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Melissa Brady Hannay

203 Natural Sciences Building Michigan State University East Lansing, 48824 830-431-1691

Michigan State University: dual Ph.D. in Zoology; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior,
expected 2017
University of Michigan: M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010
University of Texas at Austin: B.S. in Mathematics, 2009
University of Texas at Austin: B.S. in Honors Biology, 2009

Grants & Fellowships

Tinker Graduate Student Field Research Grant, Spring 2014, Michigan State University: $1375
CLACS Study Abroad/Research Scholarship, Spring 2014, Michigan State University: $600
Wallace Grant-in-Aid of Research, Spring 2014, Michigan State University: $500
Quantitative Biology Fellowship, Fall 2013-Spring 2014, Michigan State University: $26,500
Early Start Fellowship, Fall 2013, Michigan State University: $6,000 (declined)
Research Training Group Grant in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Spring 2008, University of Texas: $3,000
Research Training Group REU in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Summer 2008, University of Texas: $3,000
Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2005-2006, University of Texas: $500

Honors & Awards

University Honors, Fall 2003-Spring 2004, Fall 2007-Spring 2008, University of Texas
Junior Fellows, Fall 2007-Spring 2008, University of Texas
College Scholar, 2007 and 2008, University of Texas
Deans Scholars Honors Program, admitted Fall 2005, University of Texas

Research Experience
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center field assistant, January-May 2013
Territory mapping of American Redstarts, mist-netting, collecting foraging behavioral data,
data entry and maintenance, vegetation measurements and insect sampling
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology field assistant, March-August 2012
Catching, banding and measuring both adult and nestling Great Tits; taking blood samples;
scoring aggressiveness and exploration behavior during behavioral observations; taking video data
in the field; instructing students; planning and coordination of field work; data and lab equipment
management; vegetation surveys

Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science banding intern, August-November 2011
Mist-netting and banding adult birds ( 300 individuals), using the Pyle guide to age and sex
birds, color banding, conducting bird area surveys, submitting bird survey data to the California
Avian Data Center, managing banding data, conducting outreach to the public
Point Reyes Bird Observatory nest monitoring intern, March-July 2011
Territory mapping of breeding birds, re-sighting color bands, nest searching and monitoring, banding nestlings (39 individuals), creating digitized territory maps using ArcGIS, vegetation
Biologist, Bird survey for a private landowners wildlife manage plan, April 2009

Publications & Presentations

PRBO breeding bird publication, 2011
Territory write up for all breeding bird territories on grid 2 for the 2011 breeding season. Point
Reyes Bird Observatory Library
Honors Undergraduate Thesis: Chain binomial simulations on lion contact networks.
Junior Fellows Presentation: Modeling the spread of canine distemper virus, given March 2008

Teaching Experience
Teaching Assistant for Tropical Biology, Fall 2014, Michigan State University
Teaching Assistant for Ecology, Fall 2014, Michigan State University
Graduate Student Instructor for Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Spring 2010, University of Michigan
Graduate Student Instructor for Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution, Fall 2009, University of Michigan
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Honors Research Methods, Fall 2008, University of Texas
Mathematics Department Grader for Precalculus, Fall 2008, University of Texas
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Research Methods, Fall 2007, University of Texas

Computer & Other Skills

Languages: Java, Perl, Python, LaTex
Software: Mathematica, Matlab, Octave, R, ArcGIS, FoxPro, all Microsoft Office programs
Certified by the North American Banding Council as a Bander
Can drive manual transmission vehicles

Service Contributions
Volunteer bird bander for MSU Science Festival, 2013
Ornithology mentor, Washtenaw County Alliance for Gifted Education, Summer 2010
Teaching bird watching techniques and discussing careers in ornithology
Member, University of Texas Ornithology Club, 2008-2009
Organized birding activities and managed the groups website