Director of Museum of Natural Science
Curator of Genetic Resources
I have two fundamental areas of research interest: the evolution and systematics of birds, and the natural history of the birds of the Malay archipelago. My research in systematics emphasizes the reconstruction of phylogenies of bird families and use of phylogeny as a framework for the study of the evolution of modern-day ecology, behavior, and distribution. Among my recent projects are evolutionary investigations of nest-construction in swallows, vocalizations and morphology in herons, and seed-caching and brain-size in chickadees. My work in S.E. Asia is concentrated mainly in Borneo, where I am conducting a variety of studies with students and collaborators.