Emily Cohen is a research ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center, which strives to understand and protect the grand phenomenon of bird migration. The period of a migratory bird’s annual cycle thought to be the most perilous — its twice-annual journey over oceans and inhospitable landscapes — is also the least understood. Cohen is advancing understanding of bird migration, identifying key habitats for migrants and how migration is changing.
Cohen's projects include:
- Mapping the distribution of migratory birds around the Gulf of Mexico during spring and fall using weather radar data
- Spring migration banding at Clive Runnels Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve
- Large-scale band re-encounter analyses of migratory connectivity patterns for the birds of North America
- Developing a statistical package for R, MigConnectivity, to estimate the strength of migratory connectivity — a quantitative resource available to researchers.
Cohen, E.B., J.A. Hostetler, M.T. Hallworth, C.S. Rushing, T.S. Sillett, P.P. Marra. 2017. Quantifying the strength of migratory connectivity. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 00:1-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12916
E. B. Cohen, W. C. Barrow, Jr., J. J. Buler, J. L. Deppe, A. Farnsworth, P. P. Marra, S. R. McWilliams, D. W. Mehlman, R. R. Wilson, M. S. Woodrey, and F. R. Moore. In press. Understanding how en route events around the Gulf of Mexico impact intercontinental migratory landbird populations. The Condor: Ornithological Applications.
Cohen, E.B., Z. Németh, T. J. Zenzal Jr., K. Paxton, R. Diehl, E.H. Paxton, and F.R. Moore. 2015. Spring resource phenology and timing of songbird migration across the Gulf of Mexico. Pp. 63-82 in E. M. Wood and J. L. Kellermann (editors). Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 47), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Cohen, E.B., S. Pearson, and F. R. Moore. 2014. Effects of landscape composition and configuration on migrating songbirds: inference from an individual-based model. Ecological Applications 24:169-180.