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Kevin Omland

Kevin Omland


Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Bldg 425


Ph D The University at Albany, SUNY 1995

BA Dartmouth College 1985


BA, Dartmouth College; PhD, University at Albany (SUNY); Postdocs: Duke, Univ. Minnesota, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. UMBC Faculty 2000 - present. Australian National University 2007, 2010. UMBC Presidential Research Professor 2016-2019.

Research Interests

Overall interests in the ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation of birds. Current focus on the conservation biology of several threatened or near-threatened orioles, especially the Puerto Rican Oriole. Ongoing work on female song, including comparing temperate and tropical oriole species. Previous research: Evolutionary Biology - molecular phylogeny and population genetics of closely related birds to study speciation and character evolution, especially orioles (genus Icterus) and ravens (genus Corvus). Current contract for book on the tree of life for Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: conservation biology, tree of life, evolutionary biology, ornithology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior.

Teaching Interests

Biology 142: Introductory Ecology and Evolution; Biology 484: Evolution from Genes to Genomes. More broadly: biodiversity, evolution, phylogeny, animal behavior, conservation. Especially interested in teaching clear tree thinking as there is no "ladder of progress" in evolution. Understanding the Tree of Life.

Intellectual Contributions

Moyer, Michelle J., Rose, Evangeline M., Moreland, D'Juan A., Raza, Aiman, Brown, Sean M., Scarsaletta, Alex L., Lohr, Bernard, Odom, Karan J., Omland, Kevin E. (2022). . 1. 93 Journal of Field Ornithology.

DeSaix, Matthew G., Connell, Eileen B., Cortés-Rodríguez, Nandadevi, Omland, K. E., Marra, Peter P., Studds, Colin E. (2022). . 134 381-389 Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

Sikora, Jonathan G., Moyer, Michelle J., Omland, K. E., Rose, Evangeline M. (2021). . 2. 127 166-175 ETHOLOGY.

Rowley, Michael G., Stanley, Richard C., Antalffy, Janine M., Christhilf, Jennifer L., Stonko, Daniel C., Johnson, Scott B., Cant-Woodside, Shelly, Sillett, Terrence Scott., Fagan, Matthew, Studds, Colin E., Omland, K. E.. (2021). . 1:5. 16 Avian Conservation and Ecology.

Antalffy, Janine M., Rowley, Michael G., Johnson, Scott B., Cant-Woodside, Shelley, Freid, Ethan H., Omland, K. E., Fagan, Matthew. (2021). . 193 817 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

Haines, Casey D., Rose, Evangeline M., Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E.. (2020). . 168 19-24 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR.

Rose, Evangeline M., Coss, Derek A., Haines, Casey D., Danquah, Sheridan A., Hill, Rebecca, Lohr, Bernard, Omland, K. E.. (2020). . 4. 74 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY.

Kearns, Anna M., Joseph, Leo, Austin, Jeremy J., Driskell, Amy C., Omland, K. E.. (2020). . 4. 51 JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY.

Lai, Yu-Ting, Omland, K. E., Pang, Er-Li, Hao, Yu, Liao, Ben-Yang, Cao, Hui-Fen, Zhang, Bo-Wen, Yeh, Chia-Fen, Hung, Chih-Ming, Hung, Hsin-Yi, Yang, Ming-Yu, Liang, Wei, Hsu, Yu-Cheng, Yao, Cheng-Te, Dong, Lu, Lin, Kui, Li, Shou-Hsien. (2019). Standing genetic variation as the predominant source for adaptation of a songbird. 6. 116 2152-2157 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Kearns, Anna M., Malloy, John F., Gobbert, Matthias K., Thierry, Aude, Boles, Walter, Driskell, Amy C., Omland, K. E.. (2019). . 131 48-54 Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Stonko, Daniel C., Rolle, Lehron E., Scarselletta, Alexis L., Christhilf, Jennifer L., Rowley, Michael G., Yates, Shannan S., Shelley, Cant-Woodside, Brace, Leslie, Johnson, Scott B., Omland, K. E.. (2018). . Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

Kearns, Anna M., Restani, Marco, Szabo, Ildiko, Schroder-Nielsen, Audun, Kim, Jin Ah., Richardson, Hayley M., Marzluff, John M., Fleischer, Robert C., Johnsen, Arild, Omland, Kevin E. (2018). . 9 Nature Communications.

