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.
Overall interests in the ecology, evolution and conservation of birds. Current focus on the conservation biology of the critically endangered Bahama Oriole. http://www.birdscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Omland-Bahama-Oriole-NAOCposter2016.pdf
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.
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.
Rowley, Michel G., Stanley, Richard C., Antalffy, Jeanine 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). Hierarchical distance sampling reveals increased population size and broader habitat use of the endangered Bahama oriole. 1:5. 16 Avian Conservation and Ecology.
Sikora, Jonathan G., Moyer, Michelle J., Omland, K. E., Rose, Evangeline M. (2021). Large female song repertoires and within-pair song type sharing in a temperate breeding songbird. 2. 127 166-175 ETHOLOGY.
Kearns, Anna M., Joseph, Leo, Austin, Jeremy J., Driskell, Amy C., Omland, K. E.. (2020). Complex mosaic of sexual dichromatism and monochromatism in Pacific robins results from both gains and losses of elaborate coloration. 4. 51 JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY.
Rose, Evangeline M., Coss, Derek A., Haines, Casey D., Danquah, Sheridan A., Hill, Rebecca, Lohr, Bernard, Omland, K. E.. (2020). Female song in eastern bluebirds varies in acoustic structure according to social context. 4. 74 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY.
Haines, Casey D., Rose, Evangeline M., Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E.. (2020). The role of diversity in science: a case study of women advancing female birdsong research. 168 19-24 ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR.
Kearns, Anna M., Malloy, John F., Gobbert, Matthias K., Thierry, Aude, Boles, Walter, Driskell, Amy C., Omland, K. E.. (2019). Nuclear introns help unravel the diversification history of the Australo-Pacific Petroica robins. 131 48-54 Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
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.
Rose, Evangeline, Mathew, Thomas, Coss, Derek, Lohr, Bernard, Omland, K. E.. (2018). A new statistical method to test equivalence: An application in male and female eastern bluebird song. 145 77-85 Animal Behaviour.
Kearns, Anna M., Joseph, Leo, Thierry, Aude, Malloy, John F., Cortes-Rodriguez, Maria-Nandadevi, Omland, K. E.. (2018). Diversification of Petroica robins across the Australo-Pacific region: first insights into the phylogenetic affinities of New Guinea’s highland robin species.. Emu: Austral 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). Genomic evidence of speciation reversal in ravens. 9 Nature Communications.
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). New documentation of pine forest nesting by the critically endangered Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi).. Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.
Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E.. (2017). Females and males respond more strongly to duets than to female solos: comparing the function of duet and solo singing in a tropical songbird (Icterus icterus).. 154 1377-1395 Behavior.
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.
Sturge, Rachel J., Omland, K. E., Price, J. Jordan., bernard, lohr. (2016). Divergence in calls but not songs in the orchard oriole complex: Icterus spurius and I. fuertesi. 47 109-120 Journal of Avian Biology.
Campbell, Susanna K., Morales-Perez, Alcides L., Malloy, John F., Mullerklein, Oliver C., Kim, Jin A., J, Odom K., Omland, K. E.. (2016). Documentation of female song in a newly recognized species, the Puerto Rican Oriole (Icterus portoricensis). 29 28-36 Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.
Cortes-Rodriguez, Maria Nandadevi., Sturge, Rachel J., Omland, K. E.. (2016). Morphological and genetic variation of the Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater) across its widely disjunct distribution in Central America. 128 22-31 Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E., Price, John J. (2015). Differentiating the evolution of female song and male–female duets in the New World blackbirds: Can tropical natural history traits explain duet evolution?. 69 839-847 Evolution.
Kearns, Anna M., White, Lauren, Austin, Jeremy, Omland, K. E.. (2015). Distinctiveness of Pacific Robin subspecies in Vanuatu revealed from disparate patterns of sexual dichromatism, plumage colour, morphometrics and ancient DNA. 115 89-98 Australia: Emu: Austral Ornithology.
Odom, Karan J., Hall, M L., Riebel, K, Omland, K. E., Langmore, Naomi E. (2014). Female song is widespread and ancestral in songbirds. 3375. 5 na - online only Nature Publishing Group: Nature Communications.
Friedman, Nicholas R., McGraw, Kevin, Omland, K. E.. (2014). History and mechanisms of carotenoid plumage evolution in the New World orioles (Icterus). 172 1-8 Elsevier: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: Part B.
Friedman, Nicholas R., McGraw, Kevin, Omland, K. E.. (2014). Evolution of carotenoid pigmentation in caciques and meadowlarks (Icteridae): repeated gains of red plumage coloration by carotenoid C4-oxygenation.. 3. 68 791-801 Wiley Blackwell: Evolution.
Cortes-Rodriguez, Nandadevi, Jacobsen, Frode, Hernandez-Banos, B E., Navarro-Siguenza, A G., Peters, J L., Omland, K. E.. (2013). Coalescent analyses show isolation without migration in two closely related tropical orioles: the case of Icterus graduacauda and Icterus chrysater. 13. 3 4377-4387 Wiley and Sons: Ecology and Evolution.
Omland, K. E.. (2013). Tree thinking: interpreting phylogenetic trees. Princeton Guide to Evolution. J. B. Losos ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Jacobsen, Frode, Omland, K. E.. (2012). Extensive introgressive hybridization within the northern oriole group (Genus Icterus) revealed by three-species isolation with migration analysis. 10. 2 2413-2429 Wiley / Blackwell Publishing: Ecology and Evolution.
Hagemeyer, Natasha D., Sturge, Rachel J., Omland, K. E., Price, John Jordan. (2012). Incomplete song divergence between recently diverged taxa: syllable sharing by Orchard and Fuertes’ orioles. 4. 83 362-371 Wiley / Blackwell Publishing: Journal of Field Ornithology.
Omland, K. E.. (2011). Convergent gains of red carotenoid-based coloration in the New World blackbirds. Auk. 128 678-687
Omland, K. E., Martin, Michael. (2011). Environmental niche modeling reveals climatic differences among breeding ranges of Orchard Oriole subspecies. 166 404-414 American Midland Naturalist.
Omland, K. E.. (2011). Increasing evidence of the role of gene flow in animal evolution: hybrid speciation in the yellow-rumped warbler complex. Molecular Ecology. 20 2236-2239
Omland, K. E.. (2011). Random interbreeding between cryptic lineages of the common raven: evidence for speciation in reverse. Molecular Ecology. 20 2390-2402
Research In Progress
Omland, K. E.. “Speciation Reversal in Common Ravens,” Scholarly. Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2018
Omland, K. E.. “Conservation Biology of the Critically Endangered Bahama Oriole,” Scholarly (On-Going). Jan 1, 2015
Omland, K. E.. “Female Song in Eastern Bluebirds,” Scholarly (On-Going). Jan 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2020
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. Virtual Conference. (Jul 1, 2020).