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Professional Training

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey (2014-2017)
Advisors: Sara Oyler-McCance and Cameron Aldridge
Research focus: landscape genomics of the White-tailed Ptarmigan

AAAS Mass Media Fellow, National Geographic (2014)
Served as a science journalist for the daily news team

Education

Ph.D. in Ecology, Colorado State University (2014)
Advisors: Cameron Ghalambor (CSU) and Scott Sillett (Smithsonian) Dissertation: “Microgeographic divergence in a single-island endemic: evolutionary patterns and conservation implications”

M.Sc. in Biology, Queen's University (2007)
Advisors: Laurene Ratcliffe (Queen’s) and Peter Marra (Smithsonian)
Thesis: “Using stable isotopes to link breeding latitude with migratory patterns in songbirds”

B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology with distinction, Queen's University (2004)
Advisor: Laurene Ratcliffe
Thesis: “Are Neotropical-Nearctic migrant songbirds capital or income breeders? Evidence from stable isotopes”

Teaching Experience

Co-Instructor, Ornithology, Colorado State University (2013, 2014)
co-taught the lecture portion of the course and redesigned/reorganized lab content

Teaching Assistant, Evolution, Colorado State University (2012)
ran paper discussion groups and help sessions, and also created assignments

Teaching Assistant, Ornithology, Colorado State University (2011, 2012)
designed and taught laboratory sessions, including field trips capturing, banding, and identifying birds

Teaching Assistant, Introductory Statistics, Queen’s University (2006)
taught laboratory sessions

Teaching Assistant, Zoology, Queen’s University (2006)
taught laboratory sessions

Funding and Awards

Postdoctoral:

  • USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship, 2014
  • AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship, 2014

Ph.D.:

  • North American Ornithological Conference Student Presentation Award, 2012
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2012
  • CSU Sustainability Leadership Fellowship, 2011
  • Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship, 2011
  • Queen’s University Jean Royce Alumni Fellowship, 2010
  • Smithsonian Ornithology Student Research Award, 2008
  • American Ornithologists’ Union Student Research Award, 2008
  • Chapman Research Award (American Museum of Natural History), 2008
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (declined), 2007
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006

Master's:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2006
  • Bergstrom Research Award (Association of Field Ornithologists), 2005
  • Taverner Research Award (Society of Canadian Ornithologists), 2005
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, 2005

Undergraduate:

  • American Ornithologists’ Union Student Presentation Award, 2004
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (university-based), 2003 & 2004
  • Helen Arlis Deynes Scholarship in Biology, 2003
  • James H. Rattray Scholarship in Science, 2002
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (industry-based), 2002
  • Queen’s Appeal Undergraduate Scholarship, 2001 & 2002
  • Annie Bentley Lillie Prize in first-year Calculus, 2001
  • Dean’s Honour List with Distinction (top 3%), 2001-2004

Peer-reviewed Publications

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. 2017. Partial support for the central–marginal hypothesis within a population: reduced genetic diversity but not increased differentiation at the range edge of an island endemic bird. Heredity 119: 8-15

KM Langin. 2017. Tell me a story! A plea for more compelling conference presentations. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119: 321-326

KM Langin, TS Sillett, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. 2017. Bill morphology and neutral genetic structure both predict variation in acoustic signals within a bird population. Behavioral Ecology Behavioral Ecology 28: 866-873

SJ Oyler-McCance, KP Oh, KM Langin, and CL Aldridge. 2016. A field ornithologist's guide to genomics: practical considerations for ecology and conservation. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 133: 626-648

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, MA Desrosiers, and CK Ghalambor. 2015. Islands within an island: repeated adaptive divergence within a single population. Evolution 69: 653-665

JM Robertson, KM Langin, TS Sillett, SA Morrison, CK Ghalambor, and WC Funk. 2014. Identifying evolutionarily significant units and prioritizing populations for management on islands. Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist (special issue on the California islands) 7: 397-411

MB Pesendorfer, KM Langin, B Cohen, Z Principe, SA Morrison, and TS Sillett. 2014. Stand structure and acorn production of the Island Scrub Oak (Quercus pacifica). Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist (special issue on the California islands) 7: 246-259

