In my quest to watch more documentaries than a film student I just viewed Ghost Bird (eh, so so). It did have several segments with this guy…
Scott Edwards. Bird Dude.
From the website:
Scott’s interest in ornithology and natural history began as a child growing up in Riverdale, Bronx, NYC, where he undertook his first job in environmental science working for an environmental institute called Wave Hill. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986. As an undergraduate, Scott took a year off from his studies to learn what it is biologists do – he spent 6 months volunteering at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, then gained his first field experience assisting with research on the natural history and conservation of native birds in Hawaii and northern California. He returned to Harvard to finish his degree, and enrolled in the PhD program in the (then) Zoology Department (now Integrative Biology) the University of California, Berkeley. During his first year as a graduate student, he spent 10 months in New Guinea and Australia first volunteering in research on ecology of birds-of-paradise and later striking off on his own to embark on what would become his dissertation project, a study combining of the genetics and population structure of a group of cooperatively breeding songbirds called babblers (Pomatostomus) found throughout Australia and New Guinea. He received his PhD in 1992.