I am interested in ecology and evolution, and most of my work has focused on birds and more recently mammals. Our department of birds and mammals conducts research on local marine mammals, collaborates with US Fish and Wildlife for important surveys of public lands, and we do a variety of research ranging from studying why birds fly into windows in urban settings to how toxic birds acquire and use poisons for defense to using genetics to study relationships among species of animals (and more...) We currently have students in the lab ranging from high school, Masters students, PhD students
Marine mammal data collection on Bay Area beaches
Co-evolution of quill mites (Syringophilidae) and their bird hosts
Birds of Southeast Asia
Ageing & sexing passerines using molt criteria
My research has focused on the behavioral ecology of vertebrates, conservation, and mammalian taxonomy. At the Academy, African small mammal ecology and taxonomy has been my research focus, especially sengis or elephant-shrews. To read more about my active research, please visit www.rathbunX2.com. My early career focused on the conservation of Florida manatees, California sea otters, and several aquatic vertebrates, including California red-legged frogs and Pacific pond turtles.
I received my M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from San Francisco State University in 2013, studying avian malaria in Alaskan Black-capped Chickadees. At CAS, I focus on curatorial projects and specimen preparation.