Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Carla Dove

Program Manager, Feather Identification Lab
Department / Division
Education
  • Ph.D., George Mason University (1998)
  • MSc., George Mason University (1994)
  • BS., University of Montana (1986)
  • A.A.S, Lord Fairfax Community College (1983)
Research Interests

Specialized research in the microscopic identification of feathers. Current research involves establishing techniques in this newly developing field within Ornithology, which applies forensic methodologies to determine species of birds from fragmentary evidence using microscopy, whole feather comparisons with museum specimens and DNA 'barcoding'. The most important application of this research is to the field of aviation safety and determining identifications of birds that are ingested into aircraft engines (birdstrikes).

Publications
Article
  • Dove, Carla J., Milensky, C., Llactahuaman, S., and Thrasher, B. H. 2017. "Two Harpy Eagles Harpia harpyja at high elevation in Peru." Cotinga 40:98–100.
  • Dove, Carla J., Saucier, Jacob R., Whatton, James F., Schmidt, B., and Roble, H. R. 2017. "First record of River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis and additional records for Plain Nightjar Caprimulgus inornatus and Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius in Djibouti." Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 137 (1):67–70.
  • Boback, Scott, Snow, Ray, Hsu, Teresa, Peurach, Suzanne C., Dove, Carla, and Reed, Robert N. 2016. "Supersize me: remains of three white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in an invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) in Florida." BioInvasions Records: International Journal of Field Research on Biological Invasions 5 (4):197–203. https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2016.5.4.02
  • Chang, Brian, Croson, Matthew, Straker, Lorian, Gart, Sean, Dove, Carla, Gerwin, John, and Jung, Sunghwan. 2016. "How seabirds plunge-dive without injuries." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113 (43):12006–12011. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1608628113
  • Dove, Carla J. and Wickler, Stephen. 2016. "Identification of Bird Species Used to Make a Viking Age Feather Pillow." Arctic 69 (1):29–36. https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic4546
  • Heller, Erin L., Kerr, Kevin C. R., Dahlan, Nor F., Dove, Carla J., and Walters, Eric L. 2016. "Overcoming challenges to morphological and molecular identification of Empidonax flycatchers: a case study with a Dusky Flycatcher." Journal of Field Ornithology 87 (1):96–103. https://doi.org/10.1111/jofo.12132
  • Mazzotti, Frank J., Rochford, Mike, Vinci, Joy, Jeffery, Brian M., Eckles, Jennifer Ketterlin, Dove, Carla, and Sommers, Kristen P. 2016. "Implications of the 2013 Python Challenge® for Ecology and Management of Python molorus bivittatus (Burmese Python) in Florida." Southeastern Naturalist (15): 63–74. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.sp807
  • Sonsthagen, Sarah A., Wilson, Robert E., Chesser, R. Terry, Pons, Jean-Marc, Crochet, Pierre-Andre, Driskell, Amy C., and Dove, Carla J. 2016. "Recurrent hybridization and recent origin obscure phylogenetic relationships within the 'white-headed' gull (Larus sp.) complex." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 103:41–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2016.06.008
  • Dove, Carla J. and Coddington, Charles P. J. 2015. "Forensic Techniques Identify the First Record of Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) Feeding on a Razorbill (Alca torda)." Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127 (3):503–506. https://doi.org/10.1676/14-176.1
  • Hubbard, John P. and Dove, Carla J. 2014. "A proposed emendation of the Gray Flycatcher's type locality and formal designation of its lectotype." Occasional Papers of the Museum of Southwestern Biology 11:1–7.
