Spring 2024

Dr. Greg Harrison

April 17th, 2024

“A conversation with Dr. Greg J. Harrison: My Avian Nutrition Experiences”

Dr. Greg Harrison

Diplomate Emeritus American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice)

Dip. Emeritus European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian)

Founder and President of HBD International, Inc

Developer of Harrison’s Bird Foods

Dr. Greg and Mrs. Linda Harrison. Picture from Harrison’s Bird Foods Webpage

Fall 2023

Dr. Amanda Beckman

December 1st, 2023

“Working with and educating the public: shared interest – shared rewards”

Dr. Amanda Beckman

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Donald Brightsmith

November 19th, 2023

“The art and science of Parrot Reintroduction”

Dr. Donald Brightsmith

Department of Vetpathobiology

Dr. Jen Cunha

October 26th, 2023

“Advancing Parrot Cognitive Enrichment with Communication Training and Technology Games”

Dr. Jen Cunha

Attorney and Animal Cognitions Trainer

Northeastern University Researcher

Parrot Kindergarden Inc

Dr. Stephanie Blain

October 4, 2023

“Reduced hybrid survival in a migratory divide between songbirds”

Dr. Stephanie Blain

Postdoctoral associate with Dr. Kira Delmore

Biology Department

Spring 2023

Caitlin Mencio PhD & Dallas Clontz VVM

April 27, 2023

“Successful infection of Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) with avian bornavirus via intranasal inoculation.”

Caitlin Mencio PhD* & Dallas Clontz VVM **

* Assistant Research Scientist Schubot Center for Avian Health

** Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Resident

School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

Kelley Taylor

April 14, 2023

“The Possibility of Chlamydia psittaci Pandemic in Ancient America”

Kelley Taylor

Director and Founder Sacred Scarlets

Barbara Heidenreich

April 13, 2023

“When the Right Thing is Negative. Optimizing Welfare with Negative Reinforcement”

Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training

Ashley L. Cubb

March 8th, 2023

“Investigation of ophthalmic lesions from traumatic injury in Raptors”

Ashley L. Cubb

DVM Candidate
School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. George Olah

January 24th, 2023

“Advancing genetic methods in the study of parrot conservation and trade”

Dr. George Olah

Postdoctoral Research Fellow • Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU |

Visiting Senior Research Fellow • King’s College London | 

Director • Conservation Genomics |

Research Consultant • BBC Natural History Unit |

Co-Founder • Wildlife Messengers |

Rodrigo Leon, Biologist.

January 19th, 2023

Macaw conservation in the Lacandón Rainforest, Mexico”.

Rodrigo Leon, Biologist

Wildlife Director, Natura Mexicana NGO

Fall 2022

R. Keith Andringa

December 1st, 2022

“Species-, Sex-, and Age-related microplastic ingestion in hunter-harvested dabbling ducks”

R. Keith Andringa

Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Grace Lab
Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology

Elise Voltura. PhD Candidate

November 17th, 2022

Captive parrots take it with a grain of salt too: recreating sodium-hunger driven geophagy in Monk Parakeets”

Elise Voltura

PhD. Candidate

Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

School of Veterinary Medicine

Jeanne Fair, Ph.D.

November 2nd, 2022

Long-term Avian Studies: Evolution of the System and Scientific Questions”

Jeanne Fair, Ph.D.

Scientist in Genomics and Bioinformatics Group

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Heather L. Prestridge Ms.

October 25th, 2022

“Lights Out Texas: Team Based Approach to Integrating University Research, Natural History Collections and Citizen Science Conservation Efforts”

Heather L. Prestridge Ms.


Biodiversity Research & Teaching Collections Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology

Francisco Ferreira PhD.

October 18, 2022

Francisco Ferreira, Ph.D.

Former Research Scientist at Smithsonian Institution

Assistant Research Scientist

Department of Entomology Texas A&M University

Spring 2022

Emily Halsmer

March 22, 2022

“Clinical ophthalmic parameters of the Quaker parrot (Myiopwitta monachus)

Emily Halsmer

Veterinary Student *

Lincoln Memorial University

Mentor: Dr. Erin Schott

*Participant in the Summer 2021 Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program at TAMU

Fall 2021

Timothy F. Wright, Ph.D.

December 6th, 2021

Babel’s birds: functions and mechanisms of vocal learning in parrots”

Timothy F. Wright, Ph.D.

Professor Biology Department
New Mexico University

HOST: Schubot Center and Ecology and Evolutionary Program

Melanie Florkowski, Ph.D. Candidate

December 3rd, 2021

Relationship between exploratory behavior and the gut microbiome in a wild songbird”

Melanie Florkowski

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Program
Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Jessica Yorzonki’s Lab
Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology

HOST: Schubot Center

Spring 2021

Amanda Beckman, PhD Student & Viridiana Martinez, PhD Candidate

Apr. 23, 2021

“Movement Ecology of Wild Turkeys in South Texas”

Amanda Beckman

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Program
PhD Student in Dr. Rosenthal’s Lab
HOST: Schubot Center

“Lack of Sexual Dimorphism in Stress-Induced Corticosterone in West Texas Breeding Birds”

Viridiana Martinez

Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology
PhD Candidate in Dr. Grace’s Lab
Host: Schubot Center

Amanda Beckman holding a Turkey
Viridiana Martinez holding a male cardinal

Hannah Justen, MSc & Abby Kimmit, PhD

Apr. 9, 2021

“The Migratory Behavior of Juvenile Swainson’s Thrush Hybrids”

Hannah Justen, MSc

Department of Biology
Graduate Student in Dr. Kira Delmore’s Lab
HOST: Schubot Center

