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.

  • Kimball, Rebecca T., Oliveros, Carl H., Wang, Ning, White, Noor D., Barker, F. Keith, Field, Daniel J., Ksepka, Daniel T., Chesser, R. Terry, Moyle, Robert G., Braun, Michael J., Brumfield, Robb T., Faircloth, Brant C., Smith, Brian Tilston, and Braun, Edward L. 2019. "A Phylogenomic Supertree of Birds." Diversity 11 (7):109.
  • Oliveros, Carl H., Field, Daniel J., Ksepka, Daniel T., Barker, F. K., Aleixo, Alexandre, Andersen, Michael J., Alström, Per, Benz, Brett W., Braun, Edward L., Braun, Michael J., Bravo, Gustavo A., Brumfield, Robb T., Chesser, R. Terry, Claramunt, Santiago, Cracraft, Joel, Cuervo, Andrés M., Derryberry, Elizabeth P., Glenn, Travis C., Harvey, Michael G., Hosner, Peter A., Joseph, Leo, Kimball, Rebecca T., Mack, Andrew L., Miskelly, Colin M., Peterson, A. T. et al. 2019. "Earth history and the passerine superradiation." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116 (16):7916–7925.
  • Torres, Lucas, Welch, Andreanna J., Zanchetta, Catherine, Chesser, R. Terry, Manno, Maxime, Donnadieu, Cécile, Bretagnolle, Vincent, and Pante, Eric. 2019. "Evidence for a duplicated mitochondrial region in Audubon’s shearwater based on MinION sequencing." Mitochondrial DNA Part A 30:256–263.
  • Chesser, R. Terry, Vaseghi, Haley, Hosner, Peter A., Bergner, Laura M., Cortes-Rodriguez, M. Nandadevi, Welch, Andreanna J., and Collins, Charles T. 2018. "Molecular systematics of swifts of the genus Chaetura (Ayes: Apodiformes: Apodidae)." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 128:162–171.
  • Drovetsk, Sergei V., O'Mahoney, Michael, Ransome, Emma J., Matterson, Kenan O., Lim, Haw Chuan, Chesser, R. Terry, and Graves, Gary R. 2018. "Spatial Organization of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota in Urban Canada Geese." Scientific Reports 8 (3713):
  • Drovetski, Sergei V., O'Mahoney, Michael, Ransome, Emma J., Matterson, Kenan O., Lim, Haw Chuan, Chesser, R. Terry, and Graves, Gary R. 2018. "Publisher Correction: Spatial Organization of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota in Urban Canada Geese (vol 8, 3713, 2018)." Scientific Reports 8 (6767):
  • Chesser, R. Terry, Burns, Kevin J., Cicero, Carla, Dunn, Jon L., Kratter, Andrew W., Lovette, Irby J., Rasmussen, Pamela C., Remsen, J. V., Rising, James D., Stotz, Douglas F., and Winker, Kevin. 2017. "Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Check-list of North American Birds." The Auk 134 (3):751–773.
  • Rader, Jonathan A., Newsome, Seth D., Sabat, Pablo, Chesser, R. Terry, Dillon, Michael E., and Martínez Del Rio, Carlos. 2017. "Isotopic niches support the resource breadth hypothesis." Journal of Animal Ecology 86 (2):405–413.
  • Sweet, Andrew D., Chesser, R. Terry, and Johnson, Kevin P. 2017. "Comparative cophylogenetics of Australian phabine pigeons and doves (Aves: Columbidae) and their feather lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera)." International journal for parasitology 47 (6):347–356.
  • Chesser, R. Terry. 2016. "A replacement name for Asthenes wyatti perijanus Phelps 1977." Zootaxa 4067 (5):599.

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  • 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.