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Christopher E. Hill


Christopher E. Hill B.A. University of Massachusetts
M.S. Eastern Kentucky University
Ph.D. University of Washington

Email: chill@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2567
Fax: 843-349-2201
Office - SCI 127

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Courses:  Biological Science I (BIOL 121), Biological Science II (BIOL 122), Ornithology (BIOL 461/561), Molecular Techniques in Biology (BIOL 451/551), Animal Behavior (BIOL 436/536)

Research Interests:  I have interests in bird song, in bird mating systems, in population genetics of marsh-nesting sparrrows, and in conservation of seabirds and marsh birds. I often collaborate with researchers at other institutions. Current projects in my lab are focussed on the wintering ecology of three species of sparrows that winter in salt marshes and that may be strongly affected by sea level rise:

  • Habitat use by three wintering sparrows of salt marshes (with Kim Trinkle)
  • Site fidelity of wintering saltmarsh sparrows (with Susan Shaw)

Selected Publications:

Hill CE, Akcay C, Campbell SE, Beecher MD (2011) Extra-pair paternity, song, and genetic quality in song sparrows. Behavioral Ecology 22: 73-81

Hill CE , Gjerdrum C, Elphick CS (2010) Extreme levels of multiple mating characterize the mating system of the Saltmarsh Sparrow Ammodramus caudacutus. Auk 127: 300-307

Hill CE , *Copenhaver KA, *Gangler RK, *Whaley JA (2005) Does light intensity influence song output by Northern Mockingbirds? Chat 69: 61-67.

CHill CE and Post W (2005) Extra-pair paternity in Seaside Sparrows. Journal of Field Ornithology 76: 119-126.

Hoekstra HE, Hoekstra JM, Berrigan DM, Hoang A, Vigneri SN, Hill CE , Beerli P & Kingsolver JG (2001) Strength and tempo of directional selection in the wild. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA 98: 9157-9160