Antonio Celis-Murillo, Ph.D.


Antonio is a Biologist in the Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL), Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He works with the BBL team to strengthen the data management system for bird banding and band encounters data sets, provide technical assistant to bird banders, support research projects that use banding data, and coordinate efforts in North America and the Western Hemisphere. Antonio also works with specific banding data sets to examine bird population patterns, including bird migration, movements, population dynamics and survival of species of concern.

Antonio is also an affiliated researcher at the Illinois Natural History Survey (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and a National Geographic Society’s explorer studying various aspects of avian ecology and behavior with the overarching goal of improving conservation efforts.

​Antonio earned a B.S. in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, México (2002), a Masters from the School of Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois (2008), a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois (2015) and held a postdoctoral position at the Illinois Natural History Survey (2016).