Podos awarded Fulbright to study birdsong in the Amazon

Jeff Podos

Jeff Podos, Biology, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant that will not only support his teaching next fall at Brazil’s National Institute for Amazon Research and the Federal University of Amazonas, but will also take him deep into the Amazon rain forest to study birds that communicate vocally in unusual ways.

Podos, an expert in bioacoustics, says the national institute and the university, the oldest in Brazil, both in the Amazon’s largest city Manaus, are global hubs for biologists studying biodiversity.

He will be collaborating with Mario Cohn-Haft, who grew up in Williamsburg, Mass., not far from UMass Amherst, and who is now curator of birds at the national institute and a world expert on Amazonian birds and their identification.

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