Dr. Nate Rice
Collection Manager

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Nate’s primary responsibility is to the care and maintenance of the ornithology collection. He also conducts research investigating the evolutionary biology of various neotropical bird groups. His ongoing research interests focus on the systematic relationships of ground antbirds (Formicariidae) and their relatives. Recent publications include: Antbird paraphyly, Nesting of Myrmornis torquata, Phylogeny of "Antipitta" Formicariidae, and Phylogeny of Aphelocoma ecological niche differentiation.

Nate has field and collecting experience throughout the United States as well as parts of Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America. Current fieldwork has focused on enhancing the Academy’s series of Australian bird specimens. Much of this work is being done in collaboration with the Australian National Wildlife Collection. The addition of eastern North American specimens into the collection is mainly done through salvage work of birds killed in collisions with buildings or washed up on shore during tropical storms.

Dr. Jason Weckstein
Associate Curator of Ornithology


Jason Weckstein is an associate professor in Drexel's BEES department and associate curator in the department of Ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Jason obtained his BS degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1993, his MS in Zoology from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Louisiana State University in 2003. After obtaining his PhD Jason was a postdoctoral fellow at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he stayed on as a staff scientist until joining the BEES faculty. Jason has over 17 years of experience working in natural history museums and has conducted research on birds and their parasites in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Ghana, Malawi, Nicaragua, and Brazil. In addition to his teaching, training, and research, Jason's additional interests at the Academy of Natural Sciences include collections building, curation and public outreach.