Jean Woods, Ph.D.

Curator of Birds
302-658-9111, ext. 314

Dr. Woods received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where she studied song dialects in the Bobolink. She then did a post-doc on the development of song in the brood-parasitic indigobirds of Africa with Dr. Robert B. Payne. She became Curator of Birds at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in 2001.

Some of her projects:

  • Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas II – This ambitious five-year project aims to document the distribution of all breeding birds in the state. Results will be compared to the first atlas, completed from 1983 – 1987, to better understand the status of birds in Delaware and which species need conservation. Field work for this project is now complete and work is proceeding on analyzing and writing up the results.
  • Dr. Woods also conducts research on bird songs and how differences in song among populations and species arise. She has researched song dialects in bobolink populations in Michigan and the development of song in the brood-parasitic indigo birds of Africa. Her work has included looking into the songs of two races of the Yellow-throated Warbler. In addition to collection some basic information about song in this species, she is interested in how the songs the the two local races of this species (sycamore nesting and pine nesting) differ.