Area of Expertise
Bird Migration; Zoology
  • B.S. University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA, 1963
  • M.S. Radar Ornithology, Louisiana State University, LA, USA, 1965
  • Ph.D. Louisiana State University, LA, USA, 1968

Dr. Gauthreaux, Professor of Zoology at Clemson University, is one of the pioneers in the use of radar to study bird movements in the atmosphere, and he has been particularly interested in bird migration across the Gulf of Mexico and over the eastern United States. Within the last few years, modern Doppler weather radar has revolutionized the study of bird migration, making it possible to monitor even more closely the movements of birds through the atmosphere. Currently, the department of the Interior and the Nature Conservancy are using information gathered by Dr. Gauthreaux on important migration stopover areas in an effort to evaluate these areas for habitat protection projects.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Gauthreaux's research efforts have yielded over 125 academic publications, and his career has yielded him many honors, among them being named fellow of several other societies including the American Ornithologists Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft. In addition to being a current fellow, he has served as President of the Animal Behavior Society and Chair of the South Carolina Heritage Trust Advisory Board. Dr. Gauthreaux embodies what makes the study of animal behavior so special: he sees himself as one of the fortunate individuals who can combine their vocation and avocation. Studying birds during migration is part of his research, however during the rest of the year he observes, draws and paints birds for pleasure.