We study emerging topics in bird biology. Our research focuses on coastal bird populations, movements, habitats, behaviors, and physiology. We value inclusion, teaching, and service.

The team

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Dr. Ray Danner and graduate and undergraduate students work syngergistically to pose and answer important questions about bird biology. We are located at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Meet the team!

Current projects

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Habitat needs of coastal birds now and in the future

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Bird movements in natural and anthropogenic landscapes

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Assessment of conservation buffers for Least Terns

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P. Plishka

Bird performance at high temperatures

Recent scientific papers and products

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Motus tower Motus map

Real time bird migration maps

In collaboration with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, Audubon NC, and Bald Head Island Conservancy, we monitor movements of birds along our coast using Motus towers. See the birds passing each tower:

Lea Island Masonboro Island Bald Head Island

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J. Zuluaga

Citizen science coming soon: Observe thermoregulatory behaviors

Get training and then collect and submit data to help us learn about bird thermoregulation!

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Classroom activites

Ask about our classroom activites or invite us to present to your group!

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Join the lab

Prospective students (graduate, honors, DIS, Work Study) should email Dr. Danner a cover letter, resume, and contact info for three references. Open positions will be announced when available.

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If you would like to support our students, research, and outreach financially, please donate to the Ornithology Fund online. If you'd like to discuss specific donations, please contact Dr. Danner (910-962-7895, dannerR@uncw.edu). This money goes directly to student activities. Even a little money can go a long way!


Ray Danner, PhD
Department of Biology and Marine Biology
UNC Wilmington
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28409, US
+1 (910) 962-7895