2017 Election Results
In 2017, the following positions were filled. Please review the biographies of the newly elected individuals to learn more about them.
- North American Director #3
- Director At Large #3 and #6
- Eurasian Director
North American Director #3
Todd Katzner, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Boise, ID
I am a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Snake River Field Station of the U.S. Geological Survey in Boise Idaho. I have >25 years of experience in the fields of ecology and conservation biology, most of it focused on raptor biology. My recent work involves study of movement behavior of raptors, especially understanding and mitigating threats from renewable energy to soaring birds of prey. The bulk of my research is in North America, but I also have an international research program focusing on raptors in central Asia. I am part of a large team of biologists, postdocs, students and colleagues and the species we have studied include golden, bald, imperial, white-tailed sea, and steppe eagles, California condors, black and turkey vultures, red-footed and saker falcons and many others. I was a co-editor (with RRF past president Ruth Tingay) and author of the book “The Eagle Watchers” and a co-founder of the wildlife telemetry company Cellular Tracking Technologies, LLC. I recently served for 3 years as an elected councilor for the Wilson Ornithological Society.
I have been a member of RRF since the late 1990s and have, in recent years, served on the board’s Conservation Committee. I am excited about the possibility of serving as a Director at the Raptor Research Foundation. As the technology and statistical tools for studying raptors have improved, so has our understanding of the threats they face. As such, there is opportunity for raptor biologists to make disproportionately large contributions to biodiversity conservation. The Raptor Research Foundation can continue to be a leader in preparing and supporting our scientist-members in their work. I look forward to helping the organization to do this.
Director At Large #3 and #6
Rob Bierregaard (incumbent), Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Pennsylvania, USA
I have grown up as a raptor biologist with the RRF. The very first bulletin of the organization sits proudly on my bookshelves. I began my life with raptors as a young falconer in 1969 and have been studying them ever since. My Ph.D. thesis investigated competition in raptor communities. I conducted the first nest study of the Crested Eagle and did some nesting and telemetry work with other Amazonian raptors. My recent research has focused on Barred Owls and Osprey population dynamics, ecology, and migration. My papers have been published in J. Raptor Res., Conservation Biology, The Auk, Ornithological Monographs, and BioScience. I co-authored the original Osprey account for the BNA Project and led the recent (2016) revision for the on-line version. I wrote the 81 species accounts for the Neotropical Falconiformes in the Handbook of Birds of the World. Since 1995, I have taught at UNC-Charlotte, where I have been the major advisor for 6 M.Sc. students and on committees for Ph.D. students in the U.S. and Brazil. I have presented papers at as many RRF meetings as possible, as well at those of other organizations, including the AOU, the Society for Conservation Biology, the Brazilian Ornithological Society, and the International Ornithological Congress. I have been a long-time scientific advisor to the Peregrine Fund and am an elective Fellow of the AOU. I have served two terms on the RRF Board and currently chair the Finance Committee and am a member of the Nomination Committee.
Jennifer Coulson (incumbent), Orleans Audubon Society President; Adjunct faculty, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
My long-term study on the population ecology of the Swallow-tailed Kite, an ongoing study that began in 1995, focuses on intraguild predation, sex-biased predation, effects of urbanization, negative effects of parasites, vital rates and other demographics. Other research interests include: the Great Horned Owl as an apex predator; sociality, cooperation, and heritable variation in Harris’s Hawks; Yellow-headed Caracara cleaning symbioses; and the breeding biology of the Ornate Hawk-Eagle. I received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University in 2006.
My experience as President of the Orleans Audubon Society for the past 15 years has given me insight into the organizational and financial needs of non-profits such as RRF. I am also Conservation Chair for the Orleans Audubon Society and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Swallow-tailed Kite Conservation Alliance. Additional raptor-related experience includes banding, telemetry, falconry, raptor propagation, raptor rehabilitation and education.
I joined RRF in 1985 and attended the meetings in Gainesville, Florida, 1986; Savannah, Georgia, 1997; and New Orleans, LA, 2002. I currently serve on the RRF Board as a Director-At-Large (January 2015 through December 2017). I have published 2 papers, 1 short communication and 3 letters in the Journal of Raptor Research, and have reviewed numerous manuscripts. Additional participation in RRF includes serving as Chair of Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom Award Committee, Chair of Tom Cade Award Committee, and as a reviewer for the Dean Amadon Grant Committee. I was also on the local host committee for the NAOC meeting in New Orleans, 2002.
I believe that the future of RRF will depend largely on the organization’s abilities to adapt to the needs of up and coming raptor researchers in the U.S. and internationally. If re-elected, my primary goals for RRF would be to work on a number of changes that will make the organization more efficient, current, and financially stable. These include developing a long-term plan, modernizing the bylaws, establishing an endowment for general operations, and securing adequate insurance for RRF’s activities. I would like to see the Journal of Raptor Research transition to full open access, and more authors write press releases and use social media to promote their publications.
Oliver Krone, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany
Oliver is senior scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany. He studied veterinary medicine at the Free University of Berlin, where he was also able to participate on a Lesser Spotted Eagle project, an experience that helped cement his growing interest in raptors. He completed an internship with Pat Redig at The Raptor Center in Minnesota in 1993, learning different techniques for raptor rehabilitation, then returned to Germany for further graduate studies. He completed his Ph.D. at the Leibniz Institute after studying endoparasites and causes of death in birds of prey. Since graduation, Oliver has conducted research on a wide array of wildlife, focusing on parasites, disease, environmental contaminants, pathology and telemetry, although his main passion is still for raptor research. His publications include research on European Eagle Owls, European Kestrels, Northern Goshawks, Peregrines and Sparrowhawks, and especially White-tailed Sea Eagles. With his high motivation and enthusiasm he supervises Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students in performing research on urbanisation of raptors, in human-wildlife conflicts and conservation medicine. From his work on lead poisoning in raptors, Oliver understands the importance of informing stakeholders and policy-makers about the latest scientific research and would welcome the opportunity to help the Raptor Research Foundation in this challenging endeavour.
Motivation to become a board member of the Raptor Research Foundation: As a board member I would like to support the RRF in growing internationally, promote the study of pollutants and pathogens in raptors as early sentinels in a fast changing world at the beginning of the Anthropocene and discuss the usefulness of modern technology such as drones and smart telemetry devices in better understanding life histories of birds of prey. Of course I would like to assist the board in their national and international meetings and conferences and actively in achieving the goals of the RRF.