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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

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    R. Terry Chesser
    Research Zoologist, USGS

  • Phone: (202) 633-4886
  • Fax: (202) 357-1932
  • E-mail: chessert[at]si.edu

  • Mailing Address:
    USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
    c/o Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 111
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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

Ph.D., Louisiana State University. (1995)
B.A., Georgia State University. (1982)

Research Interests

My research focuses on avian systematics, evolution, and biogeography. Current interests include: (1) systematics and evolution of the Furnariidae (ovenbirds) and other suboscine birds; (2) South American biogeography, especially of the Andean and Amazonian regions; (3) biogeography and ecology of South American austral migrants; (4) coevolution of phabine pigeons (Phabini) and their feather lice; (5) systematics and biogeography of the Turnicidae (buttonquail); (6) phylogeography and movement patterns of Australian waterbirds; and (7) systematics and biogeography of a variety of other Australian and Australasian bird and mammal groups.

Recent Publications

Rick, Torben C., Sillett, T. S., Ghalambor, Cameron K., Hofman, Courtney A., Ralls, Katherine, Anderson, R. S., Boser, Christina L., Braje, Todd J., Cayan, Daniel R., Chesser, R. T., Collins, Paul W., Erlandson, Jon M., Faulkner, Kate R., Fleischer, Robert, Funk, W. C., Galipeau, Russell, Huston, Ann, King, Julie, Laughrin, Lyndal, Maldonado, Jesus, McEachern, Kathryn, Muhs, Daniel R., Newsome, Seth D., Reeder-Myers, Leslie, Still, Christopher, et al 2014. Ecological Change on California's Channel Islands from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene. Bioscience, 64(8): 680-692. doi:10.1093/biosci/biu094

Chesser, R. T. 2013. On the correct name of Icterus bullockii (Passeriformes: Icteridae. Zootaxa, 3718(3) doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3718.3.6

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

Chesser, Robert T., Banks, Richard C., Barker, F. Keith, Cicero, Carla, Dunn, Jon L., Kratter, Andrew W., Lovette, Irby J., Rasmussen, Pamela C., Remsen, J. V., Jr., Rising, James D., Stotz, Douglas E., Winker, Kevin and Winker, Kevin 2012. Fifty-Third Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-List of North American Birds. Auk, 129(3): 573-588. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.129.3.573

Cadena, Carlos D., Gutiérrez-Pinto, Natalia, Dávila, Nicolás and Chesser, Robert Terry 2011. No population genetic structure in a widespread aquatic songbird from the Neotropics. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 58(3): 540-545. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.12.014

Hailer, Frank, Schreiber, Elizabeth Anne, Miller, Joshua M., Levin, Iris I., Parker, Patricia G., Chesser, Robert Terry and Fleischer, Robert C. 2011. Long-term isolation of a highly mobile seabird on the Galapagos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1707): 817-825. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1342

Derryberry, Elizabeth P., Claramunt, Santiago, Derryberry, Graham, Chesser, Robert Terry, Cracraft, Joel, Aleixo, Alexandre, Pérez-Emán, Jorge, Remsen, Jr, J.V. and Brumfield, Robb T. 2011. Lineage Diversification And Morphological Evolution In A Large-Scale Continental Radiation: The Neotropical Ovenbirds And Woodcreepers (Aves: Furnariidae). Evolution, 65(10): 2973-2986. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01374.x

Aplin, Ken P., Suzuki, Hitoshi, Chinen, Alejandro A., Chesser, Robert Terry, ten Have, José, Donnellan, Stephen C., Austin, Jeremy, Frost, Angela, Gonzalez, Jean Paul, Herbreteau, Vincent, Catzeflis, Francois, Soubrier, Julien, Fang, Yin-Ping, Robins, Judith, Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth, Bastos, Amanda D. S., Maryanto, Ibnu, Sinaga, Martua H., Denys, Christiane, Van, Den Bussche, Conroy, Chris, Rowe, Kevin and Cooper, Alan 2011. Multiple Geographic Origins of Commensalism and Complex Dispersal History of Black Rats. PLoS ONE, 6(11): e26357-20. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026357

Derryberry, Elizabeth, Claramunt, Santiago, O'Quin, Kelly E., Aleixo, Alexandre, Chesser, Robert Terry, Remsen, J. V., Jr. and Brumfield, Robb T. 2010. Pseudasthenes, a new genus of ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae). Zootaxa, 2416: 61-68.

Chesser, Robert T., Yeung, Carol K. L., Yao, Cheng-Te, Tian, Xiu-Hua and Li, Shou-Hsien 2010. Molecular phylogeny of the spoonbills (Aves: Threskiornithidae) based on mitochondrial DNA. Zootaxa, 2603: 53-60.

Yeung, Carol K. L., Tsai, Pi-Wen, Chesser, Robert Terry, Lin, Rong-Chien, Yao, Cheng-Te, Tian, Xiu-Hua and Li, Shou-Hsien 2010. Testing Founder Effect Speciation: Divergence Population Genetics of the Spoonbills Platalea regia and P. minor (Threskiornithidae, Aves). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 28(1): 473-482. doi:10.1093/molbev/msq210


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