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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 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.

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

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.

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

Kearns, Anna M., Joseph, Leo, Austin, Jeremy J., Driskell, Amy C., Omland, K. E.. (2020). . 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). . 4. 74 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY.

Haines, Casey D., Rose, Evangeline M., Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E.. (2020). . 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). . 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). . 145 77-85 Animal Behaviour.

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

Odom, Karan J., Omland, K. E.. (2017). . 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). . 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). . 29 28-36 Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

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

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

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

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.

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

Friedman, Nicholas R., McGraw, Kevin, Omland, K. E.. (2014). . 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). . 13. 3 4377-4387 Wiley and Sons: Ecology and Evolution.

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

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

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

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

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

Webb, William W., Marzluff, John J., Omland, K. E.. (2011). . 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 (Writing Results). 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).