Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Marcy Heacker

Research Assistant
Department / Division
  • M.S., George Mason University (2002), Biology
  • B.S., Biology. George Mason University (1999), Biology
  • A.S., Columbus State College (1985), Veterinary Technology
Research Interests

The main focus of Marcy's work is in avian species identification from microscopic and whole-feather characters. This specialized work in wildlife forensics is particularly important for aviation industry personnel that deal with civil and military birdstrikes. This feather identification service has led to collaborations with scientists in the fields of Aviation Safety, Wildlife Biology, Anthropology, and Law Enforcement. Marcy's current research is on the feather microstructure of the Ducks, Geese, and Swans.

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