February 04, 2021    
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Type

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Brief Description:

Historically treated as one species, a joint project between the Academy of Natural Sciences – Drexel and the Peregrine Fund has shown that Sharp-shinned Hawk actually contains multiple species, some of which are critically endangered.  Therese will discuss the status of Sharp-shinned Hawks across their range and will spotlight some of the conservation actions being taken to protect these hawks from further declines.

Brief Biography:

Therese A. Catanach (they/them) is a postdoctoral researcher in ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.  Therese received Ph.Ds from Texas A&M University (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences) and the University of Illinois (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology) where they studied avian feather lice and grassland insect biogeography, respectively.  At the Academy, Therese has focused primarily on identifying relationships between hawk species, but they have worked with a variety of taxa including tinamous, toucans, thrushes, various louse genera, Hepatitis B, and Herpes.  Therese enjoys field work, particularly in difficult-to-access locations (past trips include a bird salvaging trip to Ascension Island and insect collecting from a series of mountain tops in Mindanao, Philippines) or places with travel warnings.  Outside of work, Therese enjoys wandering the world, preparing study skins for museums, listening to Yankee games, working on their beer life list (currently at 1260 unique “species” of primarily stouts), reading sci fi/fantasy, playing World of Warcraft, and during the pandemic has been revisiting a love of carpentry–this time with a much better selection of power tools.

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