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I am an evolutionary ecologist primarily interested in understanding the way animals grow and develop. In the fall of 2019 I started a PhD in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Program for Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology in the labs of Dr. Mark Hauber and Dr. T.J. Benson. Our current work investigates the impact of maternally-derived hormones on embryonic growth (project #GrowBirdGrow). Check out for our new paper on cowbird nestling growth in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, our paper on robin egg recognition in Royal Society Open Science, (featured in the New York Times!), and our new paper on Yellow Warbler referential alarm calls in Biology Letters (popular science summary here)! 

In 2019 I defended my M.Sc. in Biology at Kansas State University in the lab of Dr. Alice Boyle. Check out our sparrow aggregation paper in the journal Ecology and keep an eye out for our work on the development of grassland songbirds (project #PrairieBabies)!


Email: sarahkw2@illinois.edu
Photo by Camilla Cerea
Photo by Camilla Cerea

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Grasshopper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow

Konza Prairie Biological Station, 2016

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Photo by Camilla Cerea
Photo by Camilla Cerea

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Check out this video that we compiled of some amazing nest predation events caught on our nest cameras!
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Adult Grasshopper Sparrow in the hand