Dr. Dai Shizuka (PI)Dai_Justin


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.

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. Student)


Maria is studying vocal mimicry and communication, primarily in starlings.

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 our former lab manager-turned-Ph.D. student starting Fall 2019! Here is her website. She is co-advised by Dr. Jamilynn Poletto.


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.

Lab Alumni:

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

Matt Wilkins (Postdoc: 2014-2016)Posing with our 30th bird! (Our target sample size for each study area)Matt is currently a postdoc at Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach. Find out more at his website and twitter.

Arich Knaub (Undergraduate researcher)KnaubArich graduate with a major in Math and minor in Biology in Spring 2019. He now teaches math in high school.

Bridget Bickner (Lab Tech)

Bridget has been working as lab technician running various DNA analyses. She will be off to a Ph.D. program at Harvard with Dr. Robin Hopkins.