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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

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    Storrs L. Olson
    Curator Emeritus

  • Phone: (202) 633-0795
  • Fax: (202) 633-8084
  • E-mail: olsons[at]si.edu

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

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    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116
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Education

Sc.D. Johns Hopkins University (1972)
M. S. Florida State University (1968)
B.A. Florida State University (1966)

Research Interests

Current research interests: fossil avifaunas and paleoenvironments of Hawaii, Bermuda, and the West Indies. Biogeography of the avifauna of the archipelago and lowlands of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Phylogeny and systematics of Hawaiian and various other birds, mainly Neotropical.

Recent Publications

Hailer, Frank, James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2015. Distinct and extinct: Genetic differentiation of the Hawaiian eagle. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 83: 40-43. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.11.005

Olson, Storrs L. 2015. History, morphology, and fossil record of the extinct Puerto Rican Parakeet Psittacara maugei Souancé. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 127(1): 1-12. doi:10.1676/14-020.1

Olson, Storrs L. 2015. The Bird Skinner, by Alice Greenway. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 127(1): 157-158.

Olson, Storrs L. 2015. The myth of the Malaspina Expedition in the Galapagos Islands. Archives of Natural History, 42(1): 173-175. doi:10.3366/anh.2015.0290

Olson, Storrs L. 2015. Mass mortality of male Oceanic Puffer Lagocephalus lagocephalus (Tetraodontidae) at Trindade Island (Brazil), South Atlantic Ocean, with a review of mortalities in Hawaii and the Gulf of Guinea. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 127(4): 568-571. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-127.4.568

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. Review of: The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. The Auk, 131(1): 114-115. doi:10.1642/AUK-13-239.1

Olson, Storrs L. and David, Normand 2014. The gender of the tortoise genus Chelonoidis Fitzinger, 1835 (Testudines: Testudinidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(4): 393-394. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.4.393

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. Tracks of a Stilt-Like Bird from the Early Eocene Green River Formation of Utah: Possible Earliest Evidence of the Recurvirostridae (Charadriiformes). Waterbirds, 37(3): 340-345. doi:10.1675/063.037.0313

Welch, Andreanna J., Olson, Storrs L. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships of the extinct St Helena petrel, Pterodroma rupinarum Olson, 1975 (Procellariiformes: Procellariidae), based on ancient DNA. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 170(3): 494-505. doi:10.1111/zoj.12078

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. A hard nut to crack: rapid evolution in the Kona Grosbeak of Hawaii for a locally abundant food source (Drepanidini: Chloridops kona). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 126(1): 1-8. doi:10.1676/13-046.1

Suárez, William and Olson, Storrs L. 2014. A new fossil species of small crested caracara (Aves: Falconidae: Caracara) from the Pacific lowlands of western South America. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 127(2): 299-310. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-127.2.299

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. The early scientific history of Galapagos iguanas. Archives of Natural History, 41(1): 141-153. doi:10.3366/anh.2014.0217

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. Hawaii's first fossil bird: history, geological age, and taxonomic status of the extinct goose Geochen rhuax Wetmore (Aves: Anatidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(2): 161-168. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.2.161

Olson, Storrs L. and Hearty, Paul J. 2013. Fossilized egg indicates probable breeding of Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) on Bermuda in the Middle Pleistocene. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(2): 169-177. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.2.169

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. The bird war. Hana Hou! : The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, 16(4): 98-107.

Olson, Storrs L. and Hearty, Paul J. 2013. Periodicity of extinction and recolonization of the West Indian topshell Cittarium pica in the Quaternary of Bermuda (Gastropoda: Trochoidea). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 110(1): 235-243. doi:10.1111/bij.12119

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. A nomenclatural history of Audubon's Shearwater with designation of a neotype for Puffinus lherminieri Lesson, 1839 (Aves: Procellariidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(3): 199-203. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.3.199

Olson, Storrs L. and Levy, Catherine 2013. Eleazar Albin in Don Saltero's coffee-house in 1736: how the Jamaican mango hummingbird got its name, Trochilus mango. Archives of Natural History, 40(2): 340-344. doi:10.3366/anh.2013.0180

Rando, Juan C., Alcover, Josep Antoni, Olson, Storrs L. and Pieper, Harald 2013. A new species of extinct scops owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae: Otus ) from São Miguel Island (Azores Archipelago, North Atlantic Ocean). Zootaxa, 3647(2): 343-357. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3647.2.6

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. Fossil woodpeckers from Bermuda with the description of a new species of Colaptes (Aves: Picidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(1): 17-24. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.1.17

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. A Late Pliocene occurrence of the Thick-billed Murre (Alcidae: Uria lomvia) on St. George Island, Pribilofs, Alaska. Paleontological Journal, 47(11): 1365-1368. doi:10.1134/S0031030113110129

Olson, Storrs L. and Wingate, David B. 2012. A new species of towhee (Aves: Emberizidae: Pipilo) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(1): 85-96. doi:10.2988/11-21.1

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. A new species of small owl of the genus Aegolius (Aves: Strigidae) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(2): 97-105. doi:10.2988/11-36.1

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. In Memoriam: Evgeny N. Kurochkin, 1940-2011. The Auk, 129(4): 790-791. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.129.4.790

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. History, Structure, Evolution, Behvior, Distribution, and Ecology of the Extinct Hawaiian Genus Ciridops (Fringillidae, Carduelini, Drepanidini). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 124(4): 651-674. doi:10.1676/1559-4491-124.4.651

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. Notes on the Appendicular Myology of the Scarlet Finch Haematospiza sipahi (Fringillidae: Carduelinae). Ornithological Science, 11(1): 57-58. doi:10.2326/osj.11.57

Rando, Juan C., Pieper, Harald, Alcover, Josep Antoni and Olson, Storrs L. 2012. A new species of extinct fossil scops owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae: Otus) from the Archipelago of Madeira (North Atlantic Ocean). Zootaxa, 3182: 29-42.

Hearty, Paul J. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. Preservation of trace fossils and molds of terrestrial biota by intense storms in mid–last interglacial (MIS 5c) dunes on Bermuda, with a model for development of hydrological conduits. Palaios, 26(7): 394-405. doi:10.2110/palo.2010.p10-132r

Olson, Storrs L. and Rauzon, Mark J. 2011. The Extinct Wake Island Rail Gallirallus wakensis: A Comprehensive Species Account Based on Museum Specimens and Archival Records. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 123(4): 663-689. doi:10.1676/11-029.1

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

Olson, Storrs L. 2011. The fossil record and history of doves on Bermuda (Aves: Columbidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 124(1): 1-6. doi:10.2988/10-21.1

Longrich, Nicholas R. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. The bizarre wing of the Jamaican flightless ibis Xenicibis xympithecus: a unique vertebrate adaptation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1716): 2333-2337. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2117

Olson, Storrs L. 2011. A new genus and species of unusual tern (Aves: Laridae: Anoinae) from the Middle Miocene Calvert Formation of Virginia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 124(4): 270-279. doi:10.2988/11-16.1


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