et al. 2007. The analysis of covariates in multi-fate Markov chain nest failure models
____IN Studies in Avian Biology 34:55-64.

Greenberg et al. 2006. Flooding and predation: Trade-offs in the nesting ecology of tidal-marsh
____sparrows. Studies in Avian Biology 32:96-109.

• Greenberg et al. 2005. Population status of the Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow in Delaware.
____Delmarva Ornithologist 37.

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photo by W.G. Shriver
photo by K. Ruskin