Our annual Ornithology Lecture in December always brings exciting tales of research and adventure, and this past lecture was no exception! Professor Jan-Ake Nilsson, of the University of Lund, has a passion for birds, which has led him to do some fascinating research to understand the life strategies of small passerines.
Naturally Speaking‘s Steve Larcombe and Karen Hotopp (@KarenHotopp) sat down with Jan-Ake to talk about his many research interests, some of his favorite birds, and the body strain of attempting to mimic a rock.
Episode 48: Sweden’s Avian Renaissance Man—Conversations with Professor Jan-Ake Nilsson
The marsh tit: Jan-Ake’s favorite character. Tony Sutton [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr.
Zebra finches are a common for aviary-based research. Kilayla Pilon [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr.
The colourful red-cheeked cordon-bleu is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Corn Farmer [CC BY-ND 2.0], via Flickr.
The pine processionary moth studied by Jan-Ake. Ben Sale [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr.