REBECCA A. HYLTON
ADDRESS Department of Zoology
EDUCATION Ph.D. Zoology, 2004-current
M.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department, August 2001 – August 2004
B.A. Biology, May 1997; Institutional and Departmental Honors
PERSONAL Birthdate: 12 February 1975
Project Manager for dissertation research examining effects
of pollution on high elevation songbirds in
Teaching Assistant for two Animal Diversity lab sections (Aug – Dec 2005).
Field Supervisor. Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area, MN. Responsible for all aspects of a radio telemetry research project on American Woodcock and supervising two technicians. Duties include target netting at night (75 nets), banding and affixing radio transmitters to woodcock, monitoring daily survival of 120 birds, tracking subset of birds for daily habitat use and movement information, collecting carcasses, weekly aerial surveys, driving ATVs and 4X4 vehicles, coordinating with WMA personnel and private landowners, demonstrating techniques to public, data management, producing maps using GIS, and report writing. Aug – Nov 2004. (Dr. David Andersen: 612-626-1222)
Biologist and Project Coordinator.
Primary Bander and Research Assistant. Head bander and crew leader of 10+ volunteers and interns at Kingston Wildlife Research Station. Extracted, processed, banded, and released birds after determining age, sex, wing length, fat classification, skull ossification, breeding condition, molt, and body weight. Compiled and analyzed seasonal data. Assisted Ph.D. candidate with experiments on fat deposition and lipid preference in wild-caught captive passerines using various diets. Duties included using Total Body Electroconductivity Device (TOBEC), deuterium injection, preparing synthetic diets, care and maintenance of captive birds. Aug – Nov 1999. (Dr. Barbara Wilson: 401-874-4557)
Research Assistant. Surveyed for federally
endangered Black-capped Vireo in
Point Reyes Bird Observatory,
Field Biologist. Nest searched for tidal marsh
Song Sparrows on
Banding Intern. Set up mist nets and conducted half-hour net checks 5 days a week following MAPS protocol at 4 locations. Extracted, processed, banded, color-banded, and released birds as described above. Trained volunteers and new interns in mist netting and bird banding techniques. Discussed and demonstrated banding procedures with visitors. Duties also included data entry using Foxpro, net repair, color-band resightings, area searches for wintering passerines, and shorebirds surveys. November 1998-February 1999. (Aaron Holmes: 415-868-0655)
Banding Volunteer, Orange Co., CA. Weekly volunteer at a MAPS banding station. Assisted mist netting, banding, processing, and recording data. May – July 1998.
Lab Curator, Chemistry Dept. Prepared labs for all chemistry courses each week. Ordered, maintained, and inventoried chemicals and equipment. Supervised six student assistants. Fall 1997. (Dr. Daniel Derringer: 540-362-6000)
Research Assistant, Biology Dept. Compared song properties between two populations of male Indigo Buntings for Senior Honors Thesis. Spectroanalyzed songs for frequency and temporal properties using Canary. Analyzed habitats in all breeding territories. May 1996-May 1997. $1000/month. (Dr. Renee D. Godard: 540-362-6000)
Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Dept. Helped instruct organic and biochemistry labs to high school women in Hollinscience Program. Summer 1994, 1996. $6/hr. (Dr. Sandra Boatman: 540-362-6000)
Lab Assistant. Biology Dept. Summer 1994. $6/hr. (Dr. Harriet Gray: 540-362-6000)
Marine Biomedical Institute,
Research Assistant. Investigated behavioral effects of crowding in captive-reared cuttlefish. Designed and implemented study to compare feeding, growth, movement, and cryptic coloration of individuals in various tank sizes. Summer 1995. $1000/month. (Dr. Jean Boal: 717-871-4773)
Hylton, R.A., P.C. Frederick, T. De
La Fuente, and M. G. Spalding. 2006.
