Bob Zink

Bob Zink

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Title Conservation Biologist / Animal Ecologist
Address 507 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 612-590-4215
FAX 402-472-2946
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I am an avian evolutionary biologist. My interests include species concepts and speciation, phylogeography, molecular evolution, biogeography, the evolution of Darwin's finches, the evolution of migration, and conservation genetics.

Selected Publications

Barrowclough GF, Cracraft J, Klicka J, Zink RM (2016) How Many Kinds of Birds Are There and Why Does It Matter? PLoS ONE 11(11): e0166307. Online
Zink, R. M., & E. F. Stuber. 2016. No relationship between brain size and risk of being shot in hunted birds: a response to Moller and Erritzoe. Biology Letters, 13(5). Online
McKay, B. D. and R. M. Zink. 2015. Sisyphean evolution in Darwin's finches. Biological Reviews 90:689-698. Online
Hung, C.-M., Shaner, P. J. L., Zink, R. M., Liu, W. C., Chu, T. C., Huang, W. S., & Li, S. H. 2014. Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:10636-10641. Online
Zink, R. M. 2014. Homage to Hutchinson, and the role of ecology in lineage divergence and speciation. J. Biogeography 41:999-1006. Online
Zink, R.M., Groth, J. G., Vázquez-Miranda, H., & Barrowclough, G.F. 2014. Phylogeography of the California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) using multilocus DNA sequences and ecological niche modeling: implications for conservation. Auk 130:449-458. Online
Hung, C.-M., S. V. Drovetski, & R. M. Zink. 2013. Multilocus coalescence analyses support a mtdna-based phylogeographic history for a widespread Palearctic passerine bird, Sitta europaea. Evolution 66-9: 2850-2864. Online
Arnold, T. W. & R. M. Zink. 2011. Structural collision mortality does not affect long-term avian population trends. PlosOne PLoS ONE 6(9): e24708. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024708 Online
Zink, R. M. 2011. The evolution of avian migration. Biol. J. Linnaean Society. 104:237-250. Online
McKay, B. D. and R. M. Zink. 2010. The causes of mitochondrial DNA gene tree paraphyly in birds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 647-650. Online
Zink, R. M. & G. F. Barrowclough. 2008. Mitochondrial DNA under siege in avian phylogeography. Molecular Ecology 17:2107-2121. Online
Zink, R. M. 2004. The role of subspecies in obscuring biological diversity and misleading conservation policy. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 271:561-564. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Minnesota (1977)
  • PhD - University of California-Berkeley (1983)


  • 2015 – Katma Award awarded by Cooper Ornithological Society 
  • 2005 – Brewster Medal awarded by American Ornithologists' Union 

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Affiliations (index)

Areas of Interest

  • species concepts and speciation
  • phylogeography
  • molecular evolution
  • biogeography
  • the evolution of Darwin's finches
  • the evolution of migration
  • conservation genetics

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Nebraska Wildlife (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 4/25/2018
Principal Investigators
Bob Zink
Ending Date 5/31/2019
Funding Level $14,495.00
Funding Source Nebraska Games and Parks Commission

Grant Title Nebraska Wildlife
Starting Date 9/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Bob Zink
Ending Date 8/31/2018
Funding Level $234,846.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 210 Applied Ornithology X X None