Joe Wunderle

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  • Joseph (Joe) M. Wunderle, Jr., Emeritus Scientist, International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), USDA Forest Service, Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Wunderle has 40 years of experience teaching and conducting research throughout the Caribbean where he focuses on the ecology and conservation of migrant and resident birds. His dissertation (Ph.D., 1980, Univ. of Minnesota) fieldwork was conducted on the island of Grenada where he also taught field courses in the nearby Grenadines. Postdoctoral positions included a year at North Carolina State University and course coordinator/instructor with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. In 1982, he joined the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) where he taught zoology and conducted research for eight years before joining the IITF where he worked as a Research Wildlife Biologist on various Caribbean islands, Central America, and Brazil. After more than 30 years with IITF he recently retired and returned to teaching ornithology for a semester at the UPR where as an adjunct professor he continues to advise graduate students. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications. He recently published, as a co-author, a field guide to the natural history of The Bahamas, based on his 15 years of research in The Bahamas on the threatened migrant Kirtland's Warbler and associated species. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and a recipient of its Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award and a founding member and former president of BirdsCaribbean and a former president of the Neotropical Ornithological Society.