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The AFO's Council consist of both amateur and professional ornithologists, in recognition of the contributions that both make to ornithology. If you are interested in assisting with the governance of AFO, or if you would like to nominate a candidate for the AFO council, email the nominations committee.
W. Gregory Shriver
L. Scott Johnson
|Councilors: Class of 2013
Daniel R. Ardia
J. Dylan Maddox
John P. McCarty
Andrea K. Townsend
|Councilors: Class of 2014|
|Councilors: Class of 2015|
Mary Victoria McDonald
Dan Ardia, Juan Ignacia (Nacho) Areta, David Brown, Chris Hill, Jeffery Hoover, Miguel Ângelo Marini, Abby Powell, Tex Sordahl
Recent Past Presidents
David N. Bonter (2009-2010), Cecilia Riley (2007-2008), Eugene Morton (2004-2006), Scott Sutcliffe (2003-2004), Jerry Jackson (2000-2002), Charles Duncan 1997-1999), Elissa Landre (1995-1997), Gregory S. Butcher (1993-1995), Edward H. Burtt Jr. (1991-1993)
Kathryn Purcell (President)
Research Wildlife Biologist
US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Sierra Nevada Research Center
2081 E. Sierra Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
Kathryn Purcell is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the Sierra Nevada Research Center, USFS, Pacific Southwest Research Station. She has studied birds primarily in California, from low-elevation oak woodlands to high elevation conifer forests. Her research interests include life histories of open- and cavity-nesting birds, habitat and nest-site selection, source-sink dynamics, responses of birds to habitat alteration, and invasive species. She also has an interest in the design of monitoring programs for detecting population trends and response to habitat change. In addition, she heads up research on fishers in the Kings River Project in the southern Sierra Nevada.
Scott is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University, where he specializes in Animal Behavior, Ornithology, and Behavioral Ecology. Over the past 20+ years, he has studied a wide variety of topics including: function of song, nestling growth and development, role of calcium availability in limiting reproductive output, extra-pair mating, and effects of ectoparasites on nestlings/parents. Scott conducts field work during the summer on a site in northern Wyoming along the east slopes of the Bighorn Mountains near the town of Sheridan, focused primarily on secondary cavity-nesters.
Reed Bowman is the Research Program Director for Avian Ecology at Archbold Biological Station. Over the last 25 years he has studied the behavioral ecology, population biology, and conservation of several threatened and endangered birds, including the White-crowned Pigeon, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and the Florida Scrub-Jay. One of his primary interests is the many affects, both locally and worldwide, of increasing urbanization on birds, focusing on understanding many of these anthropogenic ecological changes and their impact on birds at a variety of scales, from physiological and behavioral responses to population and community responses. His lab uses a combination of longitudinal, observational studies and controlled experiments to identify ecological patterns and then to test the effects of specific variables. He is the author of more than 70 scientific papers and book chapters and co-editor of two books, including the recently published "Avian Ecology and Conservation in an Urbanizing World".
Michael is a Professor of Biology at Grand Valley State University. For most of his career his ornithological research has focused on the ecology and evolution of social behavior and reproductive biology, including copulation behavior, extra-pair mating behavior, intraspecific brood parasitism, nest building, parental effort, and sperm competition. He has primarily published papers about the biology of Tree Swallows, but also about Eastern and Mountain bluebirds, European Starlings, and House Sparrows. Theoretical papers include those about the evolution of cooperation, the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of sexually transmitted diseases in birds, and the role of microbes in the evolution of social behavior. He regularly involves undergraduate students in his research.
W. Gregory Shriver (Treasurer)
Assistant Professor Wildlife Ecology
257 Townsend Hall
Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19717-2160
Greg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he teaches ornithology and conservation biology. Greg’s research interests include; 1) the effects of different marsh management on breeding birds in mid-Atlantic salt marshes, 2) the interactions among soil chemistry, prey availability, invasive plants, and breeding bird demography in forest fragment, 3) the prevalence of Campylobacter in wild birds of the Mid-Atlantic, and 4) designing and implementing long-term avian monitoring programs. Greg is a collaborator in the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program and has an affinity for sparrows and rails.
Jeff is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware. He holds graduate degrees in wildlife and biology from Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. His research over the last 16 years has focused on the movement, behavior, and ecology of birds during migratory stopover, the application of radar technology for understanding bird ecology, and modeling species distributions and bird-habitat relationships at a variety of scales. Jeff is one of a handful of biologists in the United States actively using the national network of weather surveillance radars to study the distribution, movement, and habitat use patterns of migratory birds.
Bio coming soon...
Gary Ritchison is Professor of Biological Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University. Gary's research interests include avian mating strategies, specifically examining factors that influence mate choice (and choice of extra-pair partners) by female songbirds, avian vocal behavior, the ecology and behavior of grassland birds (including Henslow's and Grasshopper sparrows as well as Northern Harriers), raptor behavior and ecology, and, recently, the possible impacts of West Nile virus on Eastern Bluebirds.
Daniel R. Ardia
Franklin and Marshall College
Biological Foundations of Behavior Program
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
Dan is an Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College. His research is focused on evolution of life histories in birds, particularly at the interface of physiology and behavior. He is especially interested in how environmental conditions drive life history tradeoffs. He is currently involved in studies of the evolution of clutch size in Tachycineta swallows as well as the causes and consequences of variation in egg temperature and incubation behavior in such swallows. Dan also does substantial work in the area of ecoimmunology, ie., studying immune activity within the framework of how organisms interact with their environment and how immune activity tradeoffs with other life history traits.
