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Janis Dickinson

Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

Janis Dickinson is the Arthur A. Allen Director of Citizen Science at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell.  Janis earned a B.S. in Biology from Binghamton University (1981) and a Ph.D. in Entomology/Animal Behavior at Cornell University (1981), studying the evolutionary ecology of insect mating systems.  She made the taxonomic shift from butterflies and beetles to birds in 1988, embarking on a long-term study of the behavior and ecology of western bluebirds at UC Berkeley's Hastings Natural History

Reservation in upper Carmel Valley, California. During her eighteen years with Berkeley she used the western bluebird project as a model system for understanding the evolution of mating, parental, and dispersal behavior, sex ratio evolution, cooperative breeding, life history trait variation, and interactions within the bluebird-mistletoe-oak community.  She has an ongoing relationship with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley as a research associate and is a member of the graduate fields of Natural Resources and Neurobiology & Behavior at Cornell. Janis served for five years as a panelist for the National Science Foundation and has been active in the Animal Behavior Society (Membership chair) and the International Society for Behavioral Ecology (elected councilor).  She was elected a Fellow of the American Ornithologist's Union in 2003 and returned to Cornell to join the staff of CLO in September 2005.


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