Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander has become an elective member of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) the oldest and largest society for the study of ornithology in the Western Hemisphere. Deutschlander’s election occurred during the 131st annual meeting of the AOU, held at the Field Museum in Chicago, Ill., in August. Deutschlander also recently accepted a position as associate editor for the AOU’s prestigious journal The Auk which has the third-highest scientific impact ranking among ornithological journals worldwide.
Deutschlander’s research interest in birds and migration began while he was an undergraduate student with Dr. Robert Beason at S.U.N.Y. Geneseo, where together they studied the magnetic sense of bobolinks. He also has studied magnetic navigation in Australian silvereyes, as a visiting scholar at the University of Technology in Sydney.
He is currently the second vice-president for the Wilson Ornithological Society. He will serve in this position for two years, followed by two years as first vice president and two years as president before spending an additional two years as past-president. The WOS is the second oldest and second largest scientific ornithological society in North America.
Deutschlander received his Ph.D. in zoology from Indiana University, where he specialized in animal behavior and minored in neuroscience. His research over the past 20 years has focused on sensory aspects of migration and navigation, particular the use of visual cues and the earth’s magnetic field in animal orientation. He has conducted experiments on a wide variety of organisms, including salamanders, trout, hamsters, and, of course, birds.
In the photo above Deutschlander releases a bird while at the Braddock Bay Observatory in Rochester, N.Y. , where he conducts most of his research on migratory birds. Deutschlander is a past president for the Observatory’s board of directors.