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Sievert Rohwer

photo of Professor Sievert RohwerSievert Rohwer is Professor Emeritus, University of Washington; and Curator Emeritus of The Burke Museum on the UW campus in Seattle.

From 1972-2007 his academic and research career soared as Curator of Birds and Professor in the UW Biology Department. 

Under my curatorship the Ornithology collections at the Burke Museum became internationally distinguished, with the largest collection of extended wings in the world and the second largest collection of avian tissues in the world.

In truly understanding birds one becomes an ornithologist, but also a behaviorist, physiologist, epidemiologist, ecologist, and a bird's best friend. As rumor has it, the birds keep an eye on him here on Whidbey Island.

I study evolutionary ecology and behavior, mostly of birds, with interests in avian coloration, adoption of unrelated offspring by replacement mates, avian hybrid zones, brood parasitism, phylogeography, and life history implications of feather renewal.

Professor Rohwer's research and scholarly work earned him the Cooper Society Katma Award in 2011, for “formulation of new ideas that could change the course of thinking about avian biology.” In 2006, he was awarded the AOU Elliott Coues award which recognizes “extraordinary contributions to ornithological research.”

Sievert Rohwer completed his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1971.

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