The Cornell Lab of Ornithology announced at present that it has chosen its subsequent govt director.
Ian Owens, a distinguished evolutionary biologist and museum director, will take the helm of the 106-year-old establishment in July 2021.
Owens will take over from John Fitzpatrick, the Lab’s govt director since 1995, who introduced his retirement final 12 months.
In Fitzpatrick’s 25-plus years, he guided the group from having a employees of some dozen to its present dimension of 250 employees and $35 million annual working price range. He’ll stay on employees for a time on the Lab and can proceed to be a professor at Cornell College.
Along with main the Lab, Owens may even maintain an appointment as professor within the Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell College’s Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).
Initially from Yorkshire, England, Owens has 25 years of expertise serving as a professor and departmental chair at Imperial Faculty London, and as a director at each the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Museum of Pure Historical past and the Pure Historical past Museum of London.
“As the subsequent director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ian Owens will embrace what the Lab stands for and transfer us ahead by way of the twenty first century, to proceed the unimaginable successes we have now made in science and outreach, and to tell conservation as no different group on this planet can,” stated Linda Macaulay, the chair of the Cornell Lab’s administrative board and co-chair of the search committee.
She pressured the mix of skills and expertise that made Owens the Lab’s best choice, citing his influential tutorial profession, deep data of administration and funds, considerate management type, and lifelong love of birds.
“To have the prospect to work on the Lab, it’s virtually irresistible,” Owens stated. “It is a group of good, extremely inventive individuals devoted to utilizing birds as a option to open up nature for a large neighborhood. It’s probably the most thrilling factor I might ever do with my life.”
Study extra about this information on the Cornell Lab’s website.