Bird watching is a popular pastime around the world, but University of Mary Washington Professor of Biology Andrew Dolby takes the hobby to new heights.
Rarely seen without a pair of binoculars and a field guide, Dr. Dolby, an ornithologist and behavioral ecologist, is an expert on avian behavior. His research areas include mixed-species flocking behavior, the evolution of bird song complexity, and the avian physiological stress response to such environmental factors as food restriction, adverse weather, parasitism, and habitat loss.
A member of the American Ornithologists’ Union and past president of the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO), Dr. Dolby teaches animal behavior, ecology, evolution and ornithology at Mary Washington.
He won a 2010 VSO research grant in partnership with UMW Associate Professor of Biology Deborah O’Dell for their project, “Enzyme Immunoassay Quantification of Heat Shock Protein 60,” and its application to avian conservation biology.
Dr. Dolby’s published articles include closer looks at such species as the short-winged auk and the massive condor. He has presented for such groups as the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Cooper Ornithological Society.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Research Grant (professional)
Awarded by the Virginia Society of Ornithology for their joint project “Enzyme Immunoassay quantification of Heat Shock Protein 60” and its application to avian conservation biology.
The Ohio State University: Ph.D., Zoology 1998
Colorado State University: M.Sc., Zoology 1993
Appalachian State University: B.Sc., Biology 1990
- Virginia Society of Ornithology : President
- American Ornithologists' Union : Member
Event Appearances (1)
Winter Birding, Stratford Hall, Va.
Mixed-species flocks of birds form during winter in the eastern deciduous forests of
North America. These flocks consist of two flock-leading nuclear species, tufted titmouse
(Baeolophus bicolor) and Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis), and several follower, ...
We examined how wind and temperature below the thermoneutral zone may reduce the
suitability of small, isolated woodlots for permanent resident woodland birds. Carolina
Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) and Tufted Titmice (Baeolophus bicolor) exhibited ...
To understand animals' tactics for surviving the winter season, we need to know how they
manage their energy reserves. Fat reserves in small birds in winter generally increase with
starvation risk. Studies have documented higher fat reserves in response to various ...
Mixed-species foraging flocks occur in a variety of habitats (Winterbottom 1949, Moynihan
1962, Mc-Clure 1967, Morse 1970, Greig-Smith 1978, Powell 1985, Eguchi et al. 1993), and
participants in such flocks are thought to acquire foraging and predator avoidance ...
Hypotheses proposed to explain the formation of mixed-species foraging groups have
focused on both foraging and antipredation benefits. Mixed-species flocks of bark-foraging
birds form during the winter in the eastern deciduous forests of North America. These ...