Westminster College Professor to Present Research on Birds and Anthropogenic Development at Faculty Forum

Thursday, April 4, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kerri Duerr, Westminster College assistant professor of biology, will present research on how birds view habitats at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 10, at 11:40 a.m. in Mueller Theater of McKelvey Campus Center.

"Bird's-Eye View: How Do Birds View Landscapes and Can They Adapt to Development of Habitat by Humans?" examines how birds view habitats at multiple spatial scales, the cues they use to select breeding habitats, and the fitness consequences of their decisions. Duerr's talk will also explore how bird populations respond to anthropogenic development, including natural gas wells.

Duerr, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2010, earned an undergraduate degree from Hartwick College, master's degree from Villanova University, and Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. 

Contact Duerr at (724) 946-7210 or email for additional information.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or view http://www.westminster.edu/acad/faculty_dev/faires_faculty_forum.cfm.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Kerri Duerr, assistant professor of biology