Professor Sherry has taught at Tulane since Spring, 1989, after extensive studies at Dartmouth College (undergraduate, MS degree, and post-doc) and UCLA (Ph.D. dissertation). He is married with two grown children, and enjoys gardening, watching birds, hiking and camping, cooking, and enjoying New Orleans Jazz, food, and other aspects of its rich culture. His research has focused on understanding the population and community ecology of migration, especially long-distance migration of New World wood warblers (Parulidae) wintering in the Caribbean region, especially Jamaica, where he has conducted research since 1986. Another research interest is foraging, feeding ecology, and diets, mostly focusing on birds that eat insects. Since studying tropical birds extensively, including both migratory birds wintering in the Caribbean and mainland Central American birds, he is now working on a book on the evolution of specialization in tropical insectivorous birds, and consequences of this specialization for understanding Biological communities including the vulnerability of tropical organisms to global change. In most of his teaching and research, Professor Sherry is passionate about climate change and other environmental threats.
Professor Sherry has taught a variety of courses at Tulane, including Vertebrate Morphology, Population Ecology, and Evolution. He now teaches mostly General Ecology (for all EE Biology majors) and Conservation Biology (for Environmental Biology majors). Additionally, he is the Siegel Professor in the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, where he teaches an interdisciplinary course on Climate Change and design thinking. He also co-teaches an interdisciplinary course on Environmental Perspectives with three other faculty in other departments. He uses a variety of pedagogies from lecturing to student-centered classroom activities to a writing-intensive course (Climate Change).
Professor Sherry is also active in the American Ornithological Society as President-elect for two years (2018-2020), whence he becomes President for another two years.