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Bird researchers put their heads together in a live chat broadcasted on April 3, 2018. Resident ornithologists and a team from Cornel Lab of Ornithology joined forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird”.
David Bonter of Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University lead a lively conversation as panelists answered questions from Mpala Live! and Explore.org viewers. Enjoy the archived chat (unfortunately the first few minutes are missing due to technical difficulties).
David is an avian ecologist and Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; his work focuses on engaging the public in scientific research.
The panel made up of resident researchers at Mpala included;
Shailee Shah, Ph. D Candidate, Columbia University. Shailee Shah studies the evolution of cooperative breeding in Superb Starlings
Dr Shana Caro, Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University.
Shana Caro researches how baby birds talk to their parents, and how their parents respond.
Stephanie Wheeler, Ph. D Candidate, University of Florida
Stephanie Wheeler studies weaver birds to understand how anthropogenic spaces affect their breeding success and behaviours.
Danai Papageorgiou, Ph. D Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Danai Papageorgiou tracks the group movement and behaviour of Vulturine Guineafowl.