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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

Labrador Duck
Labrador Duck
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    Storrs L. Olson
    Curator Emeritus

  • Phone: (202) 633-0795
  • Fax: (202) 633-8084
  • E-mail: olsons[at]si.edu

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    PO Box 37012, MRC 116
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116
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Education

Sc.D. Johns Hopkins University (1972)
M. S. Florida State University (1968)
B.A. Florida State University (1966)

Research Interests

Current research interests: fossil avifaunas and paleoenvironments of Hawaii, Bermuda, and the West Indies. Biogeography of the avifauna of the archipelago and lowlands of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Phylogeny and systematics of Hawaiian and various other birds, mainly Neotropical.

Recent Publications

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. The early scientific history of Galapagos iguanas. Archives of Natural History, 41(1): 141-153. doi:10.3366/anh.2014.0217

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. A hard nut to crack: rapid evolution in the Kona Grosbeak of Hawaii for a locally abundant food source (Drepanidini: Chloridops kona). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 126(1): 1-8. doi:10.1676/13-046.1

Welch, Andreanna J., Olson, Storrs L. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships of the extinct St Helena petrel, Pterodroma rupinarum Olson, 1975 (Procellariiformes: Procellariidae), based on ancient DNA. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 170(3): 494-505. doi:10.1111/zoj.12078

Olson, Storrs L. 2014. Review of: The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. The Auk, 131(1): 114-115. doi:10.1642/AUK-13-239.1

Olson, Storrs L. and David, Normand 2014. The gender of the tortoise genus Chelonoidis Fitzinger, 1835 (Testudines: Testudinidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(4): 393-394. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.4.393

Olson, Storrs L. and Levy, Catherine 2013. Eleazar Albin in Don Saltero's coffee-house in 1736: how the Jamaican mango hummingbird got its name, Trochilus mango. Archives of Natural History, 40(2): 340-344. doi:10.3366/anh.2013.0180

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. Fossil woodpeckers from Bermuda with the description of a new species of Colaptes (Aves: Picidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(1): 17-24. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.1.17

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. A nomenclatural history of Audubon's Shearwater with designation of a neotype for Puffinus lherminieri Lesson, 1839 (Aves: Procellariidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(3): 199-203. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.3.199

Olson, Storrs L. and Hearty, Paul J. 2013. Periodicity of extinction and recolonization of the West Indian topshell Cittarium pica in the Quaternary of Bermuda (Gastropoda: Trochoidea). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 110(1): 235-243. doi:10.1111/bij.12119

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. A Late Pliocene occurrence of the Thick-billed Murre (Alcidae: Uria lomvia) on St. George Island, Pribilofs, Alaska. Paleontological Journal, 47(11): 1365-1368. doi:10.1134/S0031030113110129

Rando, Juan C., Alcover, Josep Antoni, Olson, Storrs L. and Pieper, Harald 2013. A new species of extinct scops owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae: Otus ) from São Miguel Island (Azores Archipelago, North Atlantic Ocean). Zootaxa, 3647(2): 343-357. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3647.2.6

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. Hawaii's first fossil bird: history, geological age, and taxonomic status of the extinct goose Geochen rhuax Wetmore (Aves: Anatidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(2): 161-168. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.2.161

Olson, Storrs L. and Hearty, Paul J. 2013. Fossilized egg indicates probable breeding of Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) on Bermuda in the Middle Pleistocene. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 126(2): 169-177. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-126.2.169

Olson, Storrs L. 2013. The bird war. Hana Hou! : The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, 16(4): 98-107.

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. In Memoriam: Evgeny N. Kurochkin, 1940-2011. The Auk, 129(4): 790-791. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.129.4.790

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. In Memoriam: Evgeny N. Kurochkin, 1940-2011. The Auk, 129(4): 790-791. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.129.4.790

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. Notes on the Appendicular Myology of the Scarlet Finch Haematospiza sipahi (Fringillidae: Carduelinae). Ornithological Science, 11(1): 57-58. doi:10.2326/osj.11.57

Rando, Juan C., Pieper, Harald, Alcover, Josep Antoni and Olson, Storrs L. 2012. A new species of extinct fossil scops owl (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae: Otus) from the Archipelago of Madeira (North Atlantic Ocean). Zootaxa, 3182: 29-42.

