Dr. Jamie Rotenberg
Dr. Jamie Rotenberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Jamie began the PBOT study with a grass-roots effort during the spring and summer of 2005 and now has over 600 volunteers. His research interests include the breeding and population status of single-species, neotropical migratory birds of conservation concern, specifically, Painted Buntings (Passerina ciris) from coastal North Carolina south to Florida; and, tropical avian ecology, using birds as environmental indicators of habitat change and condition. Jamie currently leads the Painted Bunting Observation Team monitoring and research project and also leads the Integrated Community-Based Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation Program for the Maya Mountains Massif in Belize Central America. This project includes the monitoring of rare Harpy Eagles (Harpia harpyja) and the bird community as well as running an alternative livelihood strengthening program for avian technicians and K-12 outreach for buffer zone communities.
John is Curator of Birds at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and has been with the Museum since 1988. For the past 14 years, he has primarily studied birds in a variety of managed landscapes. He currently works on the breeding biology of southern Appalachian Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Swainson's Warblers (in bottomland hardwoods), Painted Buntings (in a semi-urban landscape), and population genetics of selected southern Appalachian species. He is the chairperson for the NC Scientific Council on Rare, Threatened and Endangered Birds, and has served on the Board for Wake Audubon since 2003. John also co-leads nature-watching trips, both locally and internationally.
Brian O’Shea – Program Coordinator
Brian is the Collections Manager for Ornithology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He started banding birds at the age of 9, and has led the Painted Bunting banding effort on Bald Head Island, NC since 2011. Brian has a wide range of field experience in both North and South America, and is broadly interested in the ecology and conservation of birds and their habitats. Before coming to the NC Museum, he worked with Conservation International in Suriname, and is currently an Associate with Global Wildlife Conservation.
Angie Edwards – Program Assistant
Angie is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She has been in this position for over a year. Before joining the department, she was the technology support analyst for the Watson School of Education, also at UNCW. Angie has a degree in web technologies and will be helping PBOT maintain the PBOT News Blog, review your Sightings Reports, maintain the program's Facebook and Flickr pages, and corresponding with our volunteers. If you have any questions, comments, or trouble with the website, feel free to contact her!
Frank Uche Okereke – Website Administrator
Frank is the Senior Web Application Developer for Siyon Tech Inc. in Rochester, NY.
Banders – Past and Present
Dr. Jamie Rotenberg