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Kevin R. Burgio

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
ORISE Fellow
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

Kevin Burgio is an integrative ecologist and generally studies of how disturbance, like climate change and habitat loss, affects the distribution and extinction risk of birds and other animals. He also does research in the fields of science communication and education.

Aside from ecological research, Kevin is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality in science, and is a first-generation college student, disabled military veteran, single-parent, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. He sometimes writes about social justice issues in science, like this article on the barriers to open science and how remote postdoctoral jobs can be a tool for more inclusiveness in STEM.

Additionally, he is a science communicator and regularly writesperforms, and appears on podcasts to discuss science, conservation, and being a scientist.

In his spare time, Kevin hangs out with his daughter spending time outdoors birdwatching, metal detecting, fishing, and rockhounding. He also enjoys restoring vintage items, such as cast-iron pans, furniture, and watches.


ORISE Fellow, United States Geological Survey, 2022
Consultant Conservation Biologist, Terwilliger Consulting Inc., 2022
Subject Editor, Avian Conservation and Ecology, 2020
Research Scientist, University of Connecticut, 2019


Ph.D. (NSF Graduate Research Fellow) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. University of Connecticut, 2017
B.A. (Summa cum laude, Goldwater Scholar, University Scholar) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. University of Connecticut, 2010


Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Hunter College, 2021-2022
Director of Conservation & Science, New York City Audubon Society, 2021
Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut, 2021
Program Leader and Research Specialist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2019-2020
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Connecticut, 2017-2019


Burgio, K.R., K.E. Davis, L.M. Dreiss, B.T. Klingbeil, L.M. Cisneros, S.J. Presley, C.B. van Rees, and M.R. Willig. 2022. Integrating multiple dimensions of biodiversity to inform global parrot diversity. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. 45.2:189–202. DOI: 10.32800/ABC.2022.45.0189
Burgio, K.R., C.J. Carlson, A.L. Bond, M.A. Rubega, and M.W. Tingley. 2021. The two extinctions of the Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis). Bird Conservation International. 1-8. DOI:10.1017/S0959270921000241
Burgio, K.R., C.J. Carlson, and M.W. Tingley. 2017. Lazarus ecology: recovering the natural history of the extinct Carolina parakeet. Ecology & Evolution. 7:5467–5475. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3135