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Jack Kirkley completed his doctoral degree in Biology-Ecology at Utah State University in the summer of 1985 and joined the UM-Western faculty in the fall of that year. Jack teaches Ornithology, Mammalogy, Vertebrate Zoology, Evolution, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. He is an ornithologist who specializes in the study of birds of prey. Since 1993, he has conducted a long-term study of the ecology of Northern Goshawks in southwestern Montana.
In addition, he has pursued questions about the physiological ecology of long-distance migration in Swainson’s Hawks, which involved spending 3 Octobers in coastal Chiapas, Mexico.
Since 2011, Jack has conducted road survey transects in central Yellowstone Park to document the locations of raptor nesting territories in comparison to where he mapped those same raptor species in 1976-77. Jack has organized and led a variety of natural history/bird watching trips to international locations (e.g., Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Galapagos), and has served as a visiting professor in both Belize and Grenada.
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