Photo: Bryan Stokes

SSRI Project Alumni

The Saltmarsh Sparrow Research Initiative has had the extreme good fortune to attract extraordinarily talented volunteers and collaborators over our five years. Here are some of the key people who have played important roles in the success of our research!

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Evan Lipton

Sparked by backyard birds and photography in 2011, Evan has been birding nonstop ever since. He was first introduced to bird banding at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge; and was extremely lucky, after a move to Rhode Island, to team up with Deirdre and Steve for Rhode Island Audubon banding demonstrations and the SALSri project. 


Graphic and web design are among his passions in addition to bird illustration and photography. He held a banding internship at Manomet Bird Observatory during spring and fall 2019. He did field work in 2020 at the Farallon Islands NWR in CA.


Find him on his website:

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Katie Christ

Katie Christ’s interest in birds began at a young age, as her parents are avid birders and gardeners. Growing up sailing and fishing on Narragansett Bay instilled a particular love for this area with all its unique flora and fauna. Katie graduated from University of Rhode Island with a degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology. She volunteered with the SALS project for several years and is excited to see how it continues to grow.


Aidan Furze

Aidan is a 20-year-old Biology graduate of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Aidan's thesis project assessed the potential use of Magnetoreception in the foraging patterns of woodpeckers and other wild birds through feeder experiments. Originally interested in Neuroscience, Aidan's ambitions changed in the spring of 2018 when they developed a love for birds and field ecology. As a native of Rhode Island, Aidan was pleased to have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the salt marsh ecosystem and its critical importance to the Saltmarsh Sparrows. Aidan hopes to continue to take part in bird monitoring projects with shorebirds and raptors. Aidan is currently a Research Assistant at Brown University.