Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

Jamie Cornelius

Jamie Margaret Cornelius
Associate Professor of Integrative Biology at OSU
and a National Geographic Explorer. 

 Dr. Cornelius is an ecophysiologist interested in the mechanisms wild animals use to cope with unpredictable and extreme environmental events.

Dr. Cornelius presented her findings on how birds respond to food shortages they experience themselves or observe in others.   She described the drivers and mechanisms of migration and how food availability and temperature effect migratory behavior.  Studying red crossbills, she described how these and other  cone seed dependent birds are impacted by warming temperatures and changes in weather patterns.  She also showed why birds are normally better able to survive in snowy weather rather than cold rain, as long as food is plentiful.

This program took place in the  Ford Room of the Roseburg Public Library, with 35 people attending.  UVAS thanks RPL and the Roseburg ESD for making the Ford Room available to the public.