Research Interests and Background
I grew up in the Detroit area of Michigan and developed an intense interest in birds at a young age. My obsession with birds led to an interest in general ecology as I noticed the relationships between birds, plants, and other animals that I encountered while out birding. I attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, receiving degrees in Biology and Spanish. After graduating, I spent two blissful years as an itinerant field biologist/environmental educator, a time when my work duties included catching prairie-chickens and dressing up as an 18th-century fur trader. From 2016-2018, I attended the University of Alabama and received a Master’s in Biological Sciences. There, my research was in quantitative avian ecology, in particular focusing on how birds respond to human modification to landscapes.
I work collaboratively with Snapshot Wisconsin, a citizen-science camera-trapping program operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. I am broadly interested in how environmental heterogeneity (e.g., land cover, primary productivity, weather, climate) affect the distributions, behaviors, and interactions of wildlife species. A reluctant statistician, I am passionate about making quantitative methods accessible and understandable to ecological practitioners.
Gilbert, N.A., B.S. Pease, C.M. Anhalt-Depies, J.D.J. Clare, J.L. Stenglein, P.A. Townsend, T.R. Van Deelen, and B. Zuckerberg. In press. Integrating harvest and camera trap data in species distribution models. Biological Conservation.
Gilbert, N.A., J.D.J. Clare, J.L. Stenglein, and B. Zuckerberg. 2021. Abundance estimation of unmarked animals based on camera-trap data. Conservation Biology 35:88-100.
M.S. Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, 2018. Thesis: Modeling habitat associations of early successional birds in human-dominated landscapes of the Southeast.
B.A. Biology, B.S. Spanish, Calvin College, 2014.