Faces of AOS: Charles F. Thompson Bio

Charlie Thompson• Email:

• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Member of the AOS Research Grants Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Research Professor, Illinois State University

• My current career stage:
Senior Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
PhD advisor: Val Nolan Jr, Indiana University
Postdoc advisor: Carl Helms, University of Georgia

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I get to ask interesting questions about birds and work with great students.

• My favorite bird and why:
House wren. They have been very good to me.

• I am involved with AOS because:
It is my professional home

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
There are a lot of people in the club who find birds as fascinating as I do, which isn’t true anyplace else.

• Birds are important to me because:
They are very interesting

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Don’t let anyone discourage you

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Why, really, do birds engage in extra-pair matings?

• Fun random fact about myself:
I’ve eaten the stomach contents of a walrus