Hello! I’m Ellie Diamant, currently a Conservation Biology Master’s student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Department at Columbia University. Broadly, I’m interested in avian social behavior and sexual selection as a lens to understand avian behavioral ecology. I’m interested in the effect of anthropogenic change on animal behavior through basic science questions.

Currently for my Master’s thesis, I am working with Dr. Dustin Rubenstein to study female-limited plumage polymorophisms across the hummingbird lineage. I am using over 15,000 museum specimens primarily at the American Museum of Natural History to determine the evolution, intrasexual and intraspecific variation, and the function of male-like female morphs across over 300 species of hummingbirds.

Previously, I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Davidson College in Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences and completed minor requirements in French and Francophone Studies. There, I conducted research with Dr. Mark Stanback on proximate and ultimate mechanisms for Eastern Bluebird ejection of brood parasitic eggs. This paper is currently in review.

Finally, I am also interested in questions pertaining to global conservation justice issues and questioning the frameworks within which we as scientists work and think. For example, I have explored the political ecology and subsequent justice issues related to conservation militarization and the ivory trade with Dr. Jeff Rose and presented two talks on the subject.

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