David W. Steadman is the Curator of Ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. He came to the University of Florida in 1995, after being Curator of Vertebrates at the New York State Museum for 10 years. He has a B.S. in Biology (Edinboro State College), M.S. in Zoology (University of Florida), and a Ph.D. in Geosciences (University of Arizona). Dave's primary research interests are the biogeography, paleontology, and community ecology of tropical birds. He has done research in more than 45 countries, including 150 different islands in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Dave is the author of 205 scientific publications, including Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds, published by University of Chicago Press in 2006. His current research includes projects in Florida, the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Guyana, and Peru.