Bryan Sigel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Bryan SigelPh.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
B.S. Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, University of California, Los Angeles

: LAS Building, Office 265
: (702) 992-2617

Bryan J. Sigel is a conservation ecologist interested in how human activities affect biodiversity at multiple spatial scales. He is a California native and received his B.S. from UCLA. He completed his doctorate in 2007 at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he studied the effects of forest fragmentation on lowland tropical bird communities in Central America under the direction of Dr. Thomas W. Sherry.

Dr. Sigel joined the faculty at Tulane University in 2007 as a Visiting Assistant Professor where he taught courses in Introductory Biology and Vertebrate Biology. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Sigel worked with the Biodiversity Research Institute to assess the impact of the spill on colonial waterbirds. He also pursued research as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Caz Taylor at Tulane University, investigating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on shorebird and intertidal invertebrate communities. Dr. Sigel joined the faculty of Nevada State College in 2012.

  • BIOL 197 Principles of Modern Biology II
  • BIOL 220 Introduction to Ecological Principles
  • BIOL 305 Introduction to Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 415 Evolution
  • BIOL 433 Ornithology
  • BIOL 441 Field Ecology
  • STAT 391 Applied Statistics for Biological Science
selected publications
  • Boyle, W. A., and B. J. Sigel. 2015. Ongoing changes in the avifauna of La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: twenty-three years of Christmas Bird Counts. Biological Conservation 188:11-21.
  • Henkel, J. R., B. J. Sigel, and C. M. Taylor. 2012. Large-scale impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Can local disturbance affect distant ecosystems through migratory shorebirds? BioScience 62(7): 676-685.
  • Sigel, B. J., W. D. Robinson, and T. W. Sherry. 2010. Comparing bird community responses to forest fragmentation in two lowland Central American reserves. Biological Conservation 143(2): 340-350.
  • Sigel, B. J., T. W. Sherry, and B. E. Young. 2006. Avian community response to lowland tropical rainforest isolation: 40 years of change at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Conservation Biology 20(1): 111-121.