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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Nellie Tsipoura

Senior Research Scientist, Director of Citizen Science, New Jersey Audubon Society and the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Nellie Tsipoura

Nellie Tsipoura is the Director of citizen science for New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS), and is coordinating a number of studies that employ volunteers throughout NJ to monitor bird populations. In addition, she directs NJAS urban ornithology research. Current projects include a study on foraging habitat use and behavior of egrets and herons in wetlands of the NY/NJ Harbor and a migrant shorebird survey along coastal New Jersey. In research she tries to bridge measures of bird ecology and behavior with measures of habitat loss, pollution, and other human disturbances and their potential effects.

She earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University for work on ecophysiological and hormonal aspects of wintering and migration in shorebirds. She has over 25 years of experience on bird ecology, behavior, and population biology on a variety of bird species. Most of her work experiences even before joining NJAS in 2004 involved ornithological research for non-profit organizations including National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Wildlife Conservation Society. She has published on shorebird ecology, heavy metal contaminants in birds and horseshoe crabs, and on the effects of oiling on birds. She is also the co-author of the Harbor Heron Conservation Plan, published in 2010.