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.

Publications
Article
  • Chesser, R. Terry, Billerman, Shawn M., Burns, Kevin J., Cicero, Carla, Dunn, Jon L., Kratter, Andrew W., Lovette, Irby J., Mason, Nicholas A., Rasmussen, Pamela C., Remsen, J. V., Jr., Stotz, Douglas F., and Winker, Kevin. 2020. "Sixty-first Supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Check-list of North American Birds." Auk 137 (3):ukaa030–ukaa030. https://doi.org/10.1093/auk/ukaa030
  • Chesser, R. Terry, Harvey, Michael G., Brumfield, Robb T., and Derryberry, Elizabeth P. 2020. "A revised classification of the Xolmiini (Aves: Tyrannidae: Fluvicolinae), including a new genus for Muscisaxicola fluviatilis." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 133 (1):35–48. https://doi.org/10.2988/20-00002
  • Chesser, R. Terry, Isler, Morton L., Cuervo, Andres M., Cadena, C. Daniel, Galen, Spencer C., Bergner, Laura M., Fleischer, Robert C., Bravo, Gustavo A., Lane, Daniel F., and Hosner, Peter A. 2020. "Conservative plumage masks extraordinary phylogenetic diversity in the Grallaria rufula (Rufous Antpitta) complex of the humid Andes." Auk 137 (3):ukaa009–ukaa009. https://doi.org/10.1093/auk/ukaa009
  • Isler, Morton L., Chesser, R. Terry, Robbins, Mark B., Cuervo, Andrés M., Cadena, Carlos Daniel, and Hosner, Peter A. 2020. "Taxonomic evaluation of the Grallaria rufula (Rufous Antpitta) complex (Aves: Passeriformes: Grallariidae) distinguishes sixteen species." Zootaxa 4817 (1):1–74. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4817.1.1
  • Chesser, R. Terry, Burns, Kevin J., Cicero, Carla, Dunn, Jon L., Kratter, Andrew W., Lovette, Irby J., Rasmussen, Pamela C., Remsen, J. V., Jr., Stotz, Douglas F., and Winker, Kevin. 2019. "Sixtieth Supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Check-list of North American Birds." Auk 136 (3):UNSP ukz042–UNSP ukz042. https://doi.org/10.1093/auk/ukz042
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.3390/d11070109
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1813206116
  • 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. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis 30:256–263. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701394.2018.1484116
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2018.07.006
  • Drovetski, 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):https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-21892-y

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Book
  • 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.