Dr. Tim Brush recently retired as a Professor of Biology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus, in Edinburg, Texas. He was born and raised in central New Jersey, where his parents encouraged him to read and to enjoy nature. He became interested in birds at age 14, when he noticed Turkey Vultures flying over the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania, and a foraging Eastern Phoebe in a natural area near his home in Piscataway, New Jersey.
He majored in Biology and further developed his interest in birds at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, from which he graduated in 1977. In 1981, he received an MS in Zoology from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, where he studied cavity-nesting birds in desert riparian woodlands along the lower Colorado River. In 1985, he received PhD in Zoology, for his study of habitat use and foraging behavior of birds in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
In 1991, after teaching for 5 years at a small college in Iowa, he and his family moved to Edinburg, Texas, to begin what turned out to be a thirty-year career. He has studied and taught about the changing birdlife and habitats of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, trying to understand what is happening and why. He has traveled to and studied birds in Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. His wife and three children are all strongly interested in nature. Tim looks forward to continued research and travel.