Two thousand ornithologists converged for the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference on August 16-20 in Washington, DC.
American Ornithology did a series of pictorial interviews (“biosketches”) with people at the conference. Click on any photo to meet the ornithologists!
Kathleen Farley does urban ornithology and science education, working with American Woodcocks on the fringes of New York City.
Alec Lindsay uses genetic data to study linkage between Common Loon breeding and winter populations.
Gracias a Fernando Machado-Stredel for helping draw the Venezuelan coastline on a biosketch of his wood-wren research.
Researcher Nicole Wood found herself on the wrong side of a Mute Swan one time in Michigan.
Dan Baldassarre, a 2016 COS Young Professional Award winner, made discoveries about Red-backed Fairywrens with red versus orange backs in Australia.
Alberto Lobato does bird monitoring in his native Mexico and also tells stories about birds—including this Bearded Wood-Partridge he drew.
Kenn Kaufman cares a lot about birds, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and Kimberly Kaufman.
Alice Boyle studies climate constraints on tropical birds, like this White-ruffed Manakin.
Emily Cohen of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center studies migrating songbirds on the Gulf of Mexico.
Janet Ng studies effects of human development on birds of prey, like this larger-than-life Ferruginous Hawk (“All birds are larger than life,” she said).
This is Elizabeth Abraham releasing a rehabbed Newell’s Shearwater in Hawaii, in a biosketch she drew.
Double biosketch: Preeti Desai and Elizabeth Sorrell were at NAOC tweeting for Audubon.
Postdoc Ari Martinez: how information use explains which species hang out together (like this antshrike with these two antwrens).
This American Crow, named “GO,” was dear to UW student Kaeli Swift’s heart.
Lillie Kline, who studies Neotropic agroecosystems, drew this White-throated Magpie-Jay (plus a neighboring cow).
Ryan O’Connor studies thermal physiology and heat tolerance in nightjars of South Africa, including this Freckled Nightjar.
Meet Anjolene Hunt, who studies forestry effects on Canada Warblers at University of Alberta.
Student AOU member Jeffrey Lee drew his own biosketch—he studies relationship of urban birds and habitat.
Polar bears, snow geese, and drones all figure into Andrew Barnas’s exciting auto-biosketch.
This is Nina Hill studying secretive marsh birds and invasive vegetation in Minnesota prairie potholes.
Noelle Moen studies communities of riparian birds (like this Lazuli Bunting) along rivers in eastern Oregon—and also loves flamingos.
Meet Rebecca Heisman, who brings ornithology to the people for the Auk and Condor journals.
MS student Danielle Williams drew her own biosketch—she studies noise effects on Eastern Bluebird reproduction.
The inimitable Steve Dudley of BOU/IBIS is all about ornithology, science communication, and birding on the Greek island of Lesvos.
This is George Cummins studying predator response in Hawaiian birds (that’s a rat at the top of the stick, and an ʻiʻiwi nest).
Meet Nathan Senner, who studies population dynamics in extreme organisms—his biosketch features two godwit species and a mouse.
Meet Monica Iglecia of Manomet, whose work improves migratory shorebird habitat around the western hemisphere.
Learn more about the American Ornithology biosketch series here.