Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Terry Chesser

Research Associate (USGS)

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1995

B.A., Georgia State University, 1982

Department / Division
Research Interests

My research focuses on avian systematics, evolution, and biogeography. Current interests include: (1) systematics and evolution of the Furnariidae (ovenbirds) and other suboscine birds; (2) South American biogeography, especially of the Andean and Amazonian regions; (3) biogeography and ecology of South American austral migrants; (4) coevolution of phabine pigeons (Phabini) and their feather lice; (5) systematics and biogeography of the Turnicidae (buttonquail); (6) phylogeography and movement patterns of Australian waterbirds; and (7) systematics and biogeography of a variety of other Australian and Australasian bird and mammal groups.

Journal Article
Book Review
  • Clayton, M., Wombey, J. C., Mason, I. J., Chesser, R. Terry, and Wells, A. 2006. CSIRO List of Australian Vertebrates: A reference with conservation status (second edition). 2nd ed. CSIRO Publishing.