HR Sofaer, TS Sillett, KM Langin, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. 2014. Partitioning the sources of demographic variation reveals density-dependent nest predation in an island bird population. Ecology and Evolution 4: 2738-2748

HR Sofaer+, KM Langin+, J Wilson, and TS Sillett. 2011. Demography of songbird populations in a rapidly changing world: the importance of long-term studies. American Biology Teacher 73: 285-287 (+authors contributed equally)

KM Langin, TS Sillett, J Yoon, HR Sofaer, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. 2009. Reproductive consequences of an extreme drought for orange-crowned warblers on Santa Catalina and Santa Cruz Islands. In: Damiani, C.C., and D.K. Garcelon (eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh California Islands Symposium, Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California. pp. 293-300

KM Langin, PP Marra, Z Nemeth, FR Moore, TK Kyser, and LM Ratcliffe. 2009. Breeding latitude and timing of spring migration in songbirds crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Avian Biology 40: 309-316

MW Reudink, PP Marra, TK Kyser, PT Boag, KM Langin, and LM Ratcliffe. 2009. Non-breeding season events influence sexual selection in a long-distance migratory bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society London Series B 276: 1619-1626

MW Reudink, PP Marra, KM Langin, CE Studds, TK Kyser, and LM Ratcliffe. 2008. Molt-migration in the American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) revisited: explaining variation in feather δD signatures. The Auk 125: 744-748

KM Langin, MW Reudink, PP Marra, DR Norris, TK Kyser, and LM Ratcliffe. 2007. Hydrogen isotopic variation in migratory bird tissues of known origin: implications for geographic assignment. Oecologia 152: 449-457

KM Langin, DR Norris, TK Kyser, PP Marra, and LM Ratcliffe. 2006. Capital versus income breeding in a migratory passerine bird: evidence from stable-carbon isotopes. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84: 947-953

Technical Reports

KM Langin+, MB Pesendorfer+, TS Sillett, CK Ghalambor, and SA Morrison. 2012. Non-breeding ecology of the Island Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma insularis): report on the Fall 2011 field season. Unpublished report submitted to The Nature Conservancy and Channel Islands National Park (+authors contributed equally)

MA Desrosiers, KM Langin, TS Sillett, SA Morrison, CK Ghalambor, WM Boyce, and LM Angeloni. 2011. Breeding ecology of the Island Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma insularis). Unpublished report submitted to The Nature Conservancy and Channel Islands National Park

KM Langin+, MB Pesendorfer+, TS Sillett, CK Ghalambor, and SA Morrison. 2011. Non-breeding ecology of the Island Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma insularis): report on the Fall 2010 field season. Unpublished report submitted to The Nature Conservancy and Channel Islands National Park (+authors contributed equally)

KM Langin, MB Pesendorfer, TS Sillett, CK Ghalambor, WM Boyce, and SA Morrison. 2009. Non-breeding ecology of the Island Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma insularis): report on the Fall 2009 field season. Unpublished report submitted to The Nature Conservancy and Channel Islands National Park

K Langin. "Ravens Remember People Who Suckered Them into an Unfair Deal," Science, June 2017

KM Langin. “The Importance of Small Change: On Beaks and Biodiversity on a California island,” Boom: A Journal of California, Fall 2015 issue

KM Langin. “Evolution Works in Fast, Localized, Mysterious Ways,” Slate’s Wild Things blog, Feb. 2015

KM Langin. “Galápagos Sea Lion Sons Are Mama’s Boys,” National Geographic News, Dec. 2014

KM Langin. “Bird Embryos Can Discern Between Calls – A First in Nature,” National Geographic News, Oct. 2014

KM Langin. “Captivating Pictures of Africa’s Disappearing Lions,” National Geographic News, Aug. 2014

KM Langin. “Big Cats at a Tipping Point in the Wild, Jouberts Warn,” National Geographic’s Cat Watch blog, Aug. 2014

KM Langin. “The Perils of Aging: A Problem for Citizen Science?,” National Geographic News, Aug. 2014

