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Deciphering the Sparrow’s Song
Location: John S. Toll Science Center
CHESTERTOWN, MD—Avian researcher Bernard Lohr will share his findings on the singing and social habits of the grasshopper sparrow when he speaks Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Washington College. His talk, which will focus mostly on the field work he and colleagues have conducted on the bird population at nearby Chino Farm, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center.
Lohr, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has studied grasshopper sparrows in a restored grassland at Chino Farms for more than a decade as part of the Chester River Field Research Center.
Throughout his career, he has focused on the auditory mechanisms of songbirds, parrots, woodpeckers, owls, and hummingbirds, working to better understand how the birds’ auditory signals are produced and perceived in natural habitats. His research has been published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, The Condor, Animal Behavior, and other journals.
Lohr holds an A.B. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University.
The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society as part of its Fall 2013 lecture series “What can I do with my Environmental Studies degree?” and cosponsored by the Department of Biology and Sigma Xi.