Kim Derrickson will speak on “Nesting Strategies in Wood Thrushes”.
Dr. Kim Derrickson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Loyola University Maryland. He teaches a number of avian biology, ecology, and animal behavior courses. His research has been supported by NSF and the Smithsonian Institution. He has published over 20 scientific papers and recognized as one of the world’s experts on the Northern Mockingbird. He was appointed as an Elective Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and has spoken on “All Things Considered” on NPR discussing the interaction between jazz musicians and mockingbirds in New Orleans. Dr. Derrickson’s presentation will focus on the how’s and why’s of the complex singing behavior of Northern Mockingbirds, the intricate duetting and social behavior of Dusky Antbirds, and his most recent research on parental care in Wood Thrushes. Through the journey he will also show how fortuitous events often dramatically change the research agenda of a scientist.
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