Faculty Research Assistant


M.S. Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, 2023

B.S. Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, 2015

Research Interests:  Seabird diet, foraging ecology, movement ecology, seabird-fisheries interactions

Will first joined the Seabird Oceanography as a Master’s student researching the impacts of marine heatwaves on the foraging ecology of Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) in the Gulf of Maine.  After completing his MS degree in May 2023, Will began work as a Faculty Research Assistant in the lab and now works on various projects researching and conserving Oregon seabirds.  During the summers, Will leads the long-term monitoring efforts at Yaquina Head, home to one of the largest and most accessible seabird colonies in Oregon.  He also works on projects deploying biologging devices on breeding seabirds, surveying coastal waters for marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), conducting at sea surveys for pelagic seabirds, and more.


Kennerley, W. L., Ballance, L. T., Orben, R.A., Torres, L. G. & Solick, D. I. (2024) First Record of a Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus) Seen Over the Open Ocean. Journal of North American Bat Research.