Fitzpatrick, John W.

Professor; Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology


I am an ornithologist with expertise in avian behavior, ecology, biogeography, and conservation biology. Since 1995 I’ve been Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, a world renowned institute for research, education, and conservation of birds, and for communication about science and conservation to the general public. The Lab is a global pioneer in "citizen science" projects that now engage hundreds of thousands of public citizens in research on bird distribution, movements, and population trends. My current research centers on ecology, social behavior, and conservation genetics of the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay, including engagement in a comprehensive, nearly 50-year-long study of a color-banded population at the Archbold Biological Station, where I was Executive Director before coming to Cornell. My teaching background includes BioEE 2670: Introduction to Conservation Biology and other ornithology courses at Cornell.

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