Tom Schulenberg

Research Associate


Taxonomy • Neotropical Birds

I have two projects at the Cornell Lab. One of my roles is as a science editor for the Birds of the World website. This is an online, scholarly encyclopedia where biologists and birders can explore comprehensive life history information on all species of birds, worldwide.

I am also the avian taxonomist for the Cornell Lab. My role is to make sure that all programs at the Lab—such as Birds of the World, Macaulay Library, eBird, Merlin, All About Birds and others—use the same English and scientific names for all bird species in the world, and that these names are up to date with the latest scientific discoveries. I also am involved in efforts to standardize bird taxonomy across all major global checklists. The Lab’s taxonomy typically is updated once a year with the annual release, usually in August, of the eBird/Clements Checklist.

Recent Publications

Schulenberg, T. S. (2022). [in press] Splits, lumps and shuffles. Neotropical Birding 30.
Reddy, S., and T. S. Schulenberg (2022). [In press] The avian radiations of Madagascar. In The new natural history of Madagascar  (S. M. Goodman, editor). Princeton University Press,  Princeton, New Jersey.
Reddy, S., T. S. Schulenberg, and N. L. Block (2022). [In press] Ecology of tetrakas. In The new natural history of Madagascar  (S. M. Goodman, editor). Princeton University Press,  Princeton, New Jersey.
Schulenberg, T. S. (2022). [In press] Vangidae, vangas. In The new natural history of Madagascar  (S. M. Goodman, editor). Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.
Croat, T. B., A. M. Grace, P. J. Barbour, T. S. Schulenberg, and G. L. Graham (2021). The process of discovery in and new species from northern Peru, Cerro Colán, Department Amazonas, Province Bagua. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 15:393–523.
Schulenberg, T. S. (2021). Prólogo [Preface]. In Chaparro-Herrera, S., P. L. Enríquez, and A. Lopera-Salazar, Búhos de Colombia: guía ilustrada. Grupo de Especialiastas en Búhos Neotropicales. Bogotá, Colombia.
Schulenberg, T. S. (2021). Splits, lumps and shuffles. Neotropical Birding 29:60–71.
Lees, A. C., K. V. Rosenberg, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, S. Marsden, T. S. Schulenberg, and A. D. Rodewald (2020). A roadmap to identifying and filling shortfalls in Neotropical ornithology. The Auk 137:ukaa048.
McClure, C. J. W., D. Lepage, L. Dunn, D. L. Anderson, S. E. Schulwitz, L. Camacho, B. W. Robinson, L. Christidis, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, P. C. Rasmussen, and J. Johnson (2020). Towards reconciliation of the four world bird lists: Hotspots of disagreement in taxonomy of raptors. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287:20200683.
Krabbe, N. K., T. S. Schulenberg, P. A. Hosner, K. V. Rosenberg, T. J. Davis, G. H. Rosenberg, D. F. Lane, M. J. Andersen, M. B. Robbins, C. D. Cadena, T. Valqui, et al. (2020). Untangling cryptic diversity in the High Andes: Revision of the Scytalopus [magellanicus] complex (Rhinocryptidae) in Peru reveals three new species. The Auk 137:ukaa003.
Schulenberg, T. S. (2020). Splits, lumps, and shuffles. Neotropical Birding 27:60–66.
Schulenberg, T. S. (2020). Celebrating Scytalopus. Neotropical Birding 27:31–38.
Cadena, C. D., A. M. Cuervo, L. N. Céspedes, G. A. Bravo, N. Krabbe, T. S. Schulenberg, G. E. Derryberry, L. F. Silveira, E. P. Derryberry, R. T. Brumfield, and J. Fjeldså (2020). Systematics, biogeography, and diversification of Scytalopus tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae), an enigmatic radiation of Neotropical montane birds. The Auk 137:ukz077.
Tom Schulenberg
Center Biodiversity Studies & Higher Education
Projects Neotropical Birds

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