Flight Lab Personnel

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Office: Field Research Station
Email: nataliestudiesbirds@gmail.com

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I study avian evolution, biogeography, morphology, and functional ecology. I use macroecological and phylogenetic comparative methods in combination with detailed field studies to test questions about biogeography and functional ecology. Much of my research involves museum collections and databases, to which I contribute through specimen collection and preparation.


Grady, J.M., B.J. Enquist, E. Dettweiler-Robinson, N.A. Wright, and F.A. Smith. 2014. Evidence for mesothermy in dionsaurs. Science 344:1268-1272.

Wright, N.A., T.R. Gregory, and C.C. Witt. 2014. Metabolic 'engines' of flight drive genome size reduction in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281:20132780.

Steadman, D.W., J.R. Morris, and N.A. Wright. 2013. A new species of late Pleistocene rail (Aves: Rallidae) from Abaco, the Bahamas. Paleontological Journal 47:1355-1364.

Wright, N.A. and D.W. Steadman. 2012. Insular avian adaptations on two Neotropical continental islands. Journal of Biogeography 39:1891-1899.

Sibly, R.M., C.C. Witt, N.A. Wright, C. Venditti, W. Jetz, and J.H. Brown. 2012. Energetics, ecology, and reproduction in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109:10937-10941.

Benham, P. M., E. J. Beckman, S. G. DuBay, M. Flores, A. B. Johnson, M. J. Lelevier, C. J. Schmitt, N.A. Wright, and C. C. Witt. 2011. Satellite imagery reveals new critical habitat for endangered bird species in the high Andes of Peru. Endangered Species Research 13:145-157.

Steadman, D.W., J.R. Montambault, S.K. Robinson, S.N. Oswalt, T.J. Brandeis, G.A. Londoño, M.J. Reetz, W.M. Schelsky, N.A. Wright, J.P. Hoover, J. Jankowski, A.W. Kratter, A.E. Martínez, and J. Smith. 2009. Relative Abundance and Habitat Use of Wintering Neotropical Migrants and Resident Landbirds on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:41-53.