avianecologymainphotoPhoto by: Jim Rodgers

Avian Ecology

The Avian Ecology Program conducts basic and applied research on Florida's birds with an emphasis on the biology of the Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). We study birds across natural and human-altered landscapes in central Florida. Through our work, we train young scientists, support land managers and conservation decision makers, and inspire people to conserve birds.

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Scientific Illustration Internship

The Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station is seeking an art student interested in illustrating the story of Florida Scrub-Jay (FLSJ) conservation. This involves, but isn't limited to, depictions of research and management methods, unique animal behaviors, the history of FLSJs in FL, and other species in the Florida scrub habitat. The application is due March 1, 2024.

Primary Research Areas

Avian population ecology, Evolution of cooperative breeding, Behavioral ecology, Landscape genomics, Endangered species management and conservation

Primary Location(s)

Archbold Biological Station, Avon Park Air Force Range, Buck Island Ranch, Lake Wales Ridge, Florida Wildlife Corridor

People working in this program

Pair of Florida Scrub-Jays (c) James RodgersPhoto by: Jim Rodgers
avianecology other photoPhoto by: Tori Bakley
Intern Rosa Vargas watches Florida Scrub-Jays (c) Tori BakleyPhoto by Tori Bakley
Interns getting ready to go out for fieldwork (c) Alfredo GonzalezPhoto by Alfredo Gonzalez
Research Assistant Meredith Heather demonstrating bird banding basics to interns (c) Tori BakleyPhoto by Tori Bakley

Funders, Partners, Collaborators, Networks

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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The Avian Ecology Program supports early-career scientists at different stages including post-baccalareate research interns and research assistants. Research assistants and interns gain skills in field ecology, experimental design, and data management. All scientists are encouraged to disseminate research via presentations, social media, newsletters, and scientific publications.