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. A new species of small owl of the genus Aegolius (Aves: Strigidae) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(2): 97-105. doi:10.2988/11-36.1

Olson, Storrs L. 2012. History, Structure, Evolution, Behvior, Distribution, and Ecology of the Extinct Hawaiian Genus Ciridops (Fringillidae, Carduelini, Drepanidini). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 124(4): 651-674. doi:10.1676/1559-4491-124.4.651

Olson, Storrs L. and Wingate, David B. 2012. A new species of towhee (Aves: Emberizidae: Pipilo) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(1): 85-96. doi:10.2988/11-21.1

Hearty, Paul J. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. Preservation of trace fossils and molds of terrestrial biota by intense storms in mid–last interglacial (MIS 5c) dunes on Bermuda, with a model for development of hydrological conduits. Palaios, 26(7): 394-405. doi:10.2110/palo.2010.p10-132r

Olson, Storrs L. 2011. A new genus and species of unusual tern (Aves: Laridae: Anoinae) from the Middle Miocene Calvert Formation of Virginia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 124(4): 270-279. doi:10.2988/11-16.1

Dove, Carla J. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. Fossil Feathers from the Hawaiian Flightless Ibis (Apteribis sp.): Plumage Coloration and Systematics of a Prehistorically Extinct Bird. Journal of Paleontology, 85(5): 892-897. doi:10.1666/10-133.1

Longrich, Nicholas R. and Olson, Storrs L. 2011. The bizarre wing of the Jamaican flightless ibis Xenicibis xympithecus: a unique vertebrate adaptation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1716): 2333-2337. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2117

Olson, Storrs L. and Rauzon, Mark J. 2011. The Extinct Wake Island Rail Gallirallus wakensis: A Comprehensive Species Account Based on Museum Specimens and Archival Records. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 123(4): 663-689. doi:10.1676/11-029.1

Olson, Storrs L. 2011. The fossil record and history of doves on Bermuda (Aves: Columbidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 124(1): 1-6. doi:10.2988/10-21.1

Hearty, Paul J. and Olson, Storrs L. 2010. Geochronology, biostratigraphy, and changing shell morphology in the land snail subgenus Poecilozonites during the Quaternary of Bermuda. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 293(1-2): 9-29. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.04.026

Olson, Storrs L. and Nieves-Rivera, Ángel M. 2010. Fossil evidence and probable extinction of the greater fishing bat Noctilio leporinus (Chiroptera: Noctilionidae) on Isla de Mona, Puerto Rico. Mastozoología Neotropical, 17(1): 167-170.

Ericson, Per G. P., Olson, Storrs L., Irestedt, Martin, Alvarenga, Herculano and Fjeldså, Jon 2010. Circumscription of a monophyletic family for the tapaculos (Aves: Rhinocryptidae): Psiloramphus in and Melanopareia out. Journal of Ornithology, 151: 337-345.

Olson, Storrs L. 2010. Stasis and turnover in small shearwaters on Bermuda over the last 400,000 years (Aves: Procellariidae: Puffinus lherminieri group). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 99: 699-707.

Boyer, Alison G., James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L. and Grant-Mackie, Jack A. 2010. Long-term ecological change in a conservation hotspot: the fossil avifauna of Mé Auré Cave, New Caledonia. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19(11): 3207-3224. doi:10.1007/s10531-010-9887-9

Olson, Storrs L. 2010. Review of: The Curse of the Labrador Duck. My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction. By Glen Chilton. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 122(1): 196-197.

Olson, Storrs L. and Hearty, Paul J. 2010. Predation as the primary selective force in recurrent evolution of gigantism in Poecilozonites land snails in Quaternary Bermuda. Biology Letters, 6(6): 807-810. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0423

Olson, Storrs L., Loftin, Horace and Goodwin, Steve 2010. Biological, Geographical, and Cultural Origins of the Loon Hunting Tradition in Carteret County, North Carolina. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 122(4): 716-724. doi:10.1676/10-048.1


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