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Division of Birds

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    Carla J. Dove
    Program Manager

  • Phone: (202) 633-0787
  • Fax: (202)633-8084
  • E-mail: dovec[at]si.edu

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    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    PO Box 37012, MRC 116
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Related Links - More information on Bird Strikes

Bird Strike Committee USA

FAA Airport Wildlife Hazard Mitigation

United States Air Force Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) - military only access

United States Navy Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) - military only access

Bird Strike Identification Media Links

Education

Ph.D., George Mason University (1998)
MSc., George Mason University (1994)
BS., University of Montana (1986)
A.A.S, Lord Fairfax Community College (1983)

Research Interests

Conducts specialized research in the microscopic identification of feathers. Current research involves establishing techniques in this newly developing field within Ornithology, which applies forensic methodologies to determine species of birds from fragmentary evidence using microscopy, whole feather comparisons with museum specimens and DNA 'barcoding'. The most important application of this research is to the field of aviation safety and determining identifications of birds that are ingested into aircraft engines (birdstrikes). See FAA website. Data are used by civil and military aviation to design safer engines and windscreens, to create an Air Force data base that is used to predict bird movements and provide bird hazard warnings to pilots, and to improve habitat management schemes at airfields to discourage bird use. She is a member of Smithsonian Ornithology and collaborates with scientists in the fields of Anthropology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Air Force (BASH), U.S. Navy, U.S. Customs, USDA Wildlife Services, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and aircraft engine manufacturers.

Recent Publications

Thomas, Daniel B., Nascimbene, Paul C., Dove, Carla J., Grimaldi, David A. and James, Helen F. 2014. Seeking carotenoid pigments in amber-preserved fossil feathers. Scientific Reports, 4 doi:10.1038/srep05226

Pons, J. M., Sonsthagen, S., Dove, Carla J. and Crochet, P. A. 2014. Extensive mitochondrial introgression in North American Great Black-backed Gulls (Larus marinus) from the American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) with little nuclear DNA impact. Heredity, 112(3): 226-239. doi:10.1038/hdy.2013.98

Hubbard, John P. and Dove, Carla J. 2014. A proposed emendation of the Gray Flycatcher's type locality and formal designation of its lectotype. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Southwestern Biology, 11: 1-7.

Dove, Carla J., Dahlan, Nor F. and Drovetski, Sergei V. 2013. MtDNA ND2 sequence identifies Streaked Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata) from birdstrike to US Air Force F-15 at Portland International Airport, Oregon. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5(2) doi:10.1007/s12686-013-9952-2

Kerr, Kevin C. R. and Dove, Carla J. 2013. Delimiting shades of gray: phylogeography of the Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis. Ecology and Evolution, 3(7): 1915-1930. doi:10.1002/ece3.597

Dove, Carla J. and Straker, Lorian C. 2012. Comment on "A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber". Science, 335(6070): 796 doi:10.1126/science.1216208

Sonsthagen, Sarah, Chesser, Robert Terry, Bell, Douglas and Dove, Carla J. 2012. Hybridization among Arctic white-headed gulls (Larus spp.) obscures the genetic legacy of the Pleistocene. Ecology and Evolution, 2(6): 1278-1295. doi:10.1002/ece3.240

Dove, Carla J., Reed, Robert N. and Snow, Ray W. 2012. Consumption of Bird Eggs by Invasive Burmese Pythons in Florida. Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History, 19(1): 64-66.

Dove, Carla J., Snow, R., Rochford, M. and Mazzotti, F. 2011. Birds consumed by the invasive Burmese Python Python molurus bivittatus in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 123(1): 126-131. doi:10.1676/10-092.1

Dove, Carla J. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. Fossil Feathers from the Hawaiian Flightless Ibis (Apteribis sp.): Plumage Coloration and Systematics of a Prehistorically Extinct Bird. Journal of Paleontology, 85(5): 892-897. doi:10.1666/10-133.1

Dove, Carla J. 2010. Microscopy of Feathers: A Practical Guide for Forensic Feather Identification. Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, 1(1): 15-17.

Dove, Carla J., Dahlan, Nor Faridah, Heacker, Marcy A. and Whatton, James F. 2010. Using Whatman FTA cards to collect DNA for bird-strike identifications. Human-Wildlife Interactions, 5(2): 218-223.

Dove, Carla J. and Milensky, Christopher M. 2010. Black Vulture Nest in Pendleton County, West Virginia. The Redstart, 77(4): 136-139.


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