Mark's research interests lie in the evolution, biogeography, and conservation of Neotropical birds, with local work in the midwestern United States. He has been conducting avian inventories across the planet and has deposited >7,000 audio recordings at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.
My research has ranged from the social organization of manakins, systematics, stable isotope analyses for elucidating intra-breeding season movements of Sedge Wrens, and avian song rates and the implications for estimating populations. For over 30 years I have conducted avifaunal inventories throughout the world, especially in South America. These inventories have elucidated the distribution and status of many poorly-known species and have been used for delineating priority areas for the preservation of biological diversity. I have used behavioral (>7000 of my sound recordings are deposited at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, Cornell University), genetic, and morphological data from these surveys to clarify relationships in a number of groups (e.g., woodpeckers, furnariids, Cistothorus wrens, Glaucidium pygmy-owls).
- B.S. in biological sciences, University of Arizona, 1977
- M.S. in zoology, Louisiana State University, 1982
- 1993 - Present. Collection Manager of Ornithology, University of Kansas Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Institute, Lawrence.
- 1982 - 1993. Collection Manager of Ornithology, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.
- American Ornithologists' Union
- Cooper Ornithological Society
- Wilson Ornithological Society
- Kansas Ornithological Society
- Audubon Society of Missouri
- U.S. National Science Foundation 2004 – National Science Foundation, ORNIS: A Community Effort to Build an Integrated, Distributed, Enriched, and Error-checked ORNithological Information System [with A.T. Peterson and D. Vieglais], $1,500,000
- U.S. National Science Foundation – West Nile Virus Monitoring in the New World Tropics, 2002-2004. (with A. T. Peterson and D. Vieglais) $100,000
- U.S. National Science Foundation – Improvement of the Ornithological Collections, University of Kansas Natural History Museum. 1996-present. (with A.T. Peterson) $153,000, plus $36,000 supplement
- Missouri Dept. of Conservation – Survey of Cerulean Warblers. 2003-2004. $6400
- U.S. National Park Service – Survey of Riparian Avifauna of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. 2002-2003. $6500
Foreign Field Experience
Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Lesser Antilles (St. Martin, Dominica, Guadaloupe, St. Lucia and St. Vincent), Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bhutan