Our Editors

Editors in Chief

Rafael Rueda Hernández

I am a Mexican Ornithologist with diverse research interests, spanning from the evolutionary aspects of molt to the migratory connectivity of Nearctic-Neotropical migratory species. Throughout my academic career, I have gained firsthand experience regarding the significance of early-career scientists in the advancement of Field Ornithology in the Neotropics. I am both committed and enthusiastic about joining the editorial team to contribute to the growth of the Journal.

Themes: molt, breeding biology, urban ecology, wintering ecology

Mark E. Hauber

Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior School of Integrative Biology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Hauber is the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign

Themes: brood parasitism, recognition systems


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Subject Editors

17 members
  • Juan I. Areta

    Laboratorio de Ecología, Comportamiento y Sonidos Naturales (ECOSON), IBIGEO-CONICET

    I am a Neotropical field ornithologist based in NW Argentina. I have broad interests in bird ecology, systematics, migration and bioacustics.

    Themes: bird song, bamboo-specialist birds, integrative taxonomy, biogeography, Neotropics


  • Lauryn Benedict

    University of Northern Colorado

    Lauryn Benedict is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. She studies the form, function, and evolution of song (and other communication signals) among male and female birds.

    Themes: communication, signaling, song, behavior


  • Carla S. Fontana

    UFRGS – Ecology Department, UFSM Graduate Program in Animal Biodiverity

    I am interested in natural history and conservation. I have been answering basic questions on neotropical birds’ life histories and studying other ecological and conservation issues.

    Themes: Breeding Biology of Neotropical Birds, Conservation Ecology, Southern south American Grassand Birds, Natural History and Urbanization effects on bird populations, Scientitic Collections, Field Ornithology

  • Michale Glennon

    Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute

    Michale Glennon serves as the Science Director of the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute. She is interested in the effects of land use management on wildlife populations and is engaged in research ranging from issues of residential development to recreation ecology to climate change. Most of this work uses birds as a tool for understanding threats to the Adirondack region. She is an ecologist and previously spent 15 years as the Director of Science for the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. At AWI, Michale works to support and help shape the scientific research program, provide high quality research opportunities for students, and distribute and champion AWI’s work in order to enhance the use of science in the management and stewardship of the natural resources of the Adirondack Park.

    Themes: Adirondack Park, community ecology, exurban development, boreal birds, recreation, occupancy modeling


  • Jeffrey P. Hoover

    University of Illinois, Prairie Research Institute, Illinois Natural History Survey

    I am an avian ecologist and study birds (particularly migratory songbirds) in upland and bottomland forest ecoystems and use observational and experimental field studies to address ecological questions and conservation issues. A primary focus of my research has been determining how habitat features and landscape composition affect nest predation and brood parasitism in breeding birds. My work in bottomland forests has also documented how hydrological restoration of forested wetlands affects breeding bird communities. Another major focus of my research has been studying brood-parasite/host interactions and their ecological and evolutionary ramifications. Finally, my long-term work on Prothonotary Warblers has addressed behavioral decision rules for site fidelity, natal philopatry and first-year survival, density dependent reproductive output, and the effects of a warming climate on the timing of breeding.

    Themes: nesting ecology, nest predation, brood parasitism, breeding site fidelity, natal philopatry, survival, forest fragmentation, lifetime reproductive success

  • Terri J Maness

    Louisiana Tech University

    Dr. Maness is an Associate Professor and Environmental Science Program Coordinator at Louisiana Tech University.Her research group attempts to explain the structure and function of organisms in terms of their ecology and evolutionary history. Our approach is integrative, encompassing behavioral ecology, conservation, demography, endocrinology, immunology, and toxicology.

    Themes: avian health, conservation physiology


  • Rebecca L. McGuire

    ABR, Inc., Environmental Research & Services

    Rebecca McGuire’s work has focused on Arctic-breeding birds, including research on factors influencing population trends, reproductive biology, and migratory movements and connectivity. She has published papers on movements, population trends, and breeding biology of eiders, shorebirds and gulls. Themes: Breeding biology, avian ecology, population analysis, migratory connectivity

    Themes: Avian ecology; Migration ecology

  • Ann E. McKellar

    Environment and Climate Change Canada

    I am a Research Scientist within the Wildlife Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. I specialize in the full life cycle biology and conservation of migratory birds in prairie ecosystems, with a primary focus on waterbirds and shorebirds. I have a particular interest in using new technologies (drones, light-level geolocators, satellite tags, Motus Wildlife Telemetry) to track and monitor migratory birds.

    Themes: avian ecology, migratory connectivity, prairies, species at risk, tracking technology

  • Angela Schmitz Ornés

    Zoological Institute and Museum, AG Vogelwarte, Universität Greifswald

    Angela Schmitz (Schmitz Ornés) currently works at the AG Vogelwarte, Institute of Zoology, University of Greifswald. Angela does research in animal communications, reproductive behaviour, and ecology. She is currently interested on avian breeding ecology and the function of avian egg morphology. Her current focus is on different rail species, European cranes (Grus grus), Black headed gulls, Common terns, and other colonial waterbirds.