“Warmer Springs Predict Stronger Selection Favoring Earlier Breeding in a North American Songbird”

Abby Kimmit, PhD

Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology
Post-Doctoral Research in Dr. Grace’s Lab
Host: Schubot Center

Hannah Justen
Dr. Abby Kimmitt holding a small sparrow

Scott Echols, DVM, Diplomate ABVP-Avian Practice

“Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project-Implications Across the Species”

Mar. 26, 2021
Mobile Avian Surgical Services
The Medical Center for Birds (Oakley, CA)
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Sharman Hoppes

Learn More about Dr. Echols’ Work
Dr. Scott Echols holding a toucan

R. Keith Andringa

“Inter- and Intra- Specific Effects of Daily Weather on Dabbling Duck Collection Patterns”

Mar. 12, 2021
Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology
HOST: Schubot Center

Keith Andriga

Janina Krumbeck, PhD

“Insight into the Dermal Microbiome of Monk Parakeets” 

Feb. 25, 2021
MiDog, LLC
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Jill Heatley

Learn More about Dr. Janina Krumbeck’s work
Janina Krumbeck in a lab

Fall 2020

Dayvion Adams, MS Student

“Are Avian Malaria Parasites a Mosquito’s Biological Nightmare?”

Oct. 8, 2020
Department of Entomology
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Gabriel Hamer

Dayvion Adams holding a small bird

Taylor Hains, PhD Candidate

“Utilizing Genomics to Understand Parrot Evolutionary History and Enhancing Population Management for Conservation and Aviculture”

Sept. 30, 2020
University of Chicago
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Janice Boyd

Learn More about Taylor Hains’ Work
PhD candidate Taylor Hains holding a green and gray parrot

Spring 2020

Dr. Judilee Marrow, DVM Dipl. ACZM

“Attwater’s Prairie Chickens – Threats to Saving the Most Endangered Species of North American Grouse”

Feb. 11, 2020
Staff Veterinarian, Houston Zoo
HOST: Schubot Center/Stephen Levert

Learn More about the Houston Zoo’s Conservation Program
Dr. Judilee Marrow holding a prairie-chicken

Barbara Heidenreich

“Training to Improve Welfare and Release Success of Orangutans in Borneo”

Feb. 7, 2020
Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training
HOST: Schubot Center

Learn More about Barbara’s Work
Barbara Heidenreich standing across from an orangutan in the borneo rainforest

Fall 2019

Dr. Giri Athrey

“The Genetic History of an Ice Age Pioneer, the Whooping Crane”

Nov. 5, 2019
Assistant Professor, Department of Poultry Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
HOST: Schubot Center

Learn More about Dr. Giri Athrey’s Work
Dr. Giri Athrey holding a small black, white, and yellow bird.

Paulina Escandon, PhD Candidate

“Development of a Dot-Blot Enzyme Immunosorbent Assay to Detect Avian Bornavirus Antibodies”

Oct. 3, 2019
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Jeffrey Musser

Paulina Escandon holding a parrot

Sonia Hernandez, DVM, PhD DACZM

“Wetland Wanderer or Urban Specialist: The American White Ibis as a Model System to Understand the Impact of Urbanization and Resource Provisioning on Wildlife”

Sept. 6, 2019
University of Georgia
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Sarah Hamer

Learn More about Dr. Sonia Hernandez’s Work
Dr. Sonia Hernandez in a field with several white ibises

Spring 2019

Constance Woodman, PhD Student

“Avian Development and Reintroduction”

April 24, 2019
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (Mentor: Dr. Donald Brightsmith)
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Donald Brightsmith

Constance Woodman with two white cockatoos

Undergraduate Research Day, featuring Ashley Ridlon & Mariel Ortega

April 17, 2019

“Egg Loggers and the Undergraduate Experience”

Ashley Ridlon

Conservation Scholar research program (Mentor: Dr. Don Brightsmith)
HOST: Schubot Center/Constance Woodman

“The Effects of Phishing and Playback on Avian Fitness”

Mariel Ortega

Conservation Scholar research program (Mentor: Dr. Jacquie Grace)
HOST: Schubot Center

Ashley Ridlon next to her presentation board for Egg loggers and the Undergraduate Experience

Tom Tully, MS, DVM Diplomate, ABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian)

“Helping Develop the Unknown: A Clinical Zoological Medicine Research Program”

April 10, 2019
Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Jill Heatley

Learn More about Dr. Tom Tully’s Work
Dr. Tom Tully's headshot

Jeb Owens, MS, PhD

Apr. 2, 2019

“Avian Disease Ecology – Bridging Immunology, Behavior, and Landscape”

Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Washington State University
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Sarah Hamer

Learn More about Dr. Jeb Owens
Dr. Jeb Owens holding a small, yellow bird

Jill Heatley, MS, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACZM

Mar. 27, 2019

“Effects of Lithium Supplementation on Feather Plucking in Birds”

Presenting the work of Elizabeth Cruser (Undergraduate Research Scholar)
HOST: Schubot Center

Dr. Jill Heatley with a penguin

Paulina Escandon, PhD Student

“Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Treatment of Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) Experimentally Inoculated with Parrot Bornavirus 2”

Mar. 27, 2019
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Musser)
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Jeffrey Musser

Paulina Escandon holding a parrot

Allison Guggenheimer

“Correlating Body Condition and Habitat Management of Wintering Duck Populations in Texas Wetlands”

Mar. 20, 2019
WFSC Department (Mentor: Dr. Jacquie Grace)
HOST: Schubot Center/Dr. Jacquie Grace