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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

Technical Publications

  • Dillon, K. G., and C. J. Conway. 2017. Patterns and causes of elevational variation in avian species richness. Final Report for USGS GAP Analysis Program.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417


Contact Information

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey