Claire Teitelbaum

Ph.D. Ecology Student
Major Advisors: Sonia Altizer and Richard Hall

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B.A. in Biology, Pomona College, 2014

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I am a PhD student in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, advised by Drs. Richard Hall and Sonia Altizer. I am broadly interested in wildlife and animal ecology, particularly in the effects of landscape changes on animal behavior. I enjoy working with models and large (spatial) datasets.

Before coming to UGA in the fall of 2016, I was a research student at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where I worked with Dr. Thomas Mueller, studying the social and physical drivers of long-distance animal movements. For more details on this research, please see the Research page!

Research Interests
  • Effects of landscape change on animal behavior,
  • Animal Movement/Migration and Infectious Disease
  • Urban wildlife
  • Social behavior
  • Statistical and Mathematical modeling
Selected Publications

Teitelbaum, C.S., Huang, S., Hall, R.J., and Altizer S.  (2018). Migratory behaviour predicts greater parasite diversity in ungulates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285:1-8. [link]

Teitelbaum, C.S., Converse, S.J., and Mueller, T.   (2017). Birds choose long-term partners years before breeding. Animal Behaviour, 134:147–154. [link]

Selva, N., Teitelbaum, C.S., Sergiela, A., Zwijacz-Kozicaa, T., Ziębac, F., Bojarskaa, K., and Mueller, T.   (2017). Supplementary ungulate feeding affects movement behavior of brown bears. Basic and Applied Ecology, 24:68-76 [link]

Teitelbaum, C.S., Converse, C.J., Fagan, W.F., Böhning-Gaese, K., O’Hara, R.B., Lacy, A.E., and Mueller, T.  (2016). Experience drives innovation of new migration patterns of whooping cranes in response to global change. Nature Communications, 7:12793 ​. [link] [pdf]

Teitelbaum, C.S., Fagan, W.F., Fleming, C.H., Dressler, G., Calabrese, J.M., Leimgruber, P., and Mueller, T.  (2015). How far to go? Determinants of migration distance in land mammals. Ecology Letters, ​18:545–552. [link] [cover]