About the Author

Bill Majoros is a computer scientist, musician, author, and bird watcher.  Early in his career he worked on Top Secret classified projects for the United States government as a contractor at the Lockheed-Martin Corporation, followed by contributions to the human genome project at Celera Genomics that determined the very first complete genomic human DNA sequence.  His seminal book on computational methods for finding genes in DNA (Cambridge University Press, 2007) has been used as a textbook for PhD-level courses at a number of prominent universities.  His research at Duke University focuses on finding mathematical patterns in DNA, particularly in the evolution of DNA elements that regulate the expression levels of genes.  This research has the potential to impact future cures for various diseases.
    In a more avian vein, he has applied mathematical techniques to the study of syntactic structure in bird song, with a minor publication in 2001 resulting from hundreds of hours of recording wild bird song in the field followed by analyses to characterize the grammatical capabilities of a particular species of songbird

The author and his dog, Brandy, at Duke University.
(Photo by Rick Fisher.  Used with permission.)

His bird photos have been featured in displays at state museums, in publications by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in wall calendars published by local nature associations, by the Sierra Club, by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and on plaques at local parks.  He is a proponent of the Open Access movement for free access to scientific information, and has published research articles in open-access journals.  He currently resides with his two labrador retrievers in North Carolina.  A sample of his photography portfolio can be viewed at ThirdBirdFromTheSun.com.