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Cornell University, 2014 – present
Ph.D in Animal Behavior, in progress

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006-2010
B.S. in Biology, with honors, minors in Chemistry and Creative Writing
The School for Field Studies Australia, 2009
Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies, semester abroad

Bergen, E.L., J.T. Rowell, F. Gould, M.R. Servedio. 2012. Stochasticity in sexual selection enables divergence: implications for moth pheromone evolution. Evolutionary Biology 39:271-281.


Bergen, E.L. Getting off the ground: establishing a study of interactive signaling in satin bowerbirds. Oral presentation. Eastern Bird Banding Association Meeting. Ithaca, N.Y., 25 March 2017.

Bergen, E.L., S.A. Schroer, J.L. Dowling, A.R. Rice. Predictors of attack in an aggressive vocal display by satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus). Poster presentation. North American Ornithological Conference 2016. Washington, D.C., 18 August 2016.

Bergen, E.L., S.A. Schroer, J.L. Dowling, A.R. Rice. Predictors of attack in a structured aggressive vocal display. Poster presentation. 16th congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. The University of Exeter, 1 August 2016.

Bergen, E.L. Interactive courtship when female preferences vary. Poster presentation. 52nd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society. University of Alaska at Anchorage, 13 June 2015.

Bergen, E.L. Stochastity enables success of rare moth pheromone blends. Oral presentation. John K. Koeppe Undergraduate Research Symposium. University of North Carolina, 12 November 2010.

2016 Athena Fund of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
2016 Cornell Neurobiology and Behavior Animal Behavior Research Grant
2016 Cornell Sigma Xi Award
2015 Athena Fund of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
2015 Cornell Neurobiology and Behavior Animal Behavior Research Grant
2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2014 Cornell Presidential Life Sciences Fellowship
2010 REU supplement to NSF grant DEB 0919018 PI: Maria Servedio
2008 UNC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2007 APPLES Service-Learning/NC Botanical Garden DeBerry Horticulture Internship


Florida State University
Research Technician September-December 2013
Mentor: Dr. Brian D. Inouye and Dr. Nora Underwood
Project: Pilot study of associational effects on herbivory of cruciferous crops (Brassica oleracea)

Florida State University, remote site, Panama
Volunteer Field Assistant February-June 2013
Mentor: Dr. Emily H. DuVal
Project: Behavioral ecology, sexual selection, and population genetics of lance-tailed manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata)

University of Louisiana, remote site, Costa Rica
Volunteer Field Assistant September-October 2012
Mentor: Landon R. Jones
Project: Seed dispersal potential of toucans (Pteroglossus torquatus and Ramphastos sulfuratus) in fragmented habitat

Princeton University, remote sites, midwestern USA
Field Assistant June-July 2011
Mentor: Dr. Caroline E. Farrior
Project: Tree resource allocation and forest demography across a rainfall gradient

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Honors Thesis September 2009-December 2010
Mentor: Dr. Maria R. Servedio
Project: Population genetic model of stochasticity and sexual signaling with applications to moth pheromone divergence

Duke University
Field Assistant May-August 2009 and July-August 2010
Mentor: Dr. James S. Clark
Project: Forest demography and gap disturbance effects, warming chamber and herbivore exclusion experiments

The School for Field Studies in Australia
Independent Research April-May 2009
Mentor: Dr. Sigrid R. Heise-Pavlov
Project: Territorial distribution of Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Independent Research May-November 2008
Mentor: Dr. Keith W. Sockman
Project: Relative temperature-dependence of arthropod distributions across vertical habitat strata

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, remote site, Colorado
Field Assistant May-July 2008
Mentor: Dr. Keith W. Sockman
Project: Reproductive ecology and behavioral flexibility of Lincoln’s sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laboratory Assistant September 2007-January 2008
Mentor: Dr. R. Haven Wiley
Project: Simulations of population divergence with computer program Speciation Revealed! by Dr. Wiley

Duke University and Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica
Independent Research July 2005
Mentor: Dr. Humberto Lezama
Project: Foraging behavior of leaf-cutter ants (Atta spp.) and seasonal time budget of northern jacana (Jacana spinosa)


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Mathematical Biology REU Summer 2014
Teaching Assistant
Professors: Dr. Jonathan T. Rowell and Dr. Jan Rychtar

Bergen, E.L. 2010. Simulating moth pheromone systems: stochasticity enables divergence of a species recognition trait. Honors Thesis. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 40 pages.
Bergen, E.L. 2010. Vanishing with the trees: Australia’s tree kangaroos. Carolina Scientific 2(2):18-19.
Bergen, E.L. 2009. Genetic divergence and reinforcement of species differences. Carolina Scientific 2(1):34-35.
Bergen, E.L. 2009. Learning to fly: digital evolution. Carolina Scientific 1(2):6-7.
Bergen, E.L. 2008. Reproductive biology & behavioral neuroecology: the Sockman lab. Carolina Scientific 1(1):18-19.