UWindsor researchers take wing at ornithological conference

Alana DemkoDoctoral student Alana Demko discusses her research on vocalizations in rufous-capped warblers at the joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and Society of Canadian Ornithologists.

UWindsor faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students made an impressive contribution to an international conference at Michigan State University last week, says one of its organizers.

Ten researchers from the University of Windsor were among more than 700 delegates from 16 countries at a joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists.

Dan Mennill, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and associate dean of graduate studies and research for the Faculty of Science, was one of the conference organizers.

“Together, the members of my lab, Stéphanie Doucet’s lab, and Oliver Love’s lab made up the largest contingent of Canadians at the international conference,” he said. “Our delegates presented cutting-edge data papers, and thought-provoking idea papers, that stood out as highlights of the conference.”

Ines Moran, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, presented findings from her master’s research on vocal interactions in savannah sparrows.

“My favourite part of the conference was the opportunity to mingle with outstanding scholars and discuss hot topics about birds and science,” Moran said.

Alana Demko, a University of Windsor PhD student studying vocal behaviour of tropical birds, reported she appreciated learning about the latest ornithological research, “but I was especially impressed by the quality of research and presentations from the University of Windsor.” 

More photos of the University of Windsor team can be found on Dr. Mennill’s website: www.uwindsor.ca/dmennill.

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