Meet Charles Walcott, Ph.D.

Charles Walcott, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University (NY)

Dr. Walcott's distinguished research on animal sensory capacities and communications includes studies on magnetoreception in migratory birds and homing pigeons, the way certain spiders hear with their legs, and the distinct communications of loons. In addition to his scientific work, he has had a deep commitment to science outreach, especially in science programs such as a television series for in-school use, Exploring Nature, The Elementary Science Curriculum Study, NOVA, and 3-2-1 Contact.

Charles Walcott appeared on Science for the Public's program, Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations on April 19, 2022 to explain magnetoreception, that special gift of migratory creatures --as well as some other areas of his research.

Finding Their Way: How Migratory Creatures Get Where They’re Going,


  • Korrespondierendes Mitglied Deutsche Ornithologen-gesellschaft
  • Scientific Fellow New York Zoological Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation 2008 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh