Jack Cerchiara

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Doctoral Candidate

Hello Penguin Fans!

I grew up in Scottsdale, AZ and attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio for my undergraduate education. Fighting through a whirlwind of majors, from Abnormal Psychology and Pre-Med, I finally found a love of Physiological Ecology. I was very fortunate as an undergrad to become involved in field ecology research, and began studying songbird populations and the stress of the harsh Ohio winter on their immune function.

After graduating from Kenyon College, I spent the following summer working at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, a remote study island in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Here, I studied the immune function Leach’s storm-petrels. I became fascinated with how the physiology of these small long-living seabirds allowed them to live so long. I really came to love working in the field, and made the decision to continue to graduate school.

After spending a year working in a lab at Arizona State University, where I studied the physiology of bird coloration, I came to the University of Washington in the Fall of 2007 and immediately had the honor of spending my first quarter of graduate study working at Punta Tombo, Argentina. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Biology, focusing on physiological ecology. I’m studying the affects of age, stress and reproduction on the physiology of Spheniscus penguins.

Publications:
  • Zangmeister, J.L., M.F. Haussmann, J. Cerchiara, C.E. Huntington, and R.A. Mauck. 2008. Sex and individual quality may mediate trade-offs in a long-lived seabird, Leach’s storm-petrel  (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). Ecology (in revision)
  • Zangmeister, J.L., M.F. Haussmann, J. Cerchiara, and R.A. Mauck. 2008. More than meets the eye: incubation failure and abandonment in Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). Journal of Avian Biology. (in review)
  • Zangmeister, J.L., M.F. Haussmann, J. Cerchiara, C.E. Huntington and R.A. Mauck. 2009.  Male-biased reproductive effort in a long-lived seabird, Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). Journal of Animal Ecology. (in review)
  • Zangmeister, J.L., M.F. Haussmann, J. Cerchiara, and R.A. Mauck. 2009. Incubation success and nest attendance: combining PIT and nest-temperature data reveals individual-specific behavior in Leach’s storm-petrels. Journal of Field Ornithology. (in review)