KM Langin. “Wooden Ship Unearthed at World Trade Center Site from Revolutionary-Era Philadelphia,” National Geographic News, July 2014

KM Langin. “Pictures: The World’s Tigers – There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild,” National Geographic News, July 2014

KM Langin. “Are Crows Smarter Than Children?,” National Geographic’s Weird & Wild blog, July 2014

KM Langin. “Bats Set Their Internal Compass at Dusk – A First Among Mammals, National Geographic’s Weird & Wild blog, July 2014

KM Langin. “Genetic Engineering to the Rescue Against Invasive Species?,” National Geographic News, July 2014

KM Langin. “Dead and Lost Boobies: Harbingers of a Growing El Niño?,” National Geographic's Ocean Views blog, July 2014

KM Langin. “Q&A: Inside the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil,” National Geographic's Weird & Wild blog, July 2014

KM Langin. “To Stay Alive, Ants Dump Their Dead,” National Geographic News, July 2014

KM Langin. “Albatross Internet Darling Takes First Flight,” National Geographic News, June 2014

KM Langin. “Summer Solstice Pictures: From Stonehenge to Carhenge,” National Geographic News, June 2014

KM Langin. “Fish-Eating Spiders Can Catch Prey 5 Times Their Size,” National Geographic News, June 2014

KM Langin. “Threatened Species 'Red List' Warns 90% of Lemur Species Face Extinction,” National Geographic News, June 2014

KM Langin. “Sea Otter Moms Risk Lives to Raise Babies,” National Geographic's Weird & Wild blog, June 2014

Conference Presentations

KM Langin, CL Aldridge, JA Fike, RS Cornman, K Martin, GT Wann, AE Seglund, M Schroeder, B Fedy, J Young, D Benson, S Wilson, and S Oyler-McCance. Evaluating evolutionarily significant units in an alpine-endemic bird: a conservation genomics approach. Oral presentation, North American Ornithological Conference, Washington, D.C., Aug. 2016

KM Langin, JA Fike, CL Aldridge, GT Wann, AE Seglund, and SJ Oyler-McCance. How distinct is Rocky Mountain National Park’s White-tailed Ptarmigan population? Insights from a genetic analysis of park birds and beyond. Oral presentation, 2015 Rocky Mountain National Park Research Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, March 2015

KM Langin, TS Sillett, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Linkage between bill morphology and vocalization structure in Island Scrub-Jays: a driver of adaptive divergence in sympatry? Oral presentation, American Ornithologists’ Union Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 2013

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Conservation genetics and habitat-related divergence in the Island Scrub-Jay. Oral presentation, California Islands Symposium, Ventura, California, Oct. 2012

JM Robertson, KM Langin, TS Sillett, SA Morrison, CK Ghalambor, and WC Funk. Identifying evolutionary significant units and prioritizing populations for management on islands. Oral presentation, California Islands Symposium, Ventura, California, Oct. 2012

MB Pesendorfer, KM Langin, B Cohen, Z Principe, SA Morrison, and TS Sillett. Stand density and seed production of the Island Scrub-Oak. Oral presentation, California Islands Symposium, Ventura, California, Oct. 2012

MA Desrosiers, KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, CK Ghalambor, and LM Angeloni. Social context of extra-pair paternity and intraspecific aggression in breeding Island Scrub-Jays. Oral presentation, California Islands Symposium, Ventura, California, Oct. 2012

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Habitat heterogeneity drives small-scale divergence in an island endemic bird. Oral presentation, Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists’ Meeting, University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station, Colorado, Sept. 2012

KM Langin+, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Divergence with gene flow: local adaptation in bill morphology within a single-island endemic, the Island Scrub-Jay. Oral presentation, North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Aug. 2012 [+received student presentation award]

M Desrosiers, KM Langin, TS Sillett, CK Ghalambor, and LM Angeloni. The social context of extra-pair paternity and intraspecific aggression in breeding Island Scrub-Jays. Poster presentation, North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Aug. 2012

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Landscape genetic structure in a bird species endemic to a single island: divergence with gene flow? Oral presentation, 1st Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, July 2012

