CVMBS Associate Professor Elected American Ornithological Society Fellow

Dr. Donald Brightsmith headshot
Dr. Donald Brightsmith

Dr. Donald Brightsmith, an associate professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVMBS) Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB), has been elected as a fellow into the American Ornithological Society (AOS), the nation’s most prestigious professional society of avian scientists.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by this elite group of peers after so many years of working to understand and conserve the tropical birds I care so much about,” Brightsmith said.

Brightsmith is one of 19 new fellows elected in 2021 for his exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology and service to the AOS. He joins a total of 530 fellows from around the world.

“I am very pleased that the Society has recognized Dr. Brightsmith as a leading scientist and scholar of the discipline,” said Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli, VTPB department head. “We are very proud that he will be representing VTPB and the college in the ornithology professional community.”

Brightsmith joined the CVMBS in 2005 and has focused his research on conservation, ecology, and the health and welfare of parrots. He is an active member of the college’s Schubot Center for Avian Health and co-director of The Macaw Society, a long-term research study of the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in Peru’s Tambopata region and throughout Latin America.

He teaches a variety of courses on research and biodiversity, including study abroad courses in Costa Rica and Peru.


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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of VMBS Communications, Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,, 979-862-4216

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