Fuller Professor of Ornitholoigy; Director, Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program;
Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Irby joined Cornell University in 2001 with a joint faculty appointment at the Lab of Ornithology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He presently holds an endowed chair as the Fuller Professor of Ornithology and serves as the Director of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program and as the Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab.
From 2000-2001, Irby was a postdoctoral associate with Tom Smith at the Center for Tropical Research in San Francisco. In 1999-2000, he was a Lecturer in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Irby received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where he was co-advised by Bob Ricklefs (now at the University of Missouri), Biff Bermingham (then at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama), and John Smith of UPenn. He received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1992, where his honors thesis mentor was Dick Holmes. He grew up in northern California.
Irby’s personal research program centers on three broad topics: the generation and use of phylogenetic information for comparative studies of ecological and behavioral trait evolution and diversification patterns; the use of genomic information for the study of individual dispersal, population-level gene flow, hybridization, and speciation; and the generation of genetic information relevant to conservation and management issues.