The Team

Citizen Scientists (You!)

You too can be part of the Sparrow Swap Team by joining the project, sending house sparrow eggs to the Museum, and sharing your observations and feedback with us. You can join the project in SciStarter by clicking here.

Caren Cooper

Caren Cooper, PhD

Caren is an Associate Professor in Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and Assistant Head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Caren’s research focuses on bird behavior and reproduction, residential stewardship and conservation, and community pollution bio-monitoring and mapping. She has two current citizen science projects: Sparrow Swap and Sound Around Town. She is the author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery.

Suzanne Hartley

Suzanne is a graduate student at North Carolina State University pursuing a master’s degree in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation. She became interested in birds, insects, fungi and plants through her experience growing up on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her previous research experiences include working with juvenile salmon and aquatic insects in Alaska and studying the use of parasitic nematodes as a control for an invasive cranefly. She is also passionate about sharing the curiosities of science and the natural world with people of all backgrounds and ages.

Aubrey Wiggins

Aubrey is a naturalist who enjoys all wildlife from bluebirds to turtles to moths. At the Museum, Aubrey can be found helping curate mice in the mammal’s collection, entering data for the herpetology research lab at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, talking to visitors about flesh eating beetles, and being an essential part of the Sparrow Swap Team. As part of the Sparrow Swap Team, Aubrey photographs the house sparrow eggs when they arrive at the Museum, monitors the team’s bluebird boxes, creates Facebook posts, and keeps everybody smiling.

Kathryn Jewell

Kathryn Jewell is an undergraduate at NC State studying Zoology and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. She is an intern for the spring semester, and is currently spending the majority of her time working on the SpotEgg software until the eggs start coming in! At NC State, she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and when not studying, enjoys being outside and training for her spartan race!

Rohan Krishnamoorthy

Rohan is a Junior in Political Science at NC State. He is an Intern for the Fall Semester, and has an interest in Public Policy. Having grown up in the Triangle, he has an interest in the wildlife of North Carolina and conservation efforts in the state.

Hannah Mazeski

Hannah is a sophomore in Environmental Technology and Management at NC State. Her love for the environment developed at a young age as she grew up in a small town in Oregon. Her main interests are in studying the effects contaminants and pollutants have on ecosystems, she is also interested in developing green and bio friendly products one day.

Carol Gause

Carol is a senior at NC State University, majoring in environmental science with a focus on forest ecology. She is passionate about conservation, environmental education, and spending time outdoors. Some of her hobbies include birding, camping, hiking, and whitewater kayaking. She is always up for an adventure! Carol has had an interest in birds since she was young and took an Ornithology course recently that inspired her to pursue related research opportunities. She is very excited to be helping out with Sparrow Swap!

Advisory Board

Paula Ziebarth

Like the Eastern Bluebird, Paula is native to Ohio. She grew up on the west side of Cleveland and settled in central Ohio after graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. She began monitoring Bluebird Trails in 2002. Paula is the Delaware County area contact for the Ohio Bluebird Society (OBS). She is also Coordinator of the Delaware County Chapter of Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch. Last year Paula monitored over 400 nest sites in Delaware and Ottawa Counties. Birds she works with include Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, House Wrens and Purple Martins. Paula writes a column for the OBS Journal, “Ask Madame Wingnut”.

Shelly Sutley

Jim Bancroft

Fawn Bowden

Bev Hovencamp

Mary Hollinger

Past Team Members

Christine Hawn, PhD

Christine is an ecologist and science communicator at UMD Baltimore County. Christine received her PhD in Zoology at North Carolina State University with a focus in conservation biology.