Peter E. Lowther's early interest in birds developed into Ph.D. studies at the University of Kansas, where he studied evolution of House Sparrows for his MA and breeding biology of House Sparrows for his PhD. He had taught at the University of Northern Iowa and at Idaho State University before getting a position at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, as a computer systems specialist. He retired in 2010 and at present is Research Associate and Volunteer at The Field Museum. He is married with three daughters. He also bicycles, fences foil and épée, and plays cello and bass. Current address: The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott M. Lanyon began his study of Painted Buntings under the guidance of Charles Thompson and later Val Nolan, Jr. His Ph.D. studies at Louisiana State University focused on systematic affinities within the Tyrannoidea and on the effect of taxon selection on phylogeny reconstruction. Lanyon served 10 years as Head of the Division of Birds at the Field Museum of Natural History before he became Director of the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota. Current research efforts are focused on the phylogenetic affinities within the Icteridae and the evolution of behavior and plumage within this group. He is married and has 2 daughters. Current address: James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0104. E-mail: email@example.com.
Christopher W. Thompson is Senior Research Biologist for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and Research Associate in the Zoology Division, Burke Museum, University of Washington. His childhood interest in herpetology switched to ornithology at age 15 after he took a high school course in ornithology from his longtime friend and mentor, M. Reid Bush. Thompson received degrees from Princeton University (B.S., 1980), the University of Texas at Austin (M.S., 1988), and Arizona State University (Ph.D., 1992). One common theme in his research has been an interest in the evolution of color patterns in animals, especially birds, and in potential physiological and phylogenetic constraints in the evolution of molting strategies that give rise to different color patterns among ages, sexes, and seasons. His current research focuses on the management and conservation of alcids, especially the Marbled Murrelet and Common Murre. Current address: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012-1296. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.