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    Marcy Heacker
    Research Assistant

  • Phone: (202) 633-0791
  • Fax: (202) 633-8084
  • E-mail: heackerm[at]

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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)

United States Navy Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH)


M.S., George Mason University (2002), Biology
B.S., Biology. George Mason University (1999), Biology
A.S., Columbus State College (1985), Veterinary Technology

Research Interests

The main focus of Marcy's work is in avian species identification from microscopic and whole-feather characters. This specialized work in wildlife forensics is particularly important for aviation industry personnel that deal with civil and military birdstrikes. This feather identification service has led to collaborations with scientists in the fields of Aviation Safety, Wildlife Biology, Anthropology, and Law Enforcement. Marcy's current research is on the feather microstructure of the Ducks, Geese, and Swans.

Recent Publications

Mociño-Deloya, Estrella, Setser, Kirk, Heacker, Marcy and Peurach, Suzanne 2015. Diet of New Mexico Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi obscurus) in the Sierra San Luis and Sierra Pan Duro, México. Journal of Herpetology, 49(1): 104-107. doi:10.1670/13-082

Complete List of Heacker's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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