Field photography – John’s Flickr page
June 2017 –
Another field season has come and gone. From March – June 2017, I spent 2.5 months in Papua New Guinea and 3 weeks in Australia conducting my second pilot field season of my dissertation as well as assisting a collaborator at Washington State University (Jordan Boersma) with research for his dissertation. As before, I traveled to Obo Village (Google Earth Obo Airport in Papua New Guinea!) in Western Province where I spent 6 weeks for Boersma’s research project before traveling to Milne Bay Province to pilot my own field work.
In Milne Bay Province, my spent time in the Alotau District, surveying birds in the villages of Porotona and Garuahi. I spent about one week at each, attempting to get a sense of what the population ecology was for each population in a rapid manner. For each population, I am interested in understanding variation in habitat structure preference, aggression response to simulated territorial intrusions, song characteristics, sex ratio, and group size.
Afterwards, I went to Australia for 3 weeks to assist another graduate student in my lab at Tulane with research on the red-backed fairywrens – I intend to make them a focal species for my upcoming research too! Also did some other light bird banding to get my Australian banding permit. But for now, I am back at home in the States, preparing for the American Ornithological Society meeting in Michigan!
Nov 2016 –
Hello! This is my first ever attempt at a blog post, so where to begin. My name is John Anthony Jones and I am a first year (as of Fall 2016) PhD student at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. For my dissertation, I will study ecological determinants of female-female competition, phenotypic divergence, and color evolution in fairywrens in Papua New Guinea and Australia. I will be in PNG from February 2017 through some unknown time to conduct a pilot study in Western Province.
This month, my fourth first author manuscript was accepted for publication in Ethology, which will likely become available early 2017. I will also be given a poster at the Society for Integrative and Integrative Biology (SICB) meeting, held here in New Orleans.