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Appreciations, Congratulations

Staff Migrations


Nils Warnock listening for a migrating shorebird's radio signal. PRBO photo.
Nils Warnock, PhD, PhD, a lead scientist at PRBO for the past decade, has taken a newly created position with the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) at the University of California, Davis. He will oversee wildlife collection in California in the event of an oil spill in the state, and he will also conduct research.

Nils will continue to work closely with PRBO as a Research Associate, initially to complete work with satellite telemetry to study long-distance migrating shorebirds (Observer 148, Spring 2007).

His association with PRBO dates back to 1984 when Nils became a banding intern at our Palomarin Field Station. He then began working with Gary Page on shorebirds at Bolinas Lagoon, later conducting his doctoral research on Dunlin. In 1998, Nils became a full-time staff biologist, and in 2000, co-director of the Wetlands Ecology Division.

Nils and his wife met at PRBO; as a biologist and educator, Sarah Warnock also was on our staff. This fall the Warnocks, including children Noah and Anna, are settling into a new home not far away, in Davis.

PRBO President and CEO Ellie Cohen reflects on Nils' contributions. Along with playing a leadership role in major PRBO efforts, such as the South Bay Salt Pond conversion project, she says, "Nils has provided outstanding representation for us on various national and international shorebird conservation committees. He was an active leader within our organization, as well, facilitating our Science Advisory Committee and contributing immeasurably to PRBO's management during a period of rapid growth and change."

Adds Ellie, "He is not only a great scientist but a great person, and I am so glad our partnership will continue with Nils in his new position."

PRBO extends warm thanks and sincere wishes for the best of luck to Nils and the Warnock family.

Jaime Jahncke, PhD, has been named Director of PRBO's Marine Ecology Division, having served as Interim Director for several months. Congratulations!

Christine Abraham, a biologist in our Marine Ecology Division since 2000, has flown away to a new position with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. While at PRBO, Chris worked in our Farallon Island studies, participated in the California Least Tern Foraging Project, and co-managed the Oil Spill Training and Preparedness Program. She also authored or coauthored more than a dozen scientific publications. Perhaps her main contribution was to convert a wealth of information from the Marine Ecology Division into top condition: she completed the daunting task of organizing all the program's current and historic data, double-checking every number and code in the database. Her high spirits and humor complemented these Herculean efforts. Thanks, Christine!