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Morphological and genetic divergence in the Island Scrub-Jay: local adaptation within a single-island endemic? Oral presentation, Cooper Ornithological Society/Wilson Ornithological Society/Association of Field Ornithologists’ Meeting, Kearney, Nebraska, Mar. 2011

HR Sofaer, KM Langin, TS Sillett, and CK Ghalambor. Density dependence in two seasons: demographic effects of competition and climate. Oral presentation, Cooper Ornithological Society/Wilson Ornithological Society/Association of Field Ornithologists’ Meeting, Kearney, Nebraska, Mar. 2011

KM Langin, TS Sillett, WC Funk, SA Morrison, and CK Ghalambor. Small-scale adaptive divergence in North America’s most range-restricted bird, the Island Scrub-Jay. Oral presentation, Front Range Student Ecology Symposium, Fort Collins, Colorado, Feb. 2011

KM Langin, TS Sillett, J Yoon, HR Sofaer, and CK Ghalambor. To breed or not to breed? Demographic consequences of the driest winter on record for songbirds on Catalina and Santa Cruz Islands. Oral presentation, California Islands Symposium, Oxnard, California, Feb. 2008

MW Reudink, PP Marra, TK Kyser, PT Boag, KM Langin, and LM Ratcliffe. Non-breeding season carry-over effects influence polygyny and extra-pair paternity in a Neotropical migratory bird. Oral presentation, International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Ithaca, New York, Aug. 2008

TK Kyser, LM Ratcliffe, and KM Langin. Mineralogy and chemistry of passerine egg shells as a reflection of geosphere-biosphere interactions and changing ecology. Oral presentation, Frontiers in Mineral Sciences, Cambridge, UK, June 2007

KM Langin, PP Marra, FR Moore, Z Nemeth, TK Kyser, and LM Ratcliffe. Breeding latitude and spring passage timing in migratory songbirds. Oral presentation, North American Ornithological Conference, Veracruz, Mexico, Oct. 2006

KM Langin, MW Reudink, TK Kyser, DR Norris, PP Marra, and LM Ratcliffe. Individual variation in δD within a breeding population of American redstarts. Poster presentation, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Apr. 2006

KM Langin+, DR Norris, TK Kyser, PP Marra, and LM Ratcliffe. Are Neotropical-Nearctic migrant songbirds capital or income breeders? Evidence from stable isotopes. Oral presentation, American Ornithologists’ Union/Society of Canadian Ornithologists’ Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Aug. 2004 [+received student presentation award as an undergraduate in competition with senior Ph.D. students]

KM Langin, DR Norris, TK Kyser, and LM Ratcliffe. Are Neotropical-Nearctic migrant songbirds capital or income breeders? Evidence from stable isotopes. Poster presentation, Ontario Biology Day, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Mar. 2004

Other Presentations

KM Langin. Islands within an island: microgeographic divergence in a narrowly-distributed bird. Invited talk for the Department of Zoology and Physiology’s Seminar Series at the University of Wyoming, Apr. 2016

KM Langin. Conservation of adaptive potential in a changing world: evolutionary patterns in Island Scrub-Jays and White-tailed Ptarmigan. Seminar for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Fort Collins Science Center Seminar Series, Ft. Collins, Colorado, April 2015; following invitation by attendee, seminar repeated for the inventory and monitoring branches of the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ft. Collins, Colorado, June 2015

KM Langin. Talking science with busy journalists: tips for communicating with the media. Talk for the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology’s Seminar Series at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, February 2015

KM Langin. Islands within an island: microgeographic divergence in a narrowly-distributed bird. Seminar for the Biology Department’s Seminar Series at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, April 2014

KM Langin and MB Pesendorfer. Overview of Island Scrub-Jay research on Santa Cruz Island. Invited talk for a 40-person group of field station docents from Stanford University, UC Field Station, Santa Cruz Island, California, Oct. 2011

KM Langin. Population genetic structure of Island Scrub-Jays. Talk given to Island Scrub-Jay Working Group, Ft. Collins, Colorado, July 2011

KM Langin and MB Pesendorfer. Spatial and temporal variation in acorn abundance on Santa Cruz Island. Talk given to Island Scrub-Jay Working Group, Ft. Collins, Colorado, July 2011

