University Gallery guest speaker: John Fitzgerald
The guest speaker series for University Gallery's current exhibit, “Arthur Singer: The Wildlife Art of an American Master,” will kick off with John Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He is slated to give a talk on "The Importance of Ornithology" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in University Gallery.
The lecture is free, open to the public and the first of three affiliated with the Arthur Singer show.
Since receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1978, Fitzpatrick has served as curator of birds and chairman of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago and director of the Archbold Biological Station in central Florida, before joining Cornell in 1995.
He has led numerous scientific expeditions in the Amazon Basin and Andean foothills, leading to discovery of a number of new bird species. His current research continues his 45-year collaborative studies of the ecology, behavior, landscape genetics and conservation of the endangered Florida scrub-jay.
At the Cornell Lab, he and his colleagues have pioneered the development of the internet-based, citizen-science project "eBird," a revolutionary tool for continent-scale bird monitoring. Fitzpatrick’s nearly 200 scientific publications include the book Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation and the tyrannidae section of the Handbook of Birds of the World, volume 9.
Fitzpatrick has served as President of the American Ornithologists’ Union, on governing boards of the Nature Conservancy and the National Audubon Society, and on three endangered species recovery teams.