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Registration now open for AFO-WOS meeting, Cape May NJ, Oct 2019

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http://www.cvent.com/events/2019-afo-wos-joint-meeting/location-fc644f2542184eba9fe3b1d37928e0fd.aspx

And the plenary speakers have been announced:

Robert Curry

Dr. Curry is a native of Massachusetts with additional family roots in Nova Scotia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College (1979) under the mentorship of Dick Holmes, followed by doctoral study at the University of Michigan (1987) focusing on social and conservation ecology of Galápagos mockingbirds supervised by Peter Grant. He conducted postdoctoral work on Florida Scrub-Jays with Glen Woolfenden and John Fitzpatrick before joining the faculty at Villanova University (1991). Dr. Curry has mentored research by more than 70 Villanova Masters students and undergraduates; their work has involved mimids and other Neotropical birds; Florida Scrub-Jays; the world's one herbivorous spider; and, especially, Carolina and Black-capped chickadees and their hybrids. He served as President of the Wilson Ornithological Society in 2014-2016 after completing multiple terms as an Officer and member of Council. Dr. Curry and his wife Susie have two children, and they eagerly await the arrival of two granddaughters in 2019.

As the Margaret Morse Nice Keynote, Dr. Curry will speak on “Transformation of familiar birds into model organisms: what chickadees can teach us”

Much like the Song Sparrows that captivated Margaret Morse Nice, chickadees are charismatic backyard birds that we easily take for granted. Research concerning several North American chickadee species has, burgeoned in recent decades, yielding insights about fundamental problems in ornithology-approaching what we have learned from their European relatives. The role of vocal behavior in chickadee mating systems has been examined thoroughly. "Our" chickadees are currently central among studies of social networks using technological tools that allow us to track movements and associations in space and time. Chickadees have contributed important insights concerning cognitive ecology and neuroethology. Long-term research within the northward-moving hybrid zone between Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees combines many of these elements, while also employing genomic approaches and Citizen Science data; this work has revealed influences of ongoing climate change and behavioral mechanisms on the dynamics of songbird hybridization. There is still much to learn from these familiar birds.

Christina Riehl

Christie has always been fascinated by a) animal social behaviors, and b) anything having to do with birds. Her main research project is a long-term study of the breeding behavior of the greater ani (a bizarre communally breeding cuckoo) in Panama, but she is interested in many questions involving the evolution and ecology of sociality and reproductive biology.

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