David Curson, Adjunct Faculty
David Curson, Ph.D. is Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Maryland-DC, the Maryland state office of the National Audubon Society. Since 2004 he has overseen the Maryland-DC Important Bird Areas Program and implemented conservation projects for birds and their habitats in Maryland and DC. In recent years he has focused on tidal marsh conservation and climate adaptation. He leads the Salt Marsh Working Group of Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway initiative, and he served on the Adaptation and Response Working Group of the Maryland Climate Change Commission, helping the State of Maryland to identify scientific options for adapting to climate change.
Curson’s career includes wildlife ecology research and conservation practice in the United States and his native England. He received his BSc in Ecology at the University of East Anglia and received MS and PhD degrees in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His graduate research focused on the ecology and behavior of Brown-headed Cowbirds and their hosts in northern New Mexico.