Antonio Celis-Murillo, Ph.D.


I am Biologist at the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. I joined the BBL in January 2017. I will be helping 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 work with specific banding data sets to examine bird population patterns (including bird migration, movements, population dynamics and survival) of species of concern. I will also work closely with other banding centers to coordinate efforts in North America and the Western Hemisphere, and exchange information on banding worldwide.

My background is in various aspects of avian ecology and behavior with the overarching goal of improving conservation efforts. Most of my work has been the study of birds under natural conditions and using traditional and novel technologies for the study of behaviors and for surveying animals. ​​For instance, I studied extra-pair mating behaviors of Field Sparrows in Illinois using bird banding and marking methods to describe their routine behaviors, automated bioacoustics systems and automated classification algorithms to describe their singing behaviors, automated radio telemetry systems to track their local movements, and DNA paternity analyses to infer their success at acquiring extra-pair young. I also developed/evaluated various methods for surveying endemic birds using point counts and autonomous acoustic recording systems coupled with detection and classification applications (mostly in tropical areas). Lastly, I studied migration (stopover) biology using automated radio telemetry systems in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and Cuba and studied bird flight calls during active migration using miniaturized microphones mounted on birds.


  • Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2015
  • M.S. School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008
  • B.S. Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, México 2002

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