First Year and Pre-Major Programs (FYPP)

Research and Exploration

Kristy Leissle

kristy leissle with pengins

An Antarctic 'Summer' on the Ice

Follow Dr. Kristy Leissle through blog updates as she discovers Antartica.

"After a 2011 visit sparked my interest in this remote part of the world, I started considering the ways that Antarctica has made major contributions, both historically and today, to processes of globalization. Much like my main geographical area of study, sub-Saharan Africa, Antarctica receives little recognition for these contributions, either in popular media or globalization scholarship. So, I decided to take a closer look at the continent myself."


All Things....Crows!

Welcome to our All things…crows page!

I did not have any knowledge  (and to be honest any appreciation) about crows and ravens before I moved to the USA (they do not occur in Peru, my native country). Due to my huge interest on birds & animal behavior, and the influence of one of my professors during graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle (Dr. John Marzluff)….I could not avoid getting interested in them.
Now? I am fascinated by all corvids and it is becoming a little bit of an obsession. I know John will be smiling with satisfaction if he reads this.

I work at UW-Bothell and, in case you don't know during the fall and winter, thousands and I really mean thousands of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) come to roost in the North Creek wetland in our campus.

I was asked by Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Achievement and FYPMP (First Year and Pre-Major Program) at UW-Bothell, to teach a class about crows. She is the main instigator of this class and I am so thankful for it, as I think I have never enjoyed teaching a class on campus as much as this.

My students and I are learning so much about crows and other corvids. Not only about their natural history, but also other aspects related to the interactions between them and humans. This has become a fantastic journey that I am sharing with 48 undergrads at UW-Bothell this Winter of 2014.

Thus, we all want to share with others what we are learning in this class. Follow us as we share our adventures learning all about crows!

 Ursula Valdez, PhD