Executive Director and Tenure-Track Professor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Cornell University has announced the appointment of Dr. Ian Owens as the next Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Dr. Owens is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History having previously held positions as the Director at the Natural History Museum in London and as a professor at Imperial College London. Retiring Director, Dr. John Fitzpatrick, stated, "“It means a lot to me personally that I can hand off the baton to Ian and have 100% confidence. He’s a genuine bird person and has done very significant research both in evolutionary ecology and in global-scale conservation. We’re getting a real star here.” Dr. Owens will take the helm of the 106-year-old institution on July , 2021. He will also hold an appointment as professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Read more here.