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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

Labrador Duck
Labrador Duck
Christina Gebhard © Smithsonian Institution
bar Image of Mercedes Foster, USGS Curator
    Mercedes S. Foster
    Reserach Associate (USGS - Emeritus Research Zoologist)

  • Phone: (202) 633-0788
  • Fax: (202) 357-1932
  • E-mail: fosterm[at]

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

  • Shipping Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116

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USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center


Ph.D. University of South Florida, Tampa (1974). Biology
M.A. University of California, Berkeley (1965). Zoology, minor Botany
B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1963). Zoology

Research Interests

Current research interests: (1) Social behavior and ecology of Neotropical birds, with emphasis on the evolution of lek behavior, and the ecology of avian frugivory, and seed dispersal; (2) Ecology of migrating and wintering nearctic birds; (3) Biodiversity studies, particularly the development of standard methods for measuring and monitoring biodiversity of different groups of organisms; (4) Conservation biology of birds.

Recent Publications

Complete List of Foster's Publications and Downloadable PDFs


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