Currently, I'm a PhD student in Dr. Tom Gehring's 'Wildlife Lab.' My dissertation research focuses on marsh bird conservation, with an emphasis on rails. 


I'm focusing on conducting field-focused research that helps to conserve biodiversity. Specifically, my scientific goals are to 1.) identify habitat requirments of at-risk wildlife species, 2.) evaluate established and emerging wildlife monitoring methods, and 3.) determine the effectiveness of management actions meant to benefit ecosystem health. I've recently focused on birds in urban and wetland ecosystems, though look forward to broadening my experience. 


A secondary interest of mine is to analyze functions and characteristics of vocalizations of wildlife, especially when doing so can improve monitoring efforts and/or create a more harmonious human-wildlife interface.


Below are a list of my published, peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as some articles that are in the works.



  • Brewer, D.E. and R. Risch. In Press. Viability of a Florida Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) population in north-central Florida. Florida Field Naturalist. 
  • Brewer, D.E. and A.M. Fudickar. 2020. Perceived wintering latitude determines timing of song output in a migratory bird. Ecology and Evolution.
  • Brewer, D.E. and A.M. Fudickar. 2019. American Robin (Turdus migratorius) feeds a nestling carcass to nestlings in an urban environment. Urban Naturalist.

In Review

  •  Brewer, D.E. The vocal repertoire of Blue Jays: a spectrographic snapshot and suggested nomenclature. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
  • Fudickar, A.M., D.E. Brewer. Within population variation in winter photoperiod contributes to differences in spring reproductive physiology in a migratory bird. Conservation Physiology.