Ornithology

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Scott Edwards elected to the American Philosophical Society

June 11, 2020

Congratulations to Scott Edwards, MCZ Faculty-Curator of Ornithology, who was elected to the American Philosophical Society!

Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its Membership is comprised of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines...

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Scott Edwards and colleague awarded the inaugural Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award

March 9, 2020

Congratulations to MCZ Faculty-Curator of Ornithology Dr. Scott Edwards and colleague Dr. Richard Kliman, the recipients of the first ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award

This award recognizes individuals who have strengthened our community by promoting...

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Allison Shultz to be the Curator of Birds at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

July 4, 2018
Allison Shultz, former MCZ graduate student, will be the new Curator of Birds at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles starting in September 2018. The collection has over 121,000 bird specimens from over 5,400 species, and specializes in North America, Africa, South America, and the Pacific Ocean. Allison studied avian population genetics and evolution in Scott Edward's lab and received her PhD in... Read more about Allison Shultz to be the Curator of Birds at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
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MCZ specimens used for research on woodpeckers and possible brain damage

April 25, 2018
Dr. Peter Cummings and George Farah of Boston University recently utilized the MCZ's Ornithology collection to investigate whether woodpeckers exhibited some of the same signs of brain injury detectable in humans. The behavior of woodpeckers of pecking at trees with their bills to extract insects or to create nest cavities makes them an interesting group to study in this way. The brains of several of the MCZ’s preserved woodpecker specimens were tested and revealed some distinct signs of brain injury including the presence of phosphorylated tau proteins which have been linked to detectability... Read more about MCZ specimens used for research on woodpeckers and possible brain damage