PhD, Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2014 BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2005
Population ecology, ornithology, quantitative ecology, conservation biology
Dr. Rushing is a population ecologist with an emphasis on quantifying demographic processes and their influences on individuals, populations, and species. His research focuses primarily on the ecology and conservation of migratory birds, with projects falling within three major themes: 1) Development of full-annual-cycle models to quantify seasonal vital rates and their influence on population dynamics; 2) Demographic consequences of climate change and incorporating climate change into on conservation planning for migratory birds; and 3) Quantifying the influence of long-distance dispersal on individuals and populations. To address these issues, his research combines observational and experimental fieldwork with quantitative modeling and stable isotope analysis.