News

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A. Townsend Peterson, curator of ornithology, and Mark Robbins, collection manager of ornithology, have received a grant of $25,000 from the National Geographic Society. The society's Committee for Research and Exploration awarded the grant for a project entitled, "Survey of Vertebrate Diversity of an Isolated Sub-Himalayan Site in Northern Vietnam."

News Type:
Award Grant News
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ornithology graduate student Lynnette Dornak's proposal to the National Science Foundation for support for her dissertation research was recently recommended for funding. These awards are highly competitive, and indicate the high quality of the proposal that Lynnette assembled. Her work focuses on the distribution and dynamics of the distribution of Henslow's Sparrows across their range in North America.

News Type:
Student News
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mark Robbins — collections of wrens and other taxa across Nebraska and the northern Great Plains
Lynnette Dornak — censuses of Henslow's Sparrows across the eastern United States
Jaime Castro (Mexican student associate) — collections in Botswana with a team from Texas Tech University), planned for August
Town Peterson, Walter Wehtje (Research Associate), and Diego Roldan (Mexican student associate) — collections in western Mongolia with a team from the University of Nebraska
Robin Jones, Carl Oliveros, and Pete Hosner — collections at several sites in the northern part of the Philippines
Rob Moyle — collections in Bornean Malaysia with colleagues from Louisiana State University
Rob Moyle — exploring collaborations and permit arrangements in the Solomon Islands
Mike Andersen — collections in the Fiji Archipelago, including the remote Lau Islands.

News Type:
Research News
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mark Robbins — collections of wrens and other taxa across Nebraska and the northern Great Plains
Lynnette Dornak — censuses of Henslow's Sparrows across the eastern United States
Jaime Castro (Mexican student associate) — collections in Botswana with a team from Texas Tech University), planned for August
Town Peterson, Walter Wehtje (Research Associate), and Diego Roldan (Mexican student associate) — collections in western Mongolia with a team from the University of Nebraska
Robin Jones, Carl Oliveros, and Pete Hosner — collections at several sites in the northern part of the Philippines
Rob Moyle — collections in Bornean Malaysia with colleagues from Louisiana State University
Rob Moyle — exploring collaborations and permit arrangements in the Solomon Islands
Mike Andersen — collections in the Fiji Archipelago, including the remote Lau Islands.

News Type:
Research News
Friday, January 21, 2011

The KU Natural History Museum will present a film that explores the role of science, emotion and the media in the reported sighting of an extinct bird.

“Ghost Bird,” a 2010 documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Panorama Gallery at the museum. Following the film, ornithologist Mark Robbins will lead a talk-back session titled “Conservation and the Ivory Bill Fantasy.”

Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists and reporters, “Ghost Bird” looks at the 2005 announcement that the ivory-billed woodpecker, a species thought to be extinct for 60 years, had been found in the swamps of eastern Arkansas.

The announcement made headlines globally and prompted the largest recovery effort ever undertaken for a lost species. Millions of dollars poured in while ornithologists and birders flocked to the swamps to find the bird.

At the same time, evidence mounted that the original video sighting was in error. The film weaves together the work of scientists who disputed the sighting with the characters of the small town of Brinkley, Ark., which was transformed by the hope, commerce and controversy surrounding the bird.

More information about the film and its theatrical trailer can be found at ghostbirdmovie.com.

News Type:
Event News
Monday, January 10, 2011

KU Ornithology graduate Monica Papes has just accepted a position in the Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor. Mona finished her degree at KU in 2009, and has been in a postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin since then. Curiously, Mona was interviewed for two positions late in 2010, and was offered both! She opted for the OSU position, and we wish her the very best there.

News Type:
Student News