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Kristen Dillon

Kristen Dillon


I am a native of New England, but have spent the last 13 years wandering the western US and tend to call the desert southwest my home. I'm an avian ecologist interested in conservation, life history evolution, and behavioral ecology.

Research Interests

I work in Courtney Conway's lab. Broadly, my research interests are in avian ecology, conservation, behavioral ecology, and life history evolution. My research centers on explaining the causes of elevational variation in avian life history traits, with a specific focus on red-faced warblers breeding in the Santa Catalina Mountains, AZ. I completed my undergraduate degree in Political Ecology at Prescott College, and my Master's in Wildlife Conservation & Management at the University of Arizona. When not chasing birds, I am an avid backpacker, climber, biker and shoestring traveler. I’m also a strong believer in big skies, tall trees, good books, and strong tea.

Research Publications

  • Dillon, K.G., and C.J. Conway. 2018. Nest predation risk explains variation in avian clutch size. Behavioral Ecology 29:301-311. doi:10.1093/beheco/arx130 Download  | 
  • Dillon, K. G., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Elevational gradient in clutch size of red-faced warblers. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:163–172. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12099

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 236

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 712

Scientific Publications: 1967

Presentations: 4392


Contact Information

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  1. U.S. Geological Survey