2017 Speakers

Friday Evening Program


Jerry is Professor of Biology and Ecologist at the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth.  He received his Ph.D. at Florida State University and was partly supported by a Fulbright scholarship in Finland. His dissertation included a comparison of birds in Minnesota and Finnish peatlands (bogs). Since then he has visited Finland many times, co-authored several papers with Finnish colleagues, hosted Finnish scientists at the University, and currently is co-advising a Ph.D. student at the University of Jyväskylä. Jerry has more than 300 publications, including over 130 peer-reviewed papers. He has supervised more than 35 graduate students; primarily on studies of birds.

Saturday Afternoon Presentation by Cable Natural History Museum.

Saturday Evening Presentation

Gray Jay Admiral Road feeders Sax-Zim Bog MN IMG_3453Ryan Norris is an Associate Professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (www.norrislab.ca). He has studied the ecology and behavior of a number of species, including migratory warblers and sparrows, seabirds and monarch butterflies. He is particularly interested in how events throughout the annual cycle interact to shape fitness and population abundance. In collaboration with Dan Strickland, Ryan and his research lab began studying Gray Jays in Algonquin Park in 2009.