Welcome - Koenig Lab
Walter D. Koenig, Visiting Scientist, Bird Population Studies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Graduate School Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Member of the graduate field in
Neurobiology and Behavior
My particular interests are in animal social behavior and in the behavioral ecology of oaks. If you're a potential Ph.D student, I am in the graduate field of Neurobiology and Behavior; however, be advised that I have retired from teaching and am no longer recruiting graduate students. See my "prospective graduate students" page for more details.
A brief presonal history
I came to Cornell in summer 2008 after many years as a Research Zoologist at UC Berkeley. For most of this time, I lived and worked at Hastings Natural History Reservation in upper Carmel Valley, California, where I still conduct long term research on the social behavior and ecology of acorn woodpeckers and patterns of acorn production in California oaks, and have returned as of late June 2016. In the past, I have also studied the population ecology of tiger salamanders and dragonflies and had students who have studied yellow-billed magpies, phainopeplas, wild turkeys, and African mongooses. At Cornell I taught Advanced Behavioral Ecology (BIONB4340) and in the introduction to Animal Behavior course (BIONB 2210), as well as a graduate seminar (Topics in Behavioral Ecology) in conjunction with Dr. Janis Dickinson.