2021 Birders Meeting — Speaker Bios

Heather Wolf, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Heather Wolf is a New York City-based birder and author of Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront. She works for Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a web developer for sites including eBird, BirdCast, and Birds of the World. Heather has taught birding classes at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Brainery, given lectures for various organizations including Spotify, NYC Audubon, and Brooklyn Public Library, and has led bird walks for Brooklyn Bridge Park, Washington Square Park Eco Projects, and more. She blogs her photos at brooklynbridgebirds.com.


Susannah Lerman, PhD, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Susannah Lerman is a Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. Susannah earned her B.A. in American History from the University of Delaware in 1994, a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Antioch University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts in 2011. Susannah translates the application of scientific information into management tools and integrates a citizen science approach with the ultimate goal of improving the sustainability of urban and urbanizing environments for birds, bees and other wildlife, and advancing human well-being through reconnecting people with nearby nature. Susannah’s research emphasis is on private lands, which provide opportunities for the public to participate in science, conservation, and shared stewardship.


Doug Tallamy, PhD, University of Delaware

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug's new book, Nature's Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.


Scott Edwards, PhD, Harvard University

Scott Edwards is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Scott is an evolutionary biologist interested in how birds have evolved over time, their family relationships, and patterns of genetic diversity. He got his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Florida studying interactions of birds and infectious diseases. Scott has served as President of several scientific societies, as well as on the Advisory Boards of the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Mass Audubon. From 2013-2015 Scott served as Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the US National Science Foundation, where he facilitated funding in areas such as undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral research experiences and support for biological collections, field stations and marine labs. A lifelong birder, he has a long-standing interest in increasing the diversity of students and faculty in environmental and biodiversity science.