Kearns, Anna M., Joseph, Leo, Thierry, Aude, Malloy, John F., Cortes-Rodriguez, Maria-Nandadevi, Omland, K. E.. (2018). . Emu: Austral Ornithology.

Rose, Evangeline, Mathew, Thomas, Coss, Derek, Lohr, Bernard, Omland, K. E.. (2018). . 145 77-85 Animal Behaviour.

Johnsenl, Arild, Kearns, Anna M., Omland, Kevin E., Anmarkrud, Jarl Andreas. (2017). Sequencing of the complete mitochondrial genome of the common raven Corvus corax (Aves: Corvidae) confirms mitogenome-wide deep lineages and a paraphyletic relationship with the Chihuahuan raven C. cryptoleucus. 10. 12 PLOS ONE.

Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E.. (2017). . 154 1377-1395 Behavior.

Cortes-Rodriguez, Maria Nandadevi., Sturge, Rachel J., Omland, K. E.. (2016). . 128 22-31 Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

Campbell, Susanna K., Morales-Perez, Alcides L., Malloy, John F., Mullerklein, Oliver C., Kim, Jin A., J, Odom K., Omland, K. E.. (2016). . 29 28-36 Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

Sturge, Rachel J., Omland, K. E., Price, J. Jordan., bernard, lohr. (2016). . 47 109-120 Journal of Avian Biology.

Kearns, Anna M., White, Lauren, Austin, Jeremy, Omland, K. E.. (2015). . 115 89-98 Australia: Emu: Austral Ornithology.

Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E., Price, John J. (2015). . 69 839-847 Evolution.

Friedman, Nicholas R., McGraw, Kevin, Omland, K. E.. (2014). . 3. 68 791-801 Wiley Blackwell: Evolution.

Friedman, Nicholas R., McGraw, Kevin, Omland, K. E.. (2014). . 172 1-8 Elsevier: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: Part B.

Odom, Karan J., Hall, M L., Riebel, K, Omland, K. E., Langmore, Naomi E. (2014). . 3375. 5 na - online only Nature Publishing Group: Nature Communications.

Omland, K. E.. (2013). . Princeton Guide to Evolution. J. B. Losos ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Cortes-Rodriguez, Nandadevi, Jacobsen, Frode, Hernandez-Banos, B E., Navarro-Siguenza, A G., Peters, J L., Omland, K. E.. (2013). . 13. 3 4377-4387 Wiley and Sons: Ecology and Evolution.

Hagemeyer, Natasha D., Sturge, Rachel J., Omland, K. E., Price, John Jordan. (2012). . 4. 83 362-371 Wiley / Blackwell Publishing: Journal of Field Ornithology.

Jacobsen, Frode, Omland, K. E.. (2012). . 10. 2 2413-2429 Wiley / Blackwell Publishing: Ecology and Evolution.

Webb, William W., Marzluff, John J., Omland, K. E.. (2011). . 20 2390-2402

Jacobsen, Frode, Omland, K. E.. (2011). . 20 2236-2239

Omland, K. E., Martin, Michael. (2011). . 166 404-414 American Midland Naturalist.

Friedman, Nicholas N., Kiere, L M., Omland, K. E.. (2011). . 128 678-687

Moyer, Michelle J., Neerchal, Nagaraj K., Lohr, Bernard, Leips, Jeffery W., Osorio, Eriberto, Bare, Ellie K., Raza, Aiman, Molake, Bukola A., Omland, Kevin E. Sex-specific responses to simulated territorial intrusions provide evidence for relaxed selection pressure on female song in Orchard Orioles. Journal of Field Ornithology.

Research In Progress

Omland, K. E.. “Conservation Biology of the Critically Endangered Bahama Oriole,” Scholarly (Writing Results). Jan 1, 2015


Omland, K. E. (Author & Presenter), Cant, Shelly (Author), Antalffy, Janine (Author), Rowley, Michael (Author), Fagan, Matthew (Author), Studds, Colin E (Author). Wilson Ornithological Society Annual Meeting. Oral Presentation. "Good News from a Caribbean Island Endemic: Downlisting the Bahama Oriole from “Critically Endangered” to “Endangered”," Wilson Ornithological Society. (Jul 1, 2023).

Omland, K. E. (Author & Presenter), Haines, Casey (Author), Rose, Evangeline (Author). Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting. Oral Presentation. "Why diversity matters: gender biases and the study of female bird song.," Animal Behavior Society. (Jul 1, 2020).