Ornithology covers all aspects of bird biology, including migration, physiology, conservation and vocalizations. People enjoy birds at many levels, from backyard birdwatching to conducting standardized surveys by ear in the Andes. Birds are familiar to everyone, yet many of the world's approximately 10,000 bird species are poorly known.
The Museum's bird collection consists of more than 30,000 study skins as well as 4,000 egg sets and 1,000 skeletons. The majority of specimens come from Ohio, covering more than a century of ornithological exploration. Other geographic strengths of the collection include western North America, Panama and Africa.
Research projects in the Ornithology department make use of museum specimens as a source for DNA sequence data. These sequences can be used to answer an array of questions in biology, including taxonomy, biogeography and many aspects of evolutionary history. Ongoing projects cover the last 10 million years or so, with a focus on Pleistocene history. We are focused on birds in the Appalachians, the Philippines and several globally distributed birds, such as pygmy-owls and terns.
The Department of Ornithology offers opportunities for students to learn about the discipline in-depth. Undergraduate students interested in a paid summer internship in this discipline are encouraged to investigate the Kirtlandia Research Internship Program.
Curator of Ornithology: Dr. Andy Jones
You may contact Dr. Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-231-4600 ext. 3332.