Margret Hatch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology
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Dawson Building, 211
Penn State Scranton
Dawson Building, Room 211
120 Ridge View Drive
Dunmore, PA 18512
    Discipline Focus: Research in Ornithology, Migratory Ecology, Ecoimmunology, Life Histories, Parental Care
    Speakers' Bureau Topics:  Ornithology in general; migratory songbirds; parental behavior in birds. Habitat quality and utilization by migratory songbirds; age-related changes in reproduction and parental behavior; variation in disease-fighting ability related to intrinsic (e.g. age, gender, condition) and extrinsic (e.g. temperature, habitat) factors in common migratory songbirds.
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    Research Interests


    Variation is the foundation of natural selection. I study individual variation and life-history trade-offs in songbirds. 


    • Ornithology
    • Migratory Ecology 
    • Eco immunology of migratory songbirds
    • Life Histories
    • Parental Care


    • Individual variation in immune function
    • Comparisons between species in immune function
    • Migratory trade-offs 

    Smith, R. J., & Hatch, M. I. (2020). Stopover ecology of fall migrating landbirds at an inland stopover site in northeastern Pennsylvania dominated by nonnative vegetation. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 132 (2), 398-409.

    Smith, R. J., Hatch, M. I., & Carey, M. (2020). Arrival timing and the influence of weather experienced during the nonbreeding and breeding periods on correlates of reproductive success in female Field Sparrows (Spizella pusilla) breeding in northeastern Pennsylvania, US. International Journal of Biometeorology, 64(8), 1285-1293.

    Smith, R. J., & Hatch, M. I. (2017). Loss of viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) is associated with changes in species composition and mass gain by spring migrants using early successional habitat. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 129(2), 247-258.

    Course Schedule
    Biol 161 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    Biol 163 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    Biol 220W – Biology: Populations and Communities
    Biol 429 – Animal Behavior