André Dhondt is a native of Belgium where he obtained
his Ph.D. in Biology at Ghent State University. He worked for the Food and
Agricultural Organization in Madagascar and Western Samoa for three years and
later returned to Belgium to join the faculty of Antwerp University. There he
developed an active research group in Population and Behavioral Ecology. Dhondt
was a visiting professor in Kisangani (Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the
Congo), Algiers (Algeria) and Paris (France) and later joined Cornell in 1994.
Currently he is the Edwin H. Morgens Professor of Ornithology in the Department
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Director of Bird Population Studies
at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. His main research interest is the
study of disease in House Finches, funded by substantial grants of the National
Science Foundation. In many of his research projects he involves members of the
public (“citizen scientists”).