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Silas Fischer


BS Ball State University, 2016

BFA Printmaking Ball State University, 2016

I graduated in December 2016 with Honors and degrees in Biology and Printmaking from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana). During my time at Ball State, I combined my interests in art and science to conduct a two-year independent study on bird-window collisions (advised by Dr. Kamal Islam) and to create a body of glass intaglio prints (advised by Sarojini Johnson) that responded to my research. Beyond my research on window collisions, I also participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program to study breeding biology of Gray Vireos on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico (advisor: Kathy Granillo). My other experience includes serving as a technician to help with research on Cerulean Warbler post-fledging ecology and microhabitat preferences in southern Indiana, and independently investigating sustainable arts across Iceland. I was also fortunate enough to study fine arts in Nottingham, England as a US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Scholar.
My interests broadly include studying songbird evolutionary ecology and management and how research-based art can engage the public in wildlife conservation. I am particularly interested in investigating migration and the full annual cycle of little-studied species, such as the Gray Vireo. In 2017, I joined Dr. Streby’s lab as a graduate student to explore post-fledging ecology, migration, and habitat use of Gray Vireos as a continuation and expansion of my previous work as an REU. We have since advanced the goals of this project to explore aspects of parental investment theory. I am also producing a series of artwork in conjunction with this research because I believe that art can be an effective vessel for making scientific research accessible to the public.


Stevens, H.C. and S.E. Fischer. Novel nest construction behavior in Gray Vireos (Vireo vicinior) The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. In press.

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