Ally Davidge(She/Her) is a non-degree seeking graduate student at the University of Colorado, Denver and an industry professional with six years of applied field experience.
She currently works a technology sector coding job full-time. In addition she is authoring publications with the Reinke Lab www.bethreinke.com, (Northeastern Illinois University) focusing on evolutionary ecology and freshwater mite communities as well as Dr. Andrea Contina www.andreacontina.com, (University of Colorado, Denver) focusing on stable isotope analysis and integrative biology. She volunteers with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as an entomology collections assistant and digital archivist to learn more about the concepts of evolution. She hopes to build a relationship with the museum that can be used to support research.
Ally is a certified associate wildlife biologist with The Wildlife Society and belongs to the Women in Wildlife Working Group as well as the Out in the Field initiative. She belives in helping more diverse voices be heard in STEM. Ally is currently seeking a graduate assistantship in a lab related to her interests with a strong mentor and a diverse cohort.
University of Colorado, Denver
BSc Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2014
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Nutcrackers are resource driven foragers. Within Yellowstone National Park we are trying to determine which confier species are important to nutcrackers and how they use them during cone ripening season. Ally is a Graduate Research Assistant on this project tasked with collecting an analyzing the data.
Freshwater mites are present in lakes and streams. They, like many other macroinvertebrates, can be an indicator of water quality. This project will investigate what water attirbutes can be associated with mites and why.
Understanding pigmentation of painted turtles through a long-term mark re-capture study spear-headed by the Reinke Lab (Northeastern Illinois University). Ally performs field collection to support this project.
Where do birds that end up in international pet trade come from? How do we know whether or not they have been legally obtained? What happens when a cute colorful songbird crosses a mosaic of different laws and regulations along its migratory route?
Investigation into available prey items in urban environments. Camera traps were laid out to get a feel for the food sources available in heavily urban environments. The next step will be a more intense search/assessment followed by connecting those abundances back to urban raptor ecology.