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Kristen Covino - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kristen Covino Kristen Covino

Assistant Professor of Biology | Loyola Marymount University


Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering


Kristen Covino earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and her M.S. in Biology/Zoology from the University of Maine, Orono. Professor Covino received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi where she investigated physiological breeding development in migrating songbirds. Her research encompasses many scales of inquiry, ranging from avian physiology to continental-scale migratory movements, and seeks to understand the movement biology and whole life-cycle biology of migratory birds. Professor Covino’s pedagogical interests include integrating active and team-learning activities into traditional lectures, incorporating science communication into her courses, and mentoring undergraduate researchers. Professor Covino teaches a summer Field Ornithology course at the Shoals Marine Laboratory (Cornell University) on Appledore Island, Maine, where she also co-manages the Appledore Island Bird Banding Station. She recently received the Early Professional Award from the American Ornithological Society, for which she serves as an Elective Member on their Early Professional Committee. Professor Covino’s research has been published in numerous journals including Hormones and Behavior, General and Comparative Endocrinology, AUK: Ornithological Advances, and The Journal of Ornithology.

Education (3)

University of Maine: M.S., Biology/Zoology 2008

Canisius College: B.S., Biology 2004

University of Southern Mississipi: Ph.D., Biology 2016

Industry Expertise (2)



Affiliations (5)

  • American Ornithological Society
  • Association of Field Ornithologists
  • North American Banding Council
  • Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology
  • Wilson Ornithological Society