  • Pons, J. M., Sonsthagen, S., Dove, Carla J., and Crochet, P. A. 2014. "Extensive mitochondrial introgression in North American Great Black-backed Gulls (Larus marinus) from the American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) with little nuclear DNA impact." Heredity 112 (3):226–239. https://doi.org/10.1038/hdy.2013.98
  • Thomas, Daniel B., Nascimbene, Paul C., Dove, Carla J., Grimaldi, David A., and James, Helen F. 2014. "Seeking carotenoid pigments in amber-preserved fossil feathers." Scientific Reports 4:https://doi.org/10.1038/srep05226
  • Dove, Carla J., Dahlan, Nor F., and Drovetski, Sergei V. 2013. "MtDNA ND2 sequence identifies Streaked Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata) from birdstrike to US Air Force F-15 at Portland International Airport, Oregon." Conservation Genetics Resources 5 (2):https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-013-9952-2
  • Kerr, Kevin C. R. and Dove, Carla J. 2013. "Delimiting shades of gray: phylogeography of the Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis." Ecology and Evolution 3 (7):1915–1930. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.597
  • Whatton, James F., Dove, Carla J., and Greenwood, Robert. 2013. "Birdstrike in Georgia documents mixed-species flock of nocturnal migrating vertebrates." The Oriole 78 (1-4):1–5.
  • Dove, Carla J., Reed, Robert N., and Snow, Ray W. 2012. "Consumption of Bird Eggs by Invasive Burmese Pythons in Florida." Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History 19 (1):64–66.
  • Dove, Carla J. and Straker, Lorian C. 2012. "Comment on "A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber"." Science 335 (6070):796. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1216208
  • Sonsthagen, Sarah, Chesser, R. Terry, Bell, Douglas, and Dove, Carla J. 2012. "Hybridization among Arctic white-headed gulls (Larus spp.) obscures the genetic legacy of the Pleistocene." Ecology and Evolution 2 (6):1278–1295. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.240
  • Dove, Carla J. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. "Fossil Feathers from the Hawaiian Flightless Ibis (Apteribis sp.): Plumage Coloration and Systematics of a Prehistorically Extinct Bird." Journal of Paleontology 85 (5):892–897. https://doi.org/10.1666/10-133.1
  • Dove, Carla J., Snow, R., Rochford, M., and Mazzotti, F. 2011. "Birds consumed by the invasive Burmese Python Python molurus bivittatus in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA." Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123 (1):126–131. https://doi.org/10.1676/10-092.1
  • Dove, Carla J. 2010. "Microscopy of Feathers: A Practical Guide for Forensic Feather Identification." Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners 1 (1):15–17.
  • Dove, Carla J., Dahlan, Nor Faridah, Heacker, Marcy A., and Whatton, James F. 2010. "Using Whatman FTA cards to collect DNA for bird-strike identifications." Human-Wildlife Interactions 5 (2):218–223.
  • Dove, Carla J. and Milensky, Christopher M. 2010. "Black Vulture Nest in Pendleton County, West Virginia." The Redstart 77 (4):136–139.
  • Dove, Carla J., Dahlan, Nor Faridah, and Heacker, Marcy. 2009. "Forensic bird-strike identification techniques used in an accident investigation at Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma, 2008." Human-Wildlife Conflicts 3 (2):179–185.
  • Maderson, Paul F. A., Hillenius, Willem J., Hiller, Uwe, and Dove, Carla J. 2009. "Towards a comprehensive model of feather regeneration." Journal of Morphology 270 (10):1166–1208. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.10747
  • Marra, Peter P., Dove, Carla J., and Dolbeer, Richard. 2009. "Birdstrikes: a reply to Swift et al.." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7 (8):407–408. https://doi.org/10.1890/09.WB.026
  • Marra, Peter P., Dove, Carla J., Dolbeer, Richard, Dahlan, N. F., Heacker, M., Whatton, James F., Diggs, N. E., France, Christine A. M., and Henkes, G. A. 2009. "Migratory Canada geese cause crash of US Airways Flight 1549." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7 (6):297–301. https://doi.org/10.1890/090066
  • Peurach, Suzanne, Dove, Carla J., and Stepko, Laura. 2009. "A decade of U.S. Air Force bat strikes." Human-Wildlife Conflicts 3 (2):199–207.
  • Dove, Carla J., Clapp, Roger B., and Willis, C. 2008. "First Specimen record of Great White Heron In Virginia." Banisteria 30:35–36.
