Currently, I’m a research associate looking at Climatic and Anthropogenic Forcing of Wetland Landscape Connectivity in the Great Plains. I’m brand new to this project, so exactly what I’ll be doing is something I’m still learning, but I will be working with wetland models to determine how climate change and land use/land cover influence hydrology and habitat dynamics with respect to waterbirds.

Here’s my dissertation:

Gorzo, Jessica Marie, dissertant. Avian Response to Weather in the Central U.S. Grasslands. [Madison, Wis.] :[University of Wisconsin–Madison], 2016. Print.

Of that dissertation, my 1st chapter is published:

Jessica M. Gorzo, Anna M. Pidgeon, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Andrew J. Allstadt, Volker C. Radeloff, Patricia J. Heglund, and Stephen J. Vavrus (2016) Using the North American Breeding Bird Survey to assess broad-scale response of the continent’s most imperiled avian community, grassland birds, to weather variability. The Condor: August 2016, Vol. 118, No. 3, pp. 502-512. (Open Access)

  • Editor’s Pick (Summer 2016)
  • Press Release: “Changing weather patterns threaten grassland sparrows”
    • Science Daily
  • Articles
    • Birding Wire
    • ABA


…and the rest is to come!

My MS work at Clemson is available online:

Gorzo, Jessica, “Avian Communities and Landscape Characteristics of Golf Courses Within the Beaufort County Sea Island Complex” (2012). All Theses.Paper 1314.