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Kevin Omland


Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Bldg, Room 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 and conservation of birds. Current focus on the conservation biology of the critically endangered Bahama Oriole.
Evolutionary Biology - Molecular phylogeny and population genetics of closely related birds to study speciation and character evolution. Recent research has focused on the orioles (genus Icterus), as well as ravens (genus Corvus).
Keywords: conservation biology, tree of life, evolutionary biology, ornithology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior.

Teaching Interests

Introductory biology, diversity, evolution, phylogeny, population genetics, 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

1:5 vol. 16 Avian Conservation and Ecology

vol. 131 48-54 Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Standing genetic variation as the predominant source for adaptation of a songbird 6 vol. 116 2152-2157 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

vol. 145 77-85 Animal Behaviour

Emu: Austral Ornithology

vol. 9 Nature Communications

Journal of Caribbean Ornithology

vol. 154 1377-1395 Behavior

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 vol. 12 PLOS ONE

vol. 47 109-120 Journal of Avian Biology

vol. 29 28-36 Journal of Caribbean Ornithology

vol. 128 22-31 Wilson Journal of Ornithology

vol. 69 839-847 Evolution

vol. 115 89-98 Australia Emu: Austral Ornithology

3375 vol. 5 na - online only Nature Publishing Group Nature Communications

vol. 172 1-8 Elsevier Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: Part B

3 vol. 68 791-801 Wiley Blackwell Evolution

13 vol. 3 4377-4387 Wiley and Sons Ecology and Evolution

Princeton Guide to Evolution. J. B. Losos ed. Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press

10 vol. 2 2413-2429 Wiley / Blackwell Publishing Ecology and Evolution

4 vol. 83 362-371 Wiley / Blackwell Publishing Journal of Field Ornithology

vol. 128 678-687

vol. 166 404-414 American Midland Naturalist

vol. 20 2236-2239

vol. 20 2390-2402

Research in Progress

Conservation Biology of the Critically Endangered Bahama Oriole Scholarly (On-Going) Jan 1, 2015

Female Song in Eastern Bluebirds Scholarly (On-Going) Jan 1, 2015 Dec 31, 2020

Speciation Reversal in Common Ravens Scholarly Jan 1, 2012 Dec 31, 2018