John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His graduate (Northern Arizona University) and initial post-doctoral (University of Vermont) research focused on the social behavior and ecology of jays and ravens. He continues this theme investigating the intriguing behavior of crows, ravens, and jays. With colleagues at the University of Washington’s Department of Radiology he is applying neuroimaging techniques to understand the neural circuits underlying various aspects of crow behavior including their ability to recognize dangers and opportunities. His research team also focuses on the effects of urbanization and agriculture on songbirds in the Seattle area, and the effects of recreation on high elevation birds in Denali National Park. He teaches Ornithology, Governance and Conservation of Rare Species, Field Research in Yellowstone, and Natural and Cultural History of Costa Rica.
Professor Marzluff has written five books and edited several others. His most recent book Welcome to Subirdia (2014 Yale) discovers that moderately settled lands host a splendid array of biological diversity and suggests ways in which people can steward these riches to benefit birds and themselves.