Maybellene Gamboa

I am a new PhD student co-advised by Cameron Ghalambor and Chris Funk. I obtained my BS from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I continued working with Dr. Steve Beissinger exploring interspecific interactions among rails in small, isolated wetlands as well as aiding in other ornithological projects. I am broadly interested in understanding morphological and behavioral adaptive variation among populations. By disentangling the primary factors influencing population dynamics and adaptive variation, I aim to help inform conservation decisions regarding species and populations of concern. My work will focus on the Channel Island Song Sparrow, a species restricted to a few islands off the coast of southern California.