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  • James KellamDr. James Kellam

    Associate Professor of Biology  

    N108, Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion
    724-805-2171
    James.kellam@stvincent.edu  

    Research Interests

    Ornithology
    Behavioral Ecology
    Wildlife Biology 

    Education

    B.A. Human Ecology. 1996. College of the Atlantic. Bar Harbor, Maine.
    Ph.D. Biological Sciences. 2003. Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana.

    Courses Taught

    NSCI 220 Endangered Species Conservation
    NSCI 235 Human Biology and Laboratory
    BL 150 General Biology I
    BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory
    BL 228 Wildlife Biology
    BL 229 Wildlife Biology Laboratory
    BL 230 Ornithology
    BL 240 Conservation Biology
    BL 241 Conservation Biology Laboratory
    BL 301 Junior Research Seminar
    BL 302 Research Project
    BL 303 Research Thesis

    Peer-Reviewed Publications

    Kellam J.S. 2003. Pair bond maintenance in pileated woodpeckers at roost sites during autumn. Wilson Bulletin 115: 186-192.

    Kellam J.S., Wingfield J.C., and Lucas J.R. 2004. Nonbreeding season pairing behavior and the annual cycle of testosterone in male and female downy woodpeckers, Picoides pubescens. Hormones and Behavior 46: 703-714.

    Koenig W.D., Walters E.L., Walters J.R., Kellam J.S., Michalek K.G., and Schrader M.S. 2005. Seasonal body weight variation in five species of woodpeckers. The Condor 107: 810-822.

    Kellam J.S., Lucas J.R., and Wingfield J.C. 2006. The role of testosterone in male downy woodpeckers in winter home range use, mate interactions and female foraging behaviour. Animal Behaviour 71: 695-707.

    Kellam, J.S. 2014. Rare extra-pair copulation in Downy Woodpeckers. Northeastern Naturalist 21: N8-N12.

    Kellam, J.S. and J.R. Lucas. 2014. Exogenous testosterone in male Downy Woodpeckers leads to reduced calling behavior of both males and their female partners during the nonbreeding period. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126: 249-260.

    Hutchinson, D.K. and J. S. Kellam. 2015. A test of the self-medication hypothesis for anting behavior in Blue Jays. BIOS 86: 144-151.

    Recent Presentations

    Kellam, J.S. Exogenous testosterone has a negative effect on calling behavior of male and female Downy Woodpeckers in the non-breeding period. Joint Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, Aug 2013. Chicago, IL.

    Kaser, D.A., J.S. Kellam, and M.G. Rivardo. Color discrimination in White-necked Ravens (Corvus albicollis). Animal Behavior Management Alliance Annual Meeting, Apr 2013. Toronto, ON, Canada.

    Barnett, J., D.A. Bell, B. Bethke, J. Kellam, J. Koehl, M. Rhodes, and C. Walter. Putting student research into context: Lessons from over 25 years of integrating student initiated research with interdisciplinary writing and departmental assessment. National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference, Apr 2009. LaCrosse, WI.

    Kellam, J.S. and M.C. Brittingham. Diurnal distribution and flock sizes of communally roosting American crows (poster). Joint Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Aug 2008. Portland, OR.

    Kellam, J.S. Purpose, execution, and effects of lethal and non-lethal management techniques at a communal roost of American crows (Corvus brachyrhyncos). XIV International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, Oct 2006. Bar Harbor, ME.

    Current and Recent Projects

    2006 Convener of a scientific panel: “Crows in Lancaster: A Community Forum on Minimizing Human-Crow Conflict,” co-sponsored by Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Liberal Arts and Society and the Lancaster Bird Club. Franklin & Marshall College, Oct 2006. Lancaster, PA.

    2006-2007 Collaboration with Dr. Margaret Brittingham (Pennsylvania State University) on American Crow research. Subcontract work funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Franklin & Marshall College Faculty Research Fund.

    2013-2018 Co-Principle Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation S-STEM Program to Saint Vincent College: “Biology Scholars: Literature, Laboratory, and Leadership Program.” Principle Investigator: J. Koehl and Co-PIs A. Gahr, S. Jodis.

    2015 Sabbatical research on woodpecker nesting behavior and spatial relationships at Powdermill Nature Reserve.