Bob Zink

Bob Zink

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Interests
  • Grants
  • Advising
  • Courses Taught

Contact Information

TitleConservation Biologist | Animal Ecologist | SNR Faculty Mentor Coordinator
Faculty RankProfessor
Address507 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 612-590-4215
  • fax: 402-472-2946
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My Story

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 130:449-458Online
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.0024708Online
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



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyUniversity of California-Berkeley1983
Bachelor of ScienceUniversity of Minnesota1977





TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Katma AwardCooper Ornithological Society2015
Brewster MedalAmerican Ornithologists' Union2005


SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Web Design
  • 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 TitleGeographic Distribution of CWD Genetic Reistance
Starting Date01/03/2020


Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$2,500.00
Funding AgencyPope-Young Club


Grant TitleNebraska Wildlife (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/23/2019


Ending Date05/31/2020
Funding Level$8,080.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Parks Commission


Grant TitleNebraska Wildlife (Additional Funding)
Starting Date04/25/2018


Ending Date05/31/2019
Funding Level$14,495.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Parks Commission


Grant TitleNebraska Wildlife
Starting Date09/01/2016


Ending Date08/31/2018
Funding Level$234,846.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission



Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Applied Ecology

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 210Applied Ornithology XX