Missing Maria!

Dr. Dai Shizuka (PI)

Current Lab Members:

Dr. Allison Johnson (Postdoc)

Allison works on cooperative breeding in fairywrens, heterospecific recognition, long-term social network dynamics. Visit her website here.

Laura Vander Meiden (Ph.D. Student)


Laura is working on heterospecific interactions in the context of mixed-species flocks.

Annie Madsen (Ph.D. Student)


Annie is a Ph.D. student studying how animal culture and long-term dynamics of social networks influence populations and communities. She is working with two different study systems: our long-term study of golden-crowned sparrows, as well as long-term dataset on Asian elephants in Sri Lanka in collaboration with Dr. Shermin de Silva, founder of Trunks & Leaves. Here is her website.

Faiza Hafeez (Ph.D. Student)

Faiza with a red-winged blackbird (handled with proper permit and training).

Faiza is a Ph.D. student who has already attained two Masters degrees, one in Wildlife Ecology from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, and one in Psychology from University of Buffalo. She is working on unraveling the function of vocal communication networks in birds in the wild!

Undergraduate Students:

We currently (summer 2021) have 3 undergraduate/postbac researchers working in the lab:

Brady Pham has been working in the lab since Fall 2020 and has just graduated in May 2021! Brady is staying on doing work in the lab through the summer while getting experience in preparation for pursuing a graduate degree in public health.

Furqan Mahdi started working in the lab in Fall 2020 as a First Year Research Experience (FYRE) fellow. She has been leading the team extracting behavior data from videos for two different projects, covering a wide swath of the current work in our lab. She is a Biosystems Engineering major.

Yasmin Worth is a member of our inaugural class of Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) Research Bridge Program. She graduated from North Star High School in Lincoln, NE in May 2021 and has jumped right into working in our lab this summer! She is Pre-Vet.

Lab Alumni:

Kris Hans (Undergraduate UCARE student)


Kris received funding from the UNL UCARE research fellowship to conduct work on winter ecology of birds using our new RFID feeder system.

Dr. Eli Strauss (Postdoc)


Eli will start in the Shizuka Lab starting Fall 2019. He comes to us from the Holekamp Lab at MSU, where he completed his Ph.D. in Spring 2019. Check out his research on his website here.


Maria Goller (Ph.D. 2020)

Maria finished her Ph.D. on evolution and function of vocal mimicry in May 2020.


Emily Hudson (Ph.D. 2018):

Emily finished her Ph.D. on December 2018. She is now a postdoc in the Creanza Lab at Vanderbilt University.

Posing with our 30th bird! (Our target sample size for each study area)

Matt Wilkins (Postdoc: 2014-2016)

Matt is currently a postdoc at Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach. Find out more at his website and twitter.


Arich Knaub (Undergraduate researcher)

Arich graduate with a major in Math and minor in Biology in Spring 2019. He now teaches math in high school.

Bridget Bickner (Lab Tech)

Briget has been working as lab technician running various DNA analyses. She is now a Ph.D. student at Harvard with Dr. Robin Hopkins.