    Themes: breeding ecology; egg morphology; colonial waterbirds

  • Maria A. Pacheco

    Temple University

    I am an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Department of Biology/Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine (iGEM) from Temple University. My academic and professional interests are avian ecophysiology and evolutionary biology. My research has focused on understanding the evolution of haemosporidian parasites and their hosts, especially birds. I am applying phylogenetic and molecular clock methods to understand host switches and the radiation of avian haemosporidian parasite groups. I am also interested in the rate and mode of evolution of the mitochondrial genome in birds and their haemosporidian parasites.

    Themes: Avian Physiology; Molecular Evolution; Avian Parasitology

  • Matthew Reudink

    Department of Biological Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada

    I am a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Canada, located on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwepemcúlucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc. I study the evolution and behaviour of birds, with particular emphasis on the evolution of plumage colouration.

    Themes: Evolution, behaviour, sexual selection, colour, migration


  • Scott A. Rush

    Mississippi State University

    Scott Rush is an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia (2009) where his research focused on indicators of ecosystem properties within northern Gulf of Mexico tidal marshes. His post-doctoral training, completed at The University of Windsor’s (Windsor, Ontario) Great Lakes’ Institute for Environmental Research, addressed changes in energy mobility through Great Lakes ecosystems. Now at Mississippi State University, Scott and his students continue to work within an expanding research framework incorporating novel technologies and chemical tracers to address features of landscape and trophic ecology relative to wildlife populations. Some current work strives to understand the effects of climate change on avian population regulation, and management of ecological communities supporting threatened and endangered species, especially within the context of human-wildlife conflicts.

    Themes: Community ecology; ecology and conservation of tidal systems; human-wildlife conflict; urban wildlife ecology; wildlife management

  • Rachael C Shaw

    Victoria University of Wellington

    Rachael Shaw is a behavioural ecologist who studies the causes and consequences of individual variation in cognitive ability in wild birds. She is based in Wellington, New Zealand, where she researches New Zealand’s endemic avifauna.

    Themes: animal cognition;behavioural ecology;cognitive ecology;cognitive evolution


  • Dave Shutler

    Interim Co-Editor in Chief of JFO; Acadia University, Professor Emeritus

    Although retired, I have a few sources of funds, and so continue my research on ecology of tree swallows and Leach’s storm-petrels. A current swallow project is documenting odor profiles of nests over the course of the breeding season. Other distractions include parasites of honey bees, white-nose syndrome in bats, brain worm in white-tailed deer, and ticks (if you’re in Canada, check out eTick.ca); more here https://www.acadiau.ca/~dshutler/cv.htm.

    Themes: behavioral ecology; Leach’s storm-petrels; nesting ecology; parasites; tree swallows

  • Jen Smith

    The University of Texas at San Antonio

    I am an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio. My lab’s research takes a mechanistic approach to assess the effects of land-use and management decisions on the behaviour, space use, and demography of birds, but occasionally on other taxa too. I am also interested in the human dimensions of wildlife which influence, and are influenced by wildlife management and conservation behaviours. Overall, my objective is to conduct research that informs policy and promotes sustainable land uses that consider the conservation of wildlife and human well-being.

    Themes: avian ecology, conservation, global change, human dimensions of wildlife, urban wildlife ecology, wildlife management


  • Michal Šulc

    Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences

    I am interested in the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of birds. I am particularly fascinated by inter- and intra-specific brood parasite-host interactions in the common cuckoo and the barn swallow study system. I video-record parasitism in situ at host nests and follow individuals by using RFID tags and readers. For studying the impact of visual signals (e.g. mimetic eggs of brood parasites) to host behaviour (e.g. egg recognition), I use up-to-date methods that simulate avian visual perception of colours and patterns. These include e.g. spectrometry, UV photography and modelling of avian vision.

    Themes: behaviour, cognition, brood parasitism


  • Ben J. Vernasco

    Washington State University

    I am an integrative organismal biologist fascinated by the causes and consequences of variation in fitness-related traits and behaviors. I use an integrative approach to address applied and fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions in both free-living and captive animals.

    Themes: telomeres, endocrine, testosterone, glucocorticoids, aging, behavioral ecology, lek, manakin, migration, finch, nomad, alpine, metabarcoding, post-fledgling survival, behavioral endocrinology, stress


Spanish Translators

Juan Pablo Gomez
Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia

Fernando González García
Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Xalapa, Veracruz, México

Rodrigo Lorenzón
Laboratorio de Biodiversidad y Conservación de Tetrápodos, Instituto Nacional de Limnología (INALI-CONICET-UNL), Santa Fe, Argentina

María Soledad Liébana
Colaboratorio de Biodiversidad, Ecología y Conservación (ColBEC), Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra y Ambientales de La Pampa (INCITAP)- CONICET / FCEyN – UNLPam, Argentina

Víctor Gamarra-Toledo
Área de Ornitología, Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa (MUSA)

Mariana Villegas Bilbao
Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia

María Emilia Rebollo
Colaboratorio de Biodiversidad, Ecología y Conservación; Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales; Universidad Nacional de La Pampa; Argentina

Cristian Gorosito
Centro de Investigación Esquel de Montaña y Estepa Patagónica (CIEMEP), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) – Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco (UNPSJB), Esquel, Chubut, Argentina

Editorial Assistance Program

Daniel M. Brooks, EAP Coordinator

Department of Vertebrate Zoology,
Houston Museum of Natural Science,
One Herman Circle Drive,
Houston, Texas 77030-1799, USA
(phone +1 713-639-4776), e-mail dbrooks@hmns.org.

Journal of Field Ornithology is the quarterly publication of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

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