Benjamin Van Doren

Research Interests

I study change and flexibility in bird migration. Specifically, I am interested in how birds adjust their migratory behavior in response to both short- and long-term environmental changes, and the relative contributions of individual plasticity and “hard-coded” evolutionary changes in these responses. I am also interested in how modifications in migratory behavior arise and propagate in a population and how migration can influence diversification. I enjoy using a range of tools and approaches—from light-level geolocators, to radar, to genomics—to better understand the determinants of migration.

In 2016, I graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Biological Sciences and Biometry & Statistics. My concentrations in these fields were Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Statistical Genomics.

Selected Publications

Van Doren BM,∗ Horton KG,∗ Dokter AM, Klinck H, Elbin SE, Farnsworth A. 2017. High-intensity urban light installation dramatically alters nocturnal bird migration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 201708574. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1708574114.

Van Doren BM, Liedvogel M, Helm B. 2017. Programmed and flexible: long-term Zugunruhe data highlight the many axes of variation in avian migratory behaviour. Journal of Avian Biology. 48:155-172. doi: 10.1111/jav.01348.

Van Doren BM, Campagna L, Helm B, Illera JC, Lovette IJ, Liedvogel M. 2017. Correlated patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation across an avian family. Molecular Ecology. 26:3982-3997. doi: 10.1111/mec.14083. 

Van Doren BM, Horton KG, Stepanian PM, Mizrahi DS, Farnsworth A. 2016. Wind drift explains the reoriented morning flights of songbirds. Behavioral Ecology. 27:1122-1131. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw021.


*Equal author contributions.