Herb Wilson in the News: Mexico Bird Trip Report, Public Talk on Bird Migration

Portland Press Herald
March 4, 2019 | by Herb Wilson

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, is in the news this week. Two reports of his January birding trip to Mexico were published: in the Portland Press Herald and in Yucatán Ex-Pat Life. Both articles recount a particularly successful day birding at Rio Lagartos, a “well-known birding hot-spot” on the Yucatán Peninsula.  “Altogether we saw 83 species on our morning trip, including renewing friendships with a number of species whom we look forward to seeing again when summertime returns to Maine,” Wilson reported.

Wilson will be at the University of Maine Farmington March 13 giving a talk on bird migration and climate change and reporting on his citizen science project. “There have been changes in the dates of arrival and dates of departure for the many of the species of birds seen in Maine. What factors underlie these changes? How big a factor might climate change be?” the Portland Press Herald reports promoting the talk

Herb Wilson is in the Central Maine Sunday Paper every other Sunday! Access this week’s article here.

Ron Peck runs in the Boston Marathon 2015! Way to go Ron! Read the article here.

Biology professor Ron Peck wins the Bay of Fundy International Marathon! Full article can be found here.

David Angelini (Assistant Professor of Biology) was awarded a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to intensify research on the soapberry bug’s unusual development of its wings. Read the complete article here.



Will Simmons ‘17 has decided to go to the Johns Hopkins Medical School PhD program in Molecular Biology. Will has been working at NIH since he graduated in 2017.

Julia Rogers (’16, Environmental Studies) presents her research project at the ESA conference in Costa Rica in the photo below.


First article highlights a paper by Jennifer Malpass (Biology ’08)

Here’s a link to her page on the OSU web site: http://senr.osu.edu/our-people/jennifer-malpass

Sydney Tiemann ’18

Sydney has just taken a job as a research technician in the lab of developmental biologist Amy Shyer at Rockefeller University in New York. She got two other job offers for similar positions.

Will Simmons ‘17

Will is applying this fall to a number of PhD programs in cell bio and molecular genetics. He’s been working as a technician in Dave Bodine’s lab at NIH since he graduated from Colby.

Mark Chaffin (’12 Biology & Math Sciences:Statistics) is headed to graduate school at Harvard!

“I will be entering Harvard University’s masters program in Computational Biology and Quantitative Genetics this coming fall. I ended up getting accepted to all 6 schools I applied to which made this an incredibly challenging decision on my part, but after weighing the pros and cons of each program, Harvard stood out as the best option.”

Ellie Linden (’14, Biology, Environmental Studies:Science) is off to University of Connecticut’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to pursue a Master’s in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.

Katerina Faust (’14, Biology:Neuroscience) is headed to Cornell University to pursue a Ph.D. in Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology.

Ali Smith (’14, Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) is headed to Cornell University to pursue a Ph.D.

Jay Liu (’14, Biology: Neuroscience) has accepted a position as a Research Technician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Lab in Boston.

Andrew Beauschesne and Leigh Fryxell, class of 2014, travel through the Bandlands on their way to California.