Consequences of pre-fledgling health on the survival of juvenile Wood
Borkateria, R., P. C. Frederick, R. A. Hylton. A preliminary model of Wood
stork population dynamics in the southeastern
Hylton, R.A., and P. C. Frederick. Habitat use and movement patterns of juvenile Wood Storks in the
T. de la Fuente, Hylton, R.A., R.R. Borkateria, P.C. Frederick, and M.G. Spalding. Mercury
levels, hematology, and survival of nestling Everglades Wood Storks, Mycteria
Frederick, P.C., B. Hylton, J.A. Heath, and M.G. Spalding. 2004. A historical record of mercury contamination in southern Florida (USA) as inferred from avian feather tissue. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 23:1474-1478.
Frederick, P., B. Hylton, J. Heath, and M. Ruane. 2003. Accuracy and variation in estimates of large numbers of birds by individual observers using an aerial survey simulator. Journal of Field Ornithology 73:281-287.
Hylton, R. A. & Godard, R. 2001. Song properties of Indigo Buntings in open and forested habitats. Wilson Bulletin 113:243-245.
Boal, J.G., R.A. Hylton,
Frederick, P., B. Hylton, and M. Schickel. 2003. Survival and movements of Wood Storks nesting in the south Florida ecosystem and monitoring of wading bird nesting activity in WCAs 1,2, and 3 of the Everglades. Annual report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
B. and P. Frederick. 2003. Survival and movements of juvenile Wood
Storks from south
Hylton, R. and P. Frederick.
2003. Survival and movements of
juvenile Wood Storks.
Frederick, P., M. Schickel, J. Bartz, and B. Hylton. 2003. Regional nesting report: WCAs 2 and 3, and
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Frederick, P., J. Hilburn, B. Hylton, and
2002. Monitoring of wading bird
nesting activity in WCAs 1,2,and
3 of the
P., B. Hylton. Frederick,
P., J. Heath, B. Hylton, J.D. Semones, G. Babbitt,
and M. Spalding. 2002. Factors affecting breeding status of wading birds in the
Frederick, P., B. Hylton, and J. Heath. 2001.
Counting accuracy during aerial surveys.
P., B. Hylton, and G. Kuhr. 2001.
Regional nesting report: Water Conservation
Areas 2 and 3.
Frederick, P., J. Heath, B. Hylton, and M. Spalding. 2001.
Factors affecting breeding status of wading birds in the
Frederick, P., M. Ruane, and B. Hylton. 2000.
Regional nesting report: Water Conservation Areas 2 and 3.
Hylton, R.A. Movement patterns and
demographics of Everglades Wood Storks.
Hylton, R.A. Tracking Wood Storks across
R.A. and P. Frederick. Effects of
nestling health on postfledging survival of Wood Storks. 2006 North American Ornithological
R.A. and P. Frederick. Survival and
movement patterns of juvenile Wood Storks across the Southeastern U.S.A as
revealed by satellite telemetry.
2003 Waterbird Society Meeting,
R.A. and P. Frederick. Survival and dispersal of juvenile Wood Storks across
R.A., P. Frederick, and J. Heath. How closely
do we estimate numbers of birds? Controlled measurement of interobserver
error in counting birds. 2002 North American Ornithological Conference,
R.A., P. Frederick, and J. Heath. Accuracy and variation in estimating large numbers of birds during
aerial surveys. 2001 Waterbird Society Meeting,
Hylton, R.A., J.G. Boal, and
Assistantship for graduate study in the Department of Zoology,
tuition scholarship to
AWARDS $2000 Appalachian
Best Poster Presentation, Zoology and Botany Graduate
Alice Bull Biology Award,
Elected to Sigma Xi. 1996
Citation for Excellence in Philosophy,
REFERENCES Dr. Ted Simons (Graduate advisor)
Professor of Zoology and Forestry
Department of Zoology
Dr. Peter Frederick (Graduate advisor)
Associate Research Professor
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Dr. Renee Godard (Undergraduate advisor)
Department of Biology