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Robert E Gill, Jr.

The movement ecology of migratory animals, especially extreme endurance migrant birds, fascinates me.  Alaska migratory shorebirds have links to all hemispheres, requiring international collaborations to implement effective conservations efforts. 

Through an emeritus position at the Alaska Science Center my research is focused on: 1) collaborations with an international suite of colleagues to assess the movement ecology of extreme endurance migrant shorebirds and identify the global-scale conservation issues facing their populations, and 2) releasing data to the public domain and publishing results associated with information collected during my five-decade-long tenure as a research biologist. 

Professional Experience

  • 2015 - present Scientist Emeritus   USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1996 - 2015    Research Wildlife Biologist    USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1993 - 1996    Wildlife Biologist     NBS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1987 - 1993    Wildlife Biologist     USFWS, Alaska Fish and Wildlife Research Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1984 - 1987    Wildlife Biologist     Denver Wildlife Research Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1981 - 1983    Wildlife Biologist     Seattle National Fisheries Research Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1976 - 1980    Wildlife Biologist     US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK

  • 1973 - 1976    Wildlife Biologist     California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA

Education and Certifications

  • Ph. D.   2010 - present  Groningen University, The Netherlands

  • M.S.     1972      San Jose State University, San Jose, CA    Biology

  • B.A.     1970      San Jose State College, San Jose, CA        Wildlife Management

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Alaska Shorebird Group (Founding member)

  • American Ornithologists' Union (Life member, Elective Member 1983, Fellow 2011)

  • Arctic Institute of North America (Life member)

  • Australasian Wader Studies Group (North American Representative, 2001-2010)

  • Canada Shorebird Plan (Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1998-2001)

  • Cooper Ornithological Society (Life member)

  • East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Working Group (U.S. representative, 2002-2007)

  • Global Flyway Network (Member, Scientific Advisory Board (2001-present)

  • International Wader Study Group (Life member; Executive Committee, 1999-2008; Editorial Advisory Board, 2012-present)

  • New Zealand Wader Study Group

  • Pacific Shorebird Migration Project (Co-PI, 2006-present)

  • Russian Working Group on Waders

  • Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group (Founding Member; Advisory Board, 2008-present)

  • Western Field Ornithologists (Board of Directors, 1999-2015; Assoc. Editor, 2005-present)

  • Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, 2004-2012)

  • U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (Chair, Research and Monitoring Group, 1998-2001)

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Five invited keynote, 14 invited, and >60 contributed presentations before various scientific bodies.

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government