Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

James Whatton

Research Assistant
Department / Division
  • B.S. Biology/Wildlife Biology, Ball State University, 2007
Research Interests

Responsibilities include the identification of feathers and feather fragments from bird/aircraft collisions (birdstrikes) that are submitted by the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Navy and others. My interests are broad and include natural history, migration, specimen preparation, and field work.

  • Dove, Carla J., Whatton, James F., Saucier, Jacob R., Schmidt, Brian K., Gotte, Steve W., Klope, Matthew W., and Rayaleh, Houssein A. 2020. "Avian surveys near Camp Lemonnier and Day Forest, Djibouti, Africa." Check List, 16, (4) 1067–1084.
  • 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.
  • Whatton, James F. and Eckerlin, Ralph P. 2016. "Snowy Owl Brings New Record of Chewing Louse to Virginia." Banisteria: a journal devoted to the natural history of Virginia, 46 29–30.
  • Reynolds, Robert P., Whatton, James F., and Gebhard, Christina A. 2014. "Gymnophthalmus speciosus (Golden Spectacled Tegu). Predation by Great Egret." Herpetological Review, 45, (1) 128.
  • Reynolds, Robert P., Whatton, James F., and Gebhard, Christina A. 2014. "Aspidoscelis deppii (Black-bellied Racerunner). Predation by Great Egrets." Herpetological Review, 45, (1) 124–125.
  • 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.
  • Thorington, Richard W., Jr., Koprowski, John L., Steele, Michael A., and Whatton, James F. 2012. Squirrels of the World. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 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.
  • Kawashima, Tomokazu, Thorington, Richard W., Jr., and Whatton, James F. 2009. "Comparative Anatomy and Evolution of the Cardiac Innervation in New World Monkeys (Platyrrhini, E. Geoffroy, 1812)." Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 292, (5) 670–691.
  • 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.

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