Get Involved

With the Ecology of Bird Loss project, we connect with educators, students, and researchers to spread knowledge of natural history and conservation and to help train the next generation of leaders in ecology, conservation, and natural resource management.


The EBL Educators site has resources on natural history, conservation, and education for students in the Marianas. Teachers from the Marianas have contributed knowledge, experience, and lesson plans as part of our Research Experience for Teachers program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Student teachers

Lab manager Courtenay Ray and student teachers from Northern Mariana College out in the limestone forest on Saipan.

With Haldre Rogers (Iowa State University) and Ross Miller (University of Guam), we teach a field course in island ecology and conservation in the Marianas. This field course will be next offered in June 2018, and we look forward to having students from the Marianas and other Pacific islands join!

Island Ecology Course 2015

The island ecology course participants assemble for a group photo – with field notebooks in hand!

High school students can get involved through the Pacific STEP-UP (Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons) program funded through National Institutes of Health. New projects start up in May after school is out. A big congrats to Kloe Borja and Alyssa Cepeda, our first two STEP-UP participants!

Join the EBL project

Check out our jobs board for currently available positions. Our field crew works year-round studying the impacts of vertebrates in tropical forests, building natural history knowledge of this unique island chain, and working toward conservation solutions in a human-impacted ecosystem.

Tony with moss crown

Join our longest serving field biologist, Tony Castro, for a position with the EBL project. Moss headwear not required!