CCFC hosts researchers doing a very wide range of scientific investigation. CCFC not only hosts these researchers but also facilitates their work. Researchers hosted by CCFC include international, national and local, undergraduate students, graduate students from masters, doctorate, and post doctorate. CCFC directors Tara and Rob Cahill assist visiting researchers by helping hone research questions, bibliographic resources, translate and advice in dealing with local languages and cultures.

Some of CCFC’s past researchers have contributed significantly to our understanding of conservation and the dynamics around CCFC’s work.

Gemara Gifford Cornell University Masters Thesis / Agro-ecology
Enno Sonntag University of Copenhagen Masters Thesis / Agro-ecology & Bioacoustics
Lilly Briggs Cornell University Doctorate / Environmental Education
Ian Pope Purdue University Masters / Geography
Amy Leap Miller School for International Training Research for Publication
Sidney Madsen Cornell University / Fulbright Agro-ecology / Food security
Peter Cahill Calvin College Senior Thesis / Ceramics & Geography
Savannah Aldrich University of Mary Washington Undergrad / Bird Illustration
Leah Smith University of Mary Washington Undergrad Thesis / Wildlife Biology
Amber Huffman University of Mary Washington Undergrad / Women
Adam Hager University of Mary Washington Undergrad / Geography
Carl Larsen University of Mary Washington Undergrad / Geography
David Chambers University of Mary Washington Undergrad / Geography
Jack Humiston University of Mary Washington Undergrad / Geography
Isaac Nelson Emerson University Undergrad / Videography
Riley Swartzendruber Eastern Mennonite University Senior Exhibition / Photojournalism
Jack Austin UC Berkeley Undergrad / Journalism
Rowland Griffin Indigo Expeditions Herpetology & Conservation
Alejandra Zamorra University of Manchester Masters / Herpetology
Christopher Clark Yale University Post-Doctorate / Bio-acoustics
Anand Varma National Geographic Videography
Don Kroodsma University of Massachusetts Research / Bio-acoustics
Jacob Schiere AQN Consult Environmental Architecture & First Nations

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Rowland Griffin, co-founder of Indigo Expeditions conducts research on amphibians and reptiles of the cloud forest at CCFC agroecology center.


Research guides CCFC’s work. Take for example the research of one of our first researchers, Ian Pope. Ian was an undergrad student when he first visited CCFC’s campus and returned to do his Masters thesis research here with CCFC. Ian mapped cloud forest loss and we still use his maps today. Gem Gifford’s research in agroecology guides our work too. Gem investigated agroecology and bird conservation. And so on. Each researcher has helped CCFC and CCFC has helped each researcher. Today CCFC’s work is better focused and more informed than it would have been without this important research. The time it takes to help researchers is well invested.

Research also translates into environmental education as CCFC’s researchers often reach out to CCFC students with teaching and insights into their research.

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Rowland Griffin researcher with Indigo Expeditions demonstrates the beauty and docility of the Coffee Snake to CCFC Kids & Birds students.