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Todd M. Jones, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Migratory Bird Center

Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC


Research Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


PhD 2021 Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MS 2016 Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS 2009 Zoology, The Ohio State University


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      I'm an ornithologist and evolutionary ecologist interested in associations among traits, performance, and fitness across songbird species. I also have broader interests in avian conservation, natural history, and evolution of avian life histories. I completed my undergraduate degree along with a honors research thesis at The Ohio State University (Go bucks!) under the mentorship of Dr. Amanda Rodewald in 2009. From 2010 to 2014 I was a "bio-bum", serving as a research technician on 16 projects studying various aspects of avian ecology and behavior in a number of different countries (Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Peru, and The Bahamas) and areas of the United States. In 2016 I completed my Master's degree, and in 2021 completed my PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Ward. From 2021 to 2022 I worked as a postdoctoral associate at Texas A&M University San Antonio, collaborating with Dr. Jennifer PhillipsI'm currently working as postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, collaborating with Drs. Scott Sillett, Sara Kaiser, and Michael Webster on research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest; I'm also an affiliate at the Illinois Natural History Survey.  

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