Ally Davidge (She/Her) is a Master’s student in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado, Denver and an industry professional with seven years of applied field experience.
She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant leading Honors General Biology labs. She also places cameras for the Urban Wildlife Information Network efforts to collect Denver urban wildlife data. In addition, she is authoring a publication with the Reinke Lab www.bethreinke.com, (Northeastern Illinois University) focusing on evolutionary ecology and freshwater mite communities. She volunteers with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as an ornithology collections assistant and digital archivist to learn more about the concepts of evolution.
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 believes in helping more diverse voices be heard in STEM. Ally is currently studying urban Cooper’s hawks and their spatial requirements in Denver for her Master’s thesis.
University of Colorado, Denver
BSc Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2014
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
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.
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.
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?
A collaborative network of cities around the world participate in placing camera traps and audio recording units out four times a year to record urban wildlife. In Denver, that data is used to teach undegraduate students about research during intorductory biology lab.