Staff Spotlight

Dr. David W. Steadman

David Steadman portraitCurator of Ornithology
320 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611

352-273-1968 or 352-273-1969


Ph.D. Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1982

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Florida Museum Ornithology Collection


Research Interests

Biogeography, systematics, community ecology, zooarchaeology, and paleontology of birds, especially on tropical islands. Current focus is on habitat associations, species-area relationships, turnover, extinction, comparative osteology, and species-level systematics of landbirds from Pacific and Caribbean islands.



Andrew Kratter - Ornithology Collection Manager

Thomas Webber - Ornithology Collection Manager


Representative Publications

Steadman, D.W. 1998. Status of landbirds on selected islands in the Ha'apai Group, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Science 52:14-34.

Steadman, D.W. & P.V. Kirch. 1998. Biogeography and prehistoric exploitation of birds in the Mussau Islands, Papua New Guinea. Emu 98:13-22.

Steadman, D.W. 1998. [Review of] The Origin and Evolution of Birds by Alan Feduccia. The Wilson Bulletin 110:140-141.

Steadman, D.W. 1998. From glaciers to global warming: the long-term ecology of birds in New York State. pp. 56-71 in E. Levine, ed. Birds of New York State. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

Steadman, D.W. & L.J. Justice. 1998. Prehistoric exploitation of birds on Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. Man and Culture in Oceania 14:81-98.