In 2011, Micah received his M.S. in Raptor Biology at Boise State University, studying the influence of land cover and topographic characteristics on cavity-nesting owl occupancy as well as the role that species interactions play in determining cavity-nesting owl distributions.
Micah continues to study raptors and other avian species throughout the US and internationally. Since graduating, he has studied habitat use of Crested Caracaras in Florida as well as how Black-backed Woodpeckers respond to fire management practices in the Sierra Nevada.
Micah’s travels have twice brought him to the southern city of Tarifa, Spain, to participate in counting one of the world’s great avian migrations across the Strait of Gibraltar. He has also traveled to Costa Rica, where he studied molt in Neotropical birds.
Currently, Micah is working towards his PhD at the University of British Columbia, where he studies the population dynamics of tropical birds in southeastern Peru.
Additional photos from fieldwork in Peru:
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Scholer, M.N., B. Martín, A. Onrubia, M. Ferrer, M.J. Bechard, G.S. Kaltenecker, and J.D. Carlisle. in press. Variable shifts in the autumn migration phenology of soaring birds in southern Spain. Ardea.
Scholer, M.N. 2015. Novel behavior in the parental care of a House Wren (Troglodytes aedon): post fledging use of an old nest during cold nights. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127: 545-547.
Scholer, M.N., M. Leu, and J.R. Belthoff. 2014. Factors associated with Flammulated Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl occupancy in southern Idaho. Journal of Raptor Research 48: 128-141.
Smith, J.A. and M.N. Scholer. 2013. Nest components of Crested Caracaras (Caracara cheriway) breeding in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 41: 42-48.
Scholer, M.N. and A. Onrubia. 2012. Depredación de Tarentola mauretanica por una mantodea en la Península Ibérica. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española 23: 24-25.