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Posted September 27 , 2010
The Do Lectures

Tim Birkhead: The early birdwatchers

Birds, a perennial human fascination, entertained medieval homes long before science took them for serious study. "Wisdom of Birds" author Tim Birkhead tours some intriguing birdwatcher lore (dug up in old field journals) -- and talks about the role it plays in ornithology today.

Naturalist and author Tim Birkhead studies the reproductive biology and behavior of birds.

Tim Birkhead is a professor of behavior and evolution at the University of Sheffield. His research on promiscuity and sperm competition in birds helped to re-shape current understanding of bird mating systems. His undergraduate teaching includes courses in animal behavior and the history and philosophy of science.

Since 1972 Birkhead has maintained a long-term study of guillemots on Skomer Island, Wales. Tim has been president of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology and currently serves on the management committee of the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Birkhead has written for New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, Natural History magazine and The Independent and has a regular column in the Times Higher Education. His most rece

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