  • Dove, Carla J. and Goodroe, Court. 2008. "Marbled Godwit collides with aircraft at 3,700 m." Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120 (4):914–915. https://doi.org/10.1676/07-189.1
  • Dove, Carla J., Rotzel, Nancy C., Heacker, Marcy, and Weigt, Lee A. 2008. "Using DNA Barcodes to Identify Birds Involved in Birdstrikes." Journal of Wildlife Management 72 (5):1231–1236. https://doi.org/10.2193/2007-272
  • Dove, Carla J. 2007. "Birdstrike." International Civil Aviation Organizations (5): 18–21.
  • Dove, Carla J. and Agreda, A. 2007. "Differences in plumulaceous feather characters of dabbling and diving ducks." The Condor 109 (1):192–199. https://doi.org/10.1650/0010-5422(2007)109[192:DIPFCO]2.0.CO
  • Dove, Carla J., Arijke, A. M., Wang, X., and Andrews, L. S. 2007. "Infrared analysis of contour feathers. The conservation of body heat radiation in birds." Journal of thermal biology 32 (1):42–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2006.07.005
  • Ishtiaq, F., Gering, E., Rappole, John H., Rahmani, A. R., Jhala, Yadvendradev, Dove, Carla J., Milensky, Christopher M., Olson, Storrs L., Peirce, M. A., and Fleischer, Robert C. 2007. "Prevalence and diversity of avian haematozoan parasites in Asia: A regional survey." Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43 (3):382–398.
  • Kerr, Kevin C., Stoeckle, M. Y., Dove, Carla J., Weigt, Lee A., Francis, C. M., and Hebert, D. N. 2007. "Comprehensive DNA barcode coverage of North American birds." Molecular Ecology Notes 7 (4):535–543. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01670.x
  • Maderson, P. F. A., Hillenius, W. J., Hiller, U., and Dove, Carla J. 2007. "The developmental significance of a neglected feather component." Journal of Morphology 268 (12):1101–1101.
  • Fleischer, Robert C., Kirchman, J. J., Dumbacher, John P., Bevier, L., Dove, Carla J., Rotzel, Nancy C., Edwards, S. V., Lammertink, M., Miglia, K., and Moore, W. S. 2006. "Mid-Pleistocene divergence of Cuban and North American ivory-billed woodpeckers." Biology Letters 2 (3):466–469. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2006.0490
  • Dove, Carla J., Hare, P. Gregory, and Heacker, Marcy. 2005. "Identification of Ancient Feather Fragments Found in Melting Alpine Ice Patches in Southern Yukon." Arctic 58 (1):38–43.
  • Woodman, Neal, Dove, Carla J., and Peurach, Suzanne C. 2005. "A curious pellet from a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)." Northeastern Naturalist 12 (2):127–132.
  • Dove, Carla J., Heacker, Marcy, and Adair, B. 2004. "In Memoriam: Roxie Collie Laybourne, 1910-2003." The Auk 121 (4):1282–1285.
  • Dove, Carla J. and Heacker, Marcy. 2002. "Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) in North America?." Journal of Field Ornithology 73 (1):60–61.
  • Rogers, J. Daniel, Dove, Carla J., Heacker, Marcy, and Graves, Gary R. 2002. "Identification of Feathers in Textiles from the Craig Mound at Spiro, Oklahoma." Southeastern Archaeology 21:245–251.
  • Dove, Carla J. 2000. "Feather Evidence Helps Clarify Locality of Anthropological Artifacts in the Museum of Mankind." Pacific Studies 21 (3):73–85.
  • Dove, Carla J. 1999. "Where Do All Those Feathers Go?." Flying Safety 55 (4):16–18.
  • Dove, Carla J. and Banks, Richard C. 1999. "A taxonomic study of crested carbcaras (Falconidae)." Wilson Bulletin 111 (3):330–339.
  • Dove, Carla J. 1997. "Quantification of microscopic feather characters used in the identification of North American plovers." The Condor 99 (1):47–57.
  • Dove, Carla J. 1995. "Evaluation of an Integrated Pest Management Program, Division of Birds, U.S. National Museum of Natural History." Collection Forum 11 (1):28–38.
  • Banks, Richard C. and Dove, Carla J. 1992. "The Generic Name for Crested Caracaras (Aves, Falconidae)." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 105 (3):420–425.

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