Times are indicated in local times for Newark, Delaware (EDT, UTC-05:00). See the current time in Newark.

The conference takes place at the University of Delaware – FinTech Innovation Hub located at 591 Collaboration Way, Newark, Delaware, USA 19713 (view map). All sessions will occur in Conference Room 501.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following organizations:


Day 1: Thursday, August 8

7:00-8:15Early morning bird walk in White Clay Creek State Park
8:30-9:00Registration – Lobby of Room 501 FinTech Innovation Hub

Session 1: Radar Ornithology

9:15-10:00Sidney Gauthreaux – Historical perspectives and future challenges in radar ornithology Lifetime achievement keynote
10:00-10:15Presentation of “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Dr. Sidney Gauthreaux
10:15-10:45Coffee break

Session 2: Ornithology Aloft

10:45-11:00 Baptiste Schmid – Contributions of local and synoptic weather dynamics over preceding days for enhanced nocturnal bird migration forecasts
11:00-11:15Bart Kranstauber – The importance of upstream environmental cues for predicting bird migration
11:15-11:30Lili Jia – Radar tracking of birds movement pattern – A case study of coastal airport on birds migration flyway
11:30 – 11:45Carrie Ann Adams – Navigating transitions in the US Central Flyway: does bird migration track seasonal phenologies across latitudes and decades?
11:45 – 12:00Kyle Horton – Characterization of the North American aerial migratory niche

Lunch 12:00 – 13:45 (provided)

Session 3: Entomology

13:45-14:15 Elske Tielens – Using weather surveillance radar to map insect takeoff: a case study from the US Plains region Early career keynote
14:15-14:30Yuval Werber – Active navigation and meteorological selectivity drive patterns of mass intercontinental insect migration through the Levant
14:30-14:45Ryan Neely – National scale nocturnal arthropod declines unveiled by weather radars
14:45 – 15:00Will Hawkes – Linking the occurrence of migratory insects to the abundance of insectivorous birds (remote)
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break

Session 4: Roosting and Social Ecology

15:30-16:00 Yuting Deng – Mexican free-tailed bats nightly emergence, migration phenology, and population dynamics in south-central Texas Early career keynote
16:00-16:15Yohan Sassi – Vultures’ foraging network: a century-old hypothesis investigated with radar
16:15-16:30Maria Carolina T. D. Belotti – Phenology of swallow and martin roosting behavior in the Amazon Rainforest
16:30 – 16:45Greg Mitchell – Quantifying swallow roost sizes using thermal imagery
16:45 – 17:00Jeff Buler – Daily post-breeding flight activity over the open ocean by Purple Martins revealed through radar and telemetry

Poster session 18:00 – 20:00 (with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres)

1 Eli S Bridge – Simultaneous near-range detection of migrating birds with NEXRAD radar and moonwatching
2Claire Nemes – Incorporating radar aeroecology into U.S. State Wildlife Action Plans for migratory bird conservation
3Jennie Pearce – A semi-automated system to detect and track spruce budworm mass dispersal flights using weather radar
4Brian Tsuru – Seeking scale-dependent drivers of species-specific filtering from passage in migratory birds
5Yuval Werber – Environmental factors affecting radar detected departures and landings of migrating birds
6Yuval Werber – Lets be more specific: Integrating species level insight into large scale radar aeroecology research

Day 2: Friday, August 9

7:00-8:15Early morning bird walk at UD Farm (meet in front of the UD Creamery: map)
9:00-9:15Welcome & presentation of “Accelerator Award” to Dr. Adriaan Dokter

Session 5: Applied Aeroecology / Aeroconservation

9:15-9:45 Maja Bradarić – Radar-informed aeroconservation: practices, challenges and possibilities Early career keynote
9:45-10:00Shannon Curley – Differences in terrestrial versus offshore songbird migration: Implications for offshore wind energy development and operations
10:00-10:15 Bart Hoekstra – Radar-based mapping of migratory birds for nature-inclusive wind energy
10:15-10:45Coffee break

Session 6: Ornithology At The Ground

10:45-11:15 Fengyi Guo – Stopover ecology and conservation of migratory landbirds in the eastern United States Early career keynote
11:15-11:30T. J. Zenzal – Hurricane impacts to landbirds during autumn migration along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico
11:30 – 11:45Amanda Crandall – Factors influencing spatial patterns in migratory landbird stopover across Texas and Louisiana, USA
11:45 – 12:00Matt Hardy – Examining waterfowl distributions with NEXRAD for nationwide conservation and food security

Lunch 12:00 – 13:45 (provided)

Session 7: Methodological Advancements I

13:45-14:15 Birgen Haest – Quantification of migratory insect movements across the Strait of Gibraltar Mid career keynote
14:15-14:30Dominik Kleger – The next generation of aerial biodiversity monitoring
14:30-14:45Nadja Weisshaupt – Evaluating the potential of nocturnal flight calls in bird migration research by citizen science and weather radar observations (remote)
14:45 – 15:00Samuel Hodges – Niche model applications in radar aeroecology
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break

Session 4: Methodological Advancements II

15:30-15:45Cecilia Nilsson– The Aloft data repository for vertical bird profiles of European weather radar data
15:45-16:00Mikko Jimenez – Quantifying range- and topographical biases in weather surveillance radar measures of migratory bird activity
16:00-16:15Mubin Ul Haque – Improving ecology approaches for detecting flying animals from weather radar with machine learning
16:15 – 16:30Jens van Erp – A post-processing framework for bird radar systems
16:30 – 16:45Closing