COAC Fall Gathering: Dr Andy Jones

Dr Andy Jones

The featured speaker at our Fall Gathering on October 3 will be Dr Andy Jones from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Many of you already know Andy and have heard him speak. If you have not, you are in for a treat, as Andy is a fun and enthusiastic speaker. This time, he will combine two topics in one talk: Documenting Bird-Building Collisions Through Community Science and New Hybrids Through Modern Technologies.

For those of you who don’t know Andy, here’s some information:

Dr. Andy Jones has worked at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for more than a decade. He was hired in 2006 as the William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Endowed Chair of Ornithology, a new position created thanks to a donation from the Klamms to the Museum. As a curator, Dr. Jones is responsible for the Museum’s collection of avian specimens, which consists of more than 35,000 study skins from around the world plus a frozen tissue collection, skeletons, and nests and eggs. He is also responsible for specimen acquisition and preservation, maintenance of specimen records, and carrying out original research. His current research involves the evolutionary history of birds from the Appalachian mountains, documenting new hybridization events, and understanding migration and human-bird conflicts through the Lights Out Cleveland project. Dr. Jones has served as Secretary of the American Ornithological Society since 2014, and was recently named a Fellow of the AOS. He originally hails from east Tennessee, where his passion for natural history began at an early age (including field notes starting at age 5). He is a passionate contributor and reviewer for eBird and iNaturalist. Dr. Jones received his BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Cleveland Heights.