Cyndy Parr

Jackdaw of all trades

About me

My biological interests include bioacoustics and the evolution of social behavior in birds, community ecology, and systematics. Following postdoctoral work at Seoul National University in South Korea, I began focused work in biodiversity informatics, first as the content development director for the Animal Diversity Web, and later as research staff at the Human‐Computer Interaction Laboratory (University of Maryland) and eBiquity Lab (University of Maryland Baltimore County). I’ve conducted research on data sharing in ecology and systematics, educational technology, tree and graph visualizations for biodiversity information, and semantic web technologies.

My current interests include social practices in biological data sharing. Plus I’m a backyard moth-blacklighter and fungi-photographer.

The EOL Species Pages Group is based at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. We are responsible for working with the scientific community and citizen enthusiasts to assemble and vet information about all described, living species so that it can be served on EOL pages.

My info

Full name
Cyndy Parr
I am
an enthusiast, a citizen scientist, a professional scientist
Curator level
Master Curator


2670 objects curated
1286 taxa curated
1202 images set as exemplar
48 articles selected for Overview
202 preferred classifications selected

67 common names added
2 common names removed
32 common names curated
0 Wikipedia articles nominated

636 taxa commented
1754 comments submitted
65 articles added
1 data record added
*counts are refreshed daily

Curator qualifications


University of Michigan, PhD 1997 Thesis: Social behavior and vocal communication of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Member of Ecological Society of America, Animal Behavior Society

Director, Species Pages Group Encyclopedia of Life National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution

Curation scope
Primary expertise in worldwide Corvidae, some expertise in Lepidoptera and other animal groups.