KM Langin. Body size in scrub-jays: insular syndrome and the importance of being dominant. Talk given at Jay Camp III, Archbold Biological Station, Florida, June 2009

KM Langin. Hydrogen isotopes as a tool for tracking migratory birds. Seminar given to the Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research, Department of Geology, Queen’s University, and also to the Wikelski/Hau Research Group, Princeton University, Feb. 2007

KM Langin. Using stable isotopes to link breeding latitude with migratory patterns in songbirds. Seminar for the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Seminar Series, Department of Biology, Queen’s University, Jan. 2007

KM Langin and MW Reudink. Year-round behavior and ecology of a migratory songbird. Guest lecture for a field course entitled “Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology of Birds,” held at the Queen’s University Biological Station, May 2006

KM Langin and MW Reudink. Dr. Strangebird or: How we learned to stop worrying and love the redstart. Seminar for the Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution Research Seminar Series, Department of Biology, Queen’s University, Apr. 2006

KM Langin. Using stable isotopes to investigate life-history tradeoffs in a migratory bird. Seminar for the Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution Research Seminar Series, Department of Biology, Queen’s University, Mar. 2005

Academic Service

Manuscript Reviews: Ibis, Ecological Monographs, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Biological Conservation, Journal of Ornithology (x2), Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Zoology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Condor: Ornithological Applications (x2), Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Avian Biology (x5), PLOS ONE, Population Ecology (x2), The Auk: Ornithological Advances, Conservation Genetics Resources, Evolution Letters

Committees: selection committee for alumni fellowships at Queen’s University (2006); selection committee for the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship program (2015, 2016, 2017)

Mentorship: supervised ten undergraduate students, two doing fieldwork in California, six in data management and laboratory projects at Colorado State University, and four who assisted with ornithology lab sessions and field trips at Colorado State University

Departmental Events: organized the Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution Research Seminar Series at Queen’s University (2006); created and maintained a website for a graduate student seminar series at Colorado State University (2010); started a popular women-in-science lunch series at Colorado State University and organized seven events with mentors that included biology professors, local scientists at government agencies, a visiting evolutionary biologist (Rosemary Grant), and a visiting astronaut (Mary Cleave) (2012-2013)

Other: member of the Early Career Editorial Board for the journal Condor: Ornithological Applications (2011-2013); served as an undergraduate poster judge at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado (2012)

Outreach and Communication

Public Education Initiatives: took a group of 30 foresters to a northern goshawk nest site in British Columbia to discuss the impacts of timber harvest (2002); developed and presented interactive booths on songbird research at open houses hosted by the Queen’s University Biological Station in Ontario (2003, 2004) and at Earth Day celebrations hosted by the Catalina Island Conservancy in California (2007, 2008); demonstrated the process of capturing birds for visitors to a California reserve owned by The Nature Conservancy, including high-profile donors to the organization (7 groups in 2009 and 2010)

Citizen Science: started a program to encourage birders to report sightings of individually-marked Island Scrub-Jays on Santa Cruz Island (2010)

Media Training: trained as a Global Sustainability Leadership Fellow at Colorado State University (2011), a program focused on communication that was implemented by Nancy Baron of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and members of the press (writers for the New York Times, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Magazine, and The Economist); participated in a workshop on science communication in Ontario (2012), which involved a number of journalists, including Carl Zimmer of the New York Times

Educational Material: co-created two learning modules to teach fundamental concepts in evolutionary ecology and population ecology to students from the junior high school to the undergraduate level (2008, 2009)

School Trips: visited elementary school classrooms in Ontario and British Columbia to teach students how ornithologists study birds (2004, 2005); served as a group leader for an ecology-oriented educational field trip for middle school girls at Colorado State University (2011)

Web Material: maintained a blog about research being conducted at the Queen’s University Biological Station in Ontario (2006-2007); contributed to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s website, which receives >100,000 unique visits per month, by maintaining a blog about fieldwork in California and Alaska (2008) and by writing the January 2009 Bird of the Month article; wrote popular stories about my Ph.D. research for Slate and Boom: A Journal of California (2015)