World-renowned ornithologist dies in car crash

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The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim of a fatal car crash as Bradley Livezey, a world-renowned Carnegie Museum of Natural History ornithologist.

The crash occurred along Route 910 near North Chapel Drive and Pearce Mill Road in Pine at around 9 this morning. Mr. Livezey, 56, of Wexford, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:07 a.m.

Mr. Livezey served as the birds curator at the museum. His research focused on flightless birds and on using genetic analysis to study the evolution of birds, among other things. A seminal paper he authored in 1986 led to classifications of birds adopted by many field guides and books on waterfowl.


Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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