J. Dylan Maddox
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
El Centro de Investigaciones de Recursos Naturales de la Amazonía
Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Dylan is a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. His research focuses on the ecology, behavior, and evolution of birds. Specifically, he is interested in the ecological and evolutionary consequences of interactions between organisms. These interactions may be between mothers and their offspring (i.e., maternal effects), how organisms respond to species introductions or among similar species in competition for limited resources.
John P. McCarty
Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies
Department of Biology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0040
John is a Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His current work is focused on the ecology, behavior, and evolution of birds. He is especially interested in designing research that meets the needs of policy-makers and resource managers, while also addressing basic questions in ecology. A major focus of his lab’s research has been on grassland birds breeding in ecosystems heavily modified by agriculture. The research program combines population-level studies of Dickcissels (Spiza americana) with community-level work looking at the grassland bird community in relation to vegetation and food supply. A second main focus of his is the stop-over ecology of shorebirds migrating through the Great Plains in the spring. He is focusing on how rare Buff-breasted sandpipers use agricultural lands while resting during their spring migration between South America and their arctic breeding grounds.
Andrea K. Townsend
Cornell Lab of Ornithology / Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Andrea is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. The goals of her work are to understand how a rapidly changing environment will affect the evolution of animal behavior, and to link behavioral variation among individuals to patterns observed on a landscape scale. Her research topics have included the effects of urbanization and infectious diseases on the costs of inbreeding in American Crows, and the mating tactics of Threatened Florida Scrub-Jays across sites with different habitat structures and inbreeding frequencies. Currently, as an NSF Posdoctoral Fellow, she is examining how climate interacts with the behavioral strategies of Black-throated Blue Warblers to drive population dynamics. Additionally, she is exploring island-wide patterns of genetic divergence of the birds of Hispaniola, with particular emphasis on the critically endangered, endemic populations of Haiti.
John currently serves as Professor of Zoology and Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research at Weber State University. For the past eight years, John has been working exclusively on the ecology and behavior of shorebirds and waterbirds breeding at Great Salt Lake, Utah. This research includes the effects of selenium on breeding American Avocets, and the impacts of land management activities on breeding productivity of Snowy Plovers.
Vale is a Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University. Her research centers on understanding evolutionary diversification of life-history strategies in birds. At Villanova University, she is studying variation in behavioral and genetic traits associated with mate choice along the distributional range of two hybridizing species of chickadees in collaboration with Dr. Robert Curry.
Alex’s research focuses on migratory birds, especially the mechanisms underpinning their life history, physiological and ecological traits of birds across the New World, and how this variation can provide information on their evolutionary history and conservation needs.
Dan is a self-employed ornithologist and conservation project consultant. Between 2000 and 2008 he developed and directed Mountain Birdwatch, a long-term monitoring program for songbirds that breed in high-elevation forests of the northeastern U.S. He led the Northeast Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership for American Bird Conservancy from 2005 to 2008. Dan currently works on collaborative research and education initiatives that promote science-based conservation of wildlife populations in northern New England.
Associate Professor of Biology & Director of the Texas Bird Sound Library
Department of Biological Sciences, Box 2116
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341
Diane Neudorf is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University and Director of the Texas Bird Sound Library. Diane’s research interests include avian mating systems (particularly female extra-pair mating tactics), parental care, brood parasitism, vocal communication, and most recently conservation of birds in urban landscapes. She has worked with several forest-nesting songbirds including Hooded Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals and Carolina Wrens.
Ethan is an Associate Professor of Biology in the Department of … He has published on brood parasitism, parental care, behavioral endocrinology, life history evolution, and environmental toxicology. Most recently, his ornithological work has focused on incubation behavior in cavity-nesting tree swallows.
Tom’s work focuses on the long-term dynamics of bird populations in relation to natural and human caused changes in the environment. These include, for example, weather, climate, plant succession, and restoration. Tom has over 18 years of experience studying birds, their habitats, and the factors that limit their populations. In addition to contributing regularly to the scientific literature, Tom strives to make conservation research more widely available through conservation plans, newsletters periodicals, and via face to face interactions. He recently co-edited a monograph on California’s most at-risk birds – California Bird Species of Special Concern.
Vicki is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Central Arkansas and a Smithsonian Research Associate. She continues field research in Arkansas and Virginia, the former focusing on wintering ecology of White-throated Sparrows, and the latter encompassing projects on Kentucky Warbler behavioral ecology, Purple Martin migration, grassland bird population dynamics, and vertebrate population censusing at an EPA Superfund Site in Front Royal, Virginia.
Paul is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. His research has primarily emphasized the ecology of landbirds during migratory stopover periods, particularly habitat selection, movement behavior, diet, energetic status, and seasonal interactions. Paul is also interested in avian biogeography and the factors that influence distributional change (e.g., climate and land use change). He pursues these interests through his work on the second Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas. Paul has served as the Director of OBBA II since 2006.
Scott is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and also a Research Associate with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY. He conducts basic and applied research on avian ecology, with a focus on understanding the impacts of land management practices on the distribution, abundance, and demography of avian populations. Current and recent work includes Cerulean Warbler response to timber management, post-breeding habitat use by forest-interior birds, and assessing the effects of oil and gas development on avian community structure and nest success. Prior to his current position, Scott worked in the southwestern U.S. and Central and South America.
© 2010 Association of Field Ornithologists. Banner photo of Golden-winged Warbler by Charles Eiseman.