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Johnsgard, Paul A.



  • Usage: 1931-06-28    


Born on June 28, 1931, Paul A. Johnsgard attended North Dakota State University and received his B. S. in Zoology in 1953. He graduated from Washington State University in 1955 with a M. S. in Wildlife Management. Johnsgard continued his education at Cornell University, graduating with a Ph. D. in Vertebrate Zoology in 1959. He went on to do postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol in England from 1959-1961. In 1961 the University of Nebraska - Lincoln hired Johnsgard as an instructor in the School of Biological Sciences. Johnsgard became an assistant professor in 1962, an associate professor in 1965, and a professor in 1968. In 1980 Johnsgard became a Foundation Professor.

Johnsgard's research interests include comparative biology, regional ornithogeography, regional natural history, and Nebraska ornithology. He published numerous books including comparative biologies of several major bird groups of the world. He also wrote for the popular and children's market.

Johnsgard held memberships in several professional organizations including the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. He received the Wildlife Society's highest honor for publications as well as the Mari Sandoz Award for his writing. Johnsgard is an internationally recognized scientist and is widely recognized as the leading authority on waterfowl.

He passed away on 28 May 2021.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Handbook of Waterfowl Behavior

 Digital Record
Identifier: 12-31-09

Paul A. Johnsgard, Ornithology Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-12-31-09
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the personal papers of Paul A. Johnsgard including biographical materials such as curriculum vitae, manuscripts, articles and reprints, and various news releases and clippings.

Dates: 1956-1996

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Collection 1
Birds -- Great Plains 1
Birds -- Nebraska 1
Birds -- North America 1
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