Jessi L. Brown, Ph.D.

Generally, my research interests are broad and include population dynamics, landscape ecology, cooperative foraging behavior, and the use of stable isotopes in ecology.  My primary work now is to help prioritize and direct conservation efforts for the Golden Eagle in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Having completed my Ph.D. somewhat recently, I continue to publish my dissertation research on the ecology and life history evolution of the Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) conducted while a student at the University of Nevada, Reno in Mike Collopy's Raptor Ecology Lab. I am completing manuscripts from my postdoc position at the University of California Davis reviewing the monitoring and sampling protocols for assessing the population of the endangered Delta smelt of the Sacramento and San Joaquin estuary. Finally, I am wrapping up work conducted with Paolo Luschi’s lab in Pisa, Italy on modeling sea turtle movements. We are using Bayesian state-space switching models to analyze navigation (possibly aided by magnetic cues) of satellite-tagged green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the Mozambique Channel (photo to left is of a green and me, but not from this project - thanks, Mote Marine!). Please explore my site using the links above.


Check out the My Albums page for an album sharing some images from the Reno goldfinch project, or TruMP-CARD (Truckee Meadows Project on Cardueline Avian Resource Distribution).

I've completed an "instructable" detailing how to build your own nest box for the American Kestrel. Please check it out here.

Last updated 17 October 2018


Assistant Research Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Western Golden Eagle Team member, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Please feel free to contact me

E-mail: jessilbrown AT gmailDOTcom