Dr. Andrew (Andy) Kasner received a B.S. (1995) and M.S. (1999) in Biology from Angelo State University and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University in 2004. Andy’s graduate and post-graduate research and conservation work have focused primarily on waterbirds, especially Interior Least Terns, sandpipers, and colonial wading birds, terns, and gulls in his home state of Texas. Andy has served in various roles in pursuit of his interests in bird conservation and ecology, including as a university faculty member and research biologist; as the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Texas, with a focus on coastal bird conservation; and as a member of multiple state, regional, and international organizations and committees focused on bird conservation, including current membership in the Interior Least Tern Working Group and the IUCN Heron Specialist Group.
Andy’s research interests continue to be focused on the ecology and conservation of birds, but have broadened to include other vertebrate taxa as determined by the interests of his students. Andy has held active leadership and service positions in scientific societies such as the Texas Academy of Science and Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and has held recent editorial positions for Texas Journal of Science and American Midland Naturalist. Andy is excited to broaden his participation and contribution to waterbird conservation in his new role as Editor of Waterbirds.