Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – 2014
Advisors: Dr. Peter P. Marra and Dr. Thomas W. Sherry
M.S. Biology – 2008
Portland State University
Advisor: Dr. Michael T. Murphy
B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife – 2003
Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution (2018-present)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (2014-2017)
Predoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution (2013-2014)
Research Assistant, Tulane University (2011-2013)
Teaching Assistant, Tulane University (2008-2011)
Teaching Assistant, Portland State University (2005-2008)
10. Cooper, N.W., D.N. Ewert, K.R. Hall, S.M. Rockwell, D. Currie, J.M. Wunderle Jr., J.D. White, and P.P. Marra. 2018. Re-sighting data reveal weak
connectivity from wintering to breeding grounds in a range-restricted and endangered long-distance migratory passerine. Avian Conservation and
9. Cooper, N.W., M.T. Hallworth, and P.P. Marra. 2017. Light-level geolocation reveals wintering distribution, migratory routes, and primary stopover
locations of an endangered long-distance migratory songbird. Journal of Avian Biology. 48:209-219.
8. Chutter, C.M., M.T. Murphy, L.J. Redmond, N.W. Cooper, A.C. Dolan, and D. Duffield. 2016. Paternal behavior in a socially monogamous but sexually
promiscuous passerine bird. Behavior. 153:443-446.
7. Redmond, L.J., M.T., Murphy, N.W. Cooper, and K.M. O'Reilly. 2016. Testosterone secretion in a socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous
migratory passerine. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 228:23-42.
6. Cooper, N.W., P.P. Marra, and T.W. Sherry. 2015. Experimental reduction of winter food decreases body condition and delays migration in a long-
distance migratory bird. Ecology. 96:1933-1942.
5. Cooper, N.W., P.P. Marra, and T.W. Sherry. 2014. Modeling three-dimensional space use and overlap in birds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances.
4. Cooper, N.W., M.A. Thomas, M.B. Garfinkel, K.L. Schneider, and P.P. Marra. 2012. Comparing the precision, accuracy, and efficiency of branch clipping
and sweep netting for sampling arthropods in two Jamaican forest types. Journal of Field Ornithology. 83:381-390.
3. Cooper, N.W., M.T. Murphy, and L.J. Redmond, and A.C. Dolan. 2011. Reproductive correlates of spring arrival date in the Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus
tyrannus. Journal of Ornithology. 152:143-152.
2. Cooper, N.W., M.T. Murphy, and L.J. Redmond. 2009. Age- and sex-dependent spring arrival dates of Eastern Kingbirds. Journal of Field Ornithology.
1. Cooper, N.W., M.T. Murphy, L.J. Redmond, and A.C. Dolan. 2009. Density-dependent age at first reproduction in the Eastern Kingbird. Oikos.
Competitive Grants and Awards
USFWS Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program $82,459
USFWS Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (2018) $77,963
James Bond Fund (2017) $24,575
National Geographic Long-Distance Animal Migration $109,215
USFWS Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (2017) $49,455
James Bond Fund (2016) $50,300
USFWS Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (2015) $102,593
USFWS Joint Venture Flex Fund (2015) $43,950
USFWS Joint Venture Flex Fund (2014) $34,600
Animal Behavior Society Student Research Award $500
Forbes-Lea Research Fund $650
Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship $48,000
Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship $30,500
University of Missouri Graduate Research Fellowship (declined) $80,000