Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series
Over the past 22 years, Herb Wilson has been coordinating a citizen-science project to monitor the spring-time arrival of more than 100 species of migratory breeding birds that nest in Maine. This research has provided insight into the timing of migratory arrivals over different parts of the state. The data are also relevant to monitoring the impacts of global climate change. Using data from the turn of the 20th century, he has examined how arrival dates have changed over the past 100 years. Year-to-year variability in spring-time temperatures and variability in the North Atlantic Oscillation influence the arrival of migratory birds. Some groups of birds are more responsive to this interannual variability. In the lecture, Wilson will summarize the findings of this volunteer-based research project.
A native North Carolinian, Herb Wilson attended the University of North Carolina for his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. He had a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harbor Branch Foundation, a one-year NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University and a two-year stint as Research Biologist at the Manomet Bird Observatory in southeastern Massachusetts before accepting a faculty position at the University of Washington in 1987. Herb and his wife returned to New England in 1990 when he accepted a faculty position at Colby College. He is now the Arey Professor of Biosciences at Colby. He and his wife live in Waterville.
- The Northward Expansion of the Tufted Titmouse in Maine
- Spring Arrival Dates of Migratory Breeding Birds in Maine: Sensitivity to Climate Change
- Variability of Arrival Dates of Maine Migratory Breeding Birds: Implications for Detecting Climate Change
- Spring Arrivals of Maine Migratory Breeding Birds: Response to an Extraordinarily Warm Spring
- Arrival Dates Of Migratory Breeding Birds in Maine: Results From a Volunteer Network
5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland campus)