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Eli S. Bridge

Post-doctoral Researcher

(405) 240 2149



<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->B.A., Biology and English, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 1997

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Ph. D., Zoology, University of Minnesota, 2004

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Post-doc University of Memphis 2004-2007

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Post-doc University of Oklahoma 2007-present


Research Interests:

  • Documenting and understanding migration behavior in birds using new tracking technologies, remote sensing, and stable isotope analyses
  • The role of avian migration in outbreaks of the H5N1 bird flu virus
  • Life-history trade-offs—how do animals balance the demands of their varied life histories given constraints related to energy intake and time.


Selected Publications:

  • Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., S. Álvarez-Borrego, S. Arriaga-Ramírez, M. Renner, E. S. Bridge 2009. Takeoff flight performance and plumage wettability in cassin’s auklet ptychoramphus aleuticus, xantus’s murrelet synthliboramphus hypoleucus and leach’s storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa. Journal of Ornithology. Online: DOI: 10.1007/s10336-009-0441-z
  • Kelly, J. F., Bridge, E. S., Fudickar, A. L. I. Wassenaar. 2009. A Test of Comparative Equilibration for Determining Non-Exchangeable Stable Hydrogen Isotope Values in Complex Organic Materials. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 23: 2316-2320.
  • Bridge, E. S. 2009. How Does Imping Affect Wing Performance? Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation 29: 4-9.
  • Kelly, Jeffrey F., Eli S. Bridge and Michael J. Hamas. 2009. Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon). The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; The Birds of North America Online: doi:10.2173/bna.84
  • Schoech, S. J.,  M. A. Rensel, E. S. Bridge, R. K. Boughton, and T. E. Wilcoxen. 2009. Environment, Glucocorticoids, and the Timing of Reproduction. General and Comparative Endocrinology 163:201-207 doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2008.09.009   
  • Bridge, E. S., S. J. Schoech, R. Bowman, and J. C. Wingfield. 2009. Temporal Predictability in Food Availability: Effects upon the Reproductive Axis in Scrub-Jays. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A-Ecological Genetics and Physiology 311A:35-44.
  • Bridge, E. S., J. L. Hylton, M. D. Eaton, L. G. Gamble, C. Jones, and S. J. Schoech. 2008. Cryptic plumage signaling in Aphelocoma scrub-jays. Journal of Ornithology 149: 123-130.
  • Schoech, S. J., E. S. Bridge, R. K. Boughton, S. J. Reynolds, J. W. Atwell, and R. Bowman. 2008. Food Supplementation: a Tool to Increase Reproductive Output? A Case Study in the Threatened Florida Scrub-Jay. Biological Conservation 141: 162-173.
  • Boughton, R. K., E. S. Bridge, and S. J. Schoech. 2007. Reproductive state, immune function, and energetics in male Japanese Quail (Coturnix, coturnix). Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A-Ecological Genetics And Physiology 307A: 479-487.
  • Schoech, S. J., R. Bowman, E. S. Bridge, R. K. Boughton. 2007. Baseline and acute levels of corticosterone in Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens): effects of food supplementation, suburban habitat, and year. General and Comparative Endocrinology 154: 150-16.
  • Bridge, E. S., G. Voelker, C. W. Thompson, A. W. Jones, and A. J. Baker. 2007. Effects of size and migratory behavior on the evolution of wing molt in terns (Sterninae): a phylogenetic-comparative study. Auk 124: 841-856.
  • Schoech, S. J., R. Bowman, E. S. Bridge, G. M. Morgan, M. A. Rensel, T. E. Wilcoxen, and R. K. Boughton. 2007. Corticosterone administration does not affect timing of breeding in Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Hormones and Behavior 52: 191-196.
  • Bridge, E. S. 2006. The influences of morphology and behavior on wing-molt strategies in seabirds. Marine Ornithology 34: 7-19.
  • Bridge, E. S. and M. D. Eaton. 2005. Does ultraviolet reflectance accentuate a sexually selected signal in terns? Journal of Avian Biology 36:18-21.
  • Bridge, E. S., A. W. Jones, and A. J. Baker. 2005. A phylogenetic framework for the terns (Sternini) inferred from MtDNA sequences: implications for taxonomy and plumage evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution: 35: 459-469.
  • Bridge, E. S. and I. C. T. Nisbet. 2004. Wing molt and assortative mating in Common Terns: a test of the molt-signaling hypothesis. Condor 106: 336-343.
  • Bridge, E. S. 2004. The effects of intense wing molt on diving in alcids and potential influences on the evolution of molt patterns. Journal of Experimental Biology 207: 3003-3014.
  • Bridge, E. S. 2003. Effects of simulated primary molt on pigeon flight. Ornis Fennica 80: 121-129.
  • Bridge, E. S. 2002. Host specificity and colonization in Zachvatkinia caspica, an Analgoid feather mite. Canadian Journal of Zoology: 80: 2200-2206.


Professional Activivities:

  • Organizing member of the MIGRATE research network.
  • Review editor for The Condor

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