Benjamin Zuckerberg


Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I arrived a bit late to the wonderful world of ecology. I was, however, lucky enough to start studying birds as an undergraduate at Connecticut College (under the tutelage of Bob Askins), and went on to get my Masters from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After spending several years studying birds in the field, I became interested in how the environment influences bird populations at geographic scales. I received my Ph.D. from SUNY-ESF where I focused on studying range shifts in bird distributions as a consequence of climate change. I got hooked, and then spent three great years as a postdoc and research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2011 and it’s been a wild ride working with great collaborators and building a lab focused on studying how modern climate change impacts birds and mammals. I remain a strong advocate for the role of the public in collecting data on wildlife and feel that citizen science has opened entirely new fields in ecological research. Although I enjoy all the natural beauty and craft beers of Wisconsin, I am a New Yorker at heart and remain a diehard Yanks, Knicks, and Giants fan.

Contact Information

Benjamin Zuckerberg, Ph.D.
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

226 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive; Rm. 213
Madison, WI 53706-1598
Phone: 608-262-8879; Fax: 608-262-9922
Email: bzuckerberg[at]

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Curriculum vitae


  • Connecticut College; B.A. in Zoology, 1998
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst; M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, 2002
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Ph.D. in Ecology, 2008
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Research Associate, 2008-2011


  • Chair, Wildlife Working Group, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts
  • Affiliate Member, Center for Climatic Research (University of